Savannah River Site will seek outside help in its quest to define a mysterious, cobweblike growth that thrives on spent nuclear fuel.
“Analysis so far shows that bacteria are present in this material,” SRS spokesman Jim Giusti said. “We presently know nothing of its origin, how this material was formed or if this is the result of biological activity.”
The “white, stringlike” substance was discovered in October growing among spent fuel assemblies submerged in pools in the U.S. Department of Energy site’s L Area, where nuclear materials from foreign and domestic research reactors are stored and guarded.
Although scientists aren’t sure exactly what the material is, the mysterious lint appears to be spreading.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle
They have not yet figured out what it is. Intriguing. A bit scary since they say it “seems to like the fuel”. This is a scary movie in the making. DNA results are expected later this month or early April.