Mysterious white web on nuclear fuel still unidentified

DNA labs to tackle mystery growth on SRS nuclear waste

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

Remember this stuff from last year?

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.

  3 comments for “Mysterious white web on nuclear fuel still unidentified

  1. Fastmover01
    March 2, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Anything “odd” or “unexplained” that occurs to anything involving nuclear power and or it’s technology, is more than a tad worrisome. Espeecially when it appears to be biological and feeding on the fuel rods. Watched too many sci-fi movies…lol

  2. F89
    March 2, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Amazing! Possibly new life? And look, it’s photographed and samples have been taken and are being anaylized: all with out crazy fanfare and “leaked” info from a larger amout that is tantalizingly held out of reach.

  3. Vick
    March 4, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    What if it did eat nuclear waste? If the end product was less radioactive than the spent fuel, it could be part of the answer to our disposal problem. Yay, mutants!

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