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Nuclear waste lab eases radiation fears

Public Health and Sanitation minister Beth Mugo said the government had already released Sh264 million for the construction of the lab. Photo/FILE
Public Health and Sanitation minister Beth Mugo said the government had already released Sh264 million for the construction of the lab. Photo/FILE 

A Sh520 million laboratory is being constructed in Karen, Nairobi, to treat radioactive waste as the country prepares for increased use of nuclear technology.

The Central Radioactive Waste Processing Facility (CRWPF) will be built on a 11.26 acre piece of land at Oloolua forest in Karen.

Public Health and Sanitation minister Beth Mugo said the government had already released Sh264 million for the construction of the lab that will handle the waste from institutions including hospitals, universities, research institutes, quality inspectors, and manufacturing firms.

Poor disposal

Presently, each institution stores its own waste leading to poor disposal.

“Some do not even know what to do with it so this facility creates a solution to this challenge,” said Chief Radiation Protection Officer Joel Kamande.

Radioactive waste is stored at various locations including Nairobi Hospital, Materials Branch of the Ministry of Public Works, the Institute of Primate Research, the Radiation Protection Board, and at the International Livestock Research Institute.

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