Greenpeace returns nuclear material to Tuwaitha storage facility, Iraq

Multimedia | 7 July, 2003

In July of 2003, Greenpeace discovered nuclear materials strewn around Tuwaitha, Iraq, some registering as much as 10,000 times background levels. While US troops rushed to secure oil installations, the Tuwaitha plant was unsecured for more than six weeks. US military personnel broke IAEA seals in their search for weapons of mass destruction, then left the facility unguarded. Barrels of yellowcake and other low level radiation sources were looted by local residents. Radiation sources were found outside schools and in people's homes.