Unsettling. A strange “stuff” growth like a “spider web” or a “white lint” on nuclear waste in Savannah River Nuclear Site and it is still unknown. May be biological.
Could we be dealing with a new and unknown species of extremophile?
I wander how strange is Life and in wich extreme environments growth….
Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site — a nuclear reservation in South Carolina — have identified a strange, cob-web like “growth” (their word, not ours) on the racks of the facility’s spent nuclear fuel assemblies. According to a report filed by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, “the growth, which resembles a spider web, has yet to be characterized, but may be biological in nature.” The Augusta Chronicle reported today that the “white, string-like” material was discovered amidst thousands of the spent fuel assemblies, which are submerged in deep nuclear storage pools within SRS’s L Area Complex.