The NRC responded to these findings with a sound "Nuh-uh, we're doing fine." Crisis averted!
One Of The Most Expensive U.S. Nuclear Accidents Ever Happened Because Someone Bought The Wrong Cat Litter
Aside from covering up the toxic stench of cat shit, kitty litter has dozens of Pinterest-worthy alternative uses, from cleaning up oil stains to saving a cell phone you dropped in the toilet. It's also a key component in nuclear waste disposal, because litter isn't at all picky about what it absorbs. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for nuclear waste, which is very, very picky about the brand of litter it uses.
Whoever was in charge of buying the litter for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico back in 2014 had a fundamental (and hilarious) misunderstanding of the whole process. See, the point of using cat litter for nuclear waste disposal is that most cat litter is clay, which is inorganic. Note the word "most."
We're not sure if it was just on sale or if it had the cutest cat pictured on the bag, but the plant began packaging nuclear waste in a brand called "sWheat Scoop" -- which, as you might have sussed, is an eco-friendly product made from wheat, not clay. Being all organic and stuff, wheat is absolutely not recommended for nuclear waste disposal, even if it's in kitty litter form. Packed into a drum with radioactive material, the two created a delightful condition called "thermal runaway," which we're picturing as an even more lethal version of a fart hot box. In other words, the drum exploded.
Pet Care Systems, Inc.sWheat Scoop, Destroyer of Worlds