|AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - SCRAP METAL WITH RADIUM DISCOVERED
The following was received from the state of New Jersey by email:
"The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection informed the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that a load of scrap metal from the John Blewett company in Howell, New Jersey set off the radiation alarm at Sims Metal Management in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. Sims rejected the load and it was returned to Blewett in Howell via a U.S. DOT special permit. Once returned to Blewitt, the load was dumped and what appeared to be the instrument panel from a World War II era plane was found to be the cause of the elevated readings. Based on readings taken at the site, it is estimated that the panel contains 61 microCi of Ra-226. The highest reading seen was 12.5 mR/hr on contact. Some of the glass covering over a gauge was broken. A gross wipe test indicated removable contamination was present. Those individuals who had touched the panel were checked for contamination or advised to check. The area where the panel had been originally placed was also checked, with slightly elevated readings discovered. All surfaces were cleaned to background levels, as well as the area where the panel had been originally secured. The panel and all items involved in the clean-up were placed in a five-gallon bucket and will be secured pending proper disposition through a waste broker."