PA DEP News Release : No Radioactive Contamination Detected Outside Beaver Falls Scrapyard

No Radioactive Contamination Detected Outside Beaver Falls Scrapyard

On February 23, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was notified that recycle scrap contaminated with radioactive material was shipped from a PSC Metals, Inc. facility in Beaver Falls, PA, to two facilities in Ohio. A radium-226 source of unknown origin was accidentally shredded with other materials, then shipped to processing facilities in Ohio.

A team from DEP’s Radiation Protection Program took extensive readings at the Beaver Falls scrapyard.  Elevated readings were found on one large metal shredder and on gloves used by two workers. DEP is performing additional testing to ensure that there was no skin contamination. Radium-226 can be harmful if ingested.

Read article