Radiological Site Cleanup Health and Safety Preservation Aviation Cleanup

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Summary Statement

This clip shows worker health and safety protections in place at this Superfund site in North Hollywood, California. Two small warehouses were filled to overflowing with more than one million obsolete World War II aircraft gauges, many contaminated with radioactive Radium 226. Additional gauges were found in an outside storage yard in old wooden and cardboard boxes, many of which were leaking. It was one of a series of sites involving radium-dial aircraft gauges to which EPA responded. This site was the largest found at that time. The large amount of debris, the poor condition of the site, and lack of security created an extreme fire hazard. Improper handling of radioactive materials in large and small industries can create extensive contamination of buildings, equipment, and land. These sites are not only dangerous but are expensive to clean up.
2005

4:29 mins.
Safety and Health Trainers
EPA