E. Idaho officials question radioactive leak reporting

Idaho Falls, ID


By Gina Jameson


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) _ Emergency responders and an elected
official in eastern Idaho are questioning why they weren't
contacted immediately following a mishap with a radioactive

A worker for Sabia Incorporated inhaled an unknown amount of
strontium-90 on Friday while extracting radioactive material from a
gauge and preparing the gauge for disposal.

Jon Walker, an Idaho Falls Fire Department division chief and
leader of the state agency's Region 6 Hazardous Materials Response
Team, says he didn't find out about the leak until Saturday.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality says the medical
facility where the worker went, the hotel he was staying at, two
vehicles and a grocery store have tested negative for traces of

The D-E-Q says a portion of the building where the leak occurred
has been locked down and is being guarded to keep people out until
it can be cleaned.
(Post Register)

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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