PA DEP: Missing Nuclear Gauge Recovered; Radioactive Materials Intact

Jan 21, 2010, 14:59 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection said today that officials in Economy, Beaver County, located the nuclear density gauge that was reported missing last week by Coraopolis-based Jeff Zell Consultants Inc.

A member of Economy's road crew discovered the device intact and in its transportation case along Cooney Hollow Road and immediately reported it to police.

Staff from the DEP's Bureau of Radiation Protection inspected the gauge this morning and confirmed that the radioactive materials did not leak and did not present any danger to the public during the time the device was missing.

Jeff Zell Consultants Inc. discovered that the device, which is commonly used to measure the density of materials during construction projects, was missing on Jan. 4 during a routine inventory check.

The company is licensed through DEP to own and operate equipment containing radioactive materials. DEP's ongoing investigation will determine whether the company violated its license by not reporting the device as missing for 10 days. If a violation is determined, appropriate enforcement action will be taken.

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection