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Lincoln,  Rhode Island
Providence County
Street Address: Crow Point Rd
Zip Code: 02865

EPA ID #: RID987486164
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Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) requested EPA's assistance to provide oversight and/or clean up activites at Fortune Metals and to evaluate other metal recyling facilities which may have shipped the radioactive material to Fortune Metals.

On September 8, 2009, a radiation source was discovered while surveying a pile of aluminum scrap metal. Subsequent investigation determined that the source was from a static eliminator bar made of aluminum which was coated with Radium 226. These static eliminator bars are used to take static out of paper during the manufacturing process. Preliminary radiation surveys suggest that most of the radium coating on the aluminum bar had fallen off during handeling at previous locations before it was delivered to Fortune Metals.

Fortune Metals hired a radiation clean up contractor who has surveyed the facility, secured the aluminum bar containing radium, segregated the pile of metal which contained the radium bar, and is developing a survey/clean up plan to mitigate the radiaiton contamination at the Fortune Metals facility. The Rhode Island Department of Health, Emergency Management, and DEM will provide oversight of these activities.

During discussions with Fortune Metals they identified four potential scrap metal facilities from which the static eliminator bar may have originated. These facilties are located in RI, CT, and MA. The radiation organizations from those states have evaluated the suspected facilities of concern and no radioactive contamination has been identified.

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Mike Nalipinski
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Address: US Environmental Protection Agency
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: OSRR02-2
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone #:617-918-1268
E-Mail Address:nalipinski.mike@epa.gov


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