connectVideoHundreds of the Grand Canyon museum tourists are exposed to dangerous levels of radiation
Tourists at the Grand Canyon in the Collection of the Museum building were exposed to radiation for nearly two decades, a safety manager has claimed.
Three paint buckets filled with uranium was in the Grand Canyon Museum Collection building for nearly two decades while the tourists were unaware that they were exposed to radiation, a safety manager at the National Park has claimed.
The containers were removed from the site in the past year, but not brought to the attention of the public until this month, after Elston Stephenson, the park, the safety, the health and wellness manager, warned his colleagues via e-mail that nothing was done to warn employees or the public.
“If you are in the Museum Collections Building (2C) between the years 2000 and June 18, 2018, you were ‘exposed’ to uranium by OSHA in the definition of” Stephenson’s e-mail read.
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Stephenson said the buckets were placed in an area where tours to an average of 30 minutes and close the exposure could have exposed adults is 400 times the health limit, and children are 4,000 times.
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Emily Davis, a public affairs specialist in the Grand Canyon, said the Park Service has started an investigation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Arizona Republic reported. Davis said that the building remains open.
“The information I have is that the stones were removed, and there is no danger,” Davis said.