Grand Canyon tourists reportedly exposed for years to radiation

Grand Canyon tourists reportedly exposed for years to radiation

Three paint buckets filled with uranium sat in the Grand Canyon Museum Collection building for almost two decades while tourists were unaware they were being exposed to radiation, a safety manager at the National Park has claimed.

The public was not made aware of the drums or the alleged exposure to radiation until Elston Stephenson, the park's safety, health and wellness manager, emailed his colleagues to warn them of the incident and tell them that nothing was done to warn employees or the public.

Tourists at the Grand Canyon Museum Collection building were exposed to radiation for almost two decades, a safety manager has claimed.

Stephenson says the ore was dumped by NPS specialists into a nearby mine in June, though, he adds, they inexplicably brought the buckets back to the museum collections building.

People take the first official walk on the Skywalk, billed as the first-ever cantilever-shaped glass walkway extending 70 feet from the western Grand Canyon's rim more than 4,000 feet above the Colorado River, on March 20, 2007 on the Hualapai Reservation at Grand Canyon, Arizona.

"The radiation readings, at first blush, exceeds [sic] the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's safe limits". "I've been cut off from any kind of information".

They were located near a taxidermy exhibit, he said, where children would sit for a half-hour on tours.

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He also said he believes exposures to the substance are 400 times above the health limit for what is considered to be safe for adults and 4,000 for children.

Eventually, he obtained a report from the Park Service's regional safety manager, that confirmed the area was "positive for radioactivity above background" and showed high levels near the taxidermy area.

The drums were removed from the building last month, but the building remains open to the public.

An investigation is now underway, Stephenson called it a cover-up, telling AZ Central he had repeatedly asked National Park executives to inform the public "only to be stonewalled".

She did not address Stephenson's allegations.

"There is no current risk to the park employees or public", Davis said.

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