Visited the Grand Canyon since 2000? You'll have great photos – and maybe a teensy bit of unwanted radiation

www.theregister.co.uk | 2/19/2019 | Staff
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Grand Canyon visitors may have been exposed to bonus alpha radiation after a teenager stumbled across buckets of raw uranium ore in the National Park’s museum.

Elston “Swede” Stephenson, the safety, health, and wellness manager working at the breathtaking American landmark, claims park officials failed to act appropriately and refused to warn the public about potential health concerns, in an attempt to cover up the mishap. In a bizarre story, first reported this week by The Arizona Republic, Stephenson recounts the tale of what happened when three five gallon buckets chock-full of uranium ore were found inside the park’s museum.

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The containers were found by another employee’s teenage son. Described as a “Geiger counter enthusiast,” the teen was stunned when his device suddenly began clicking away incessantly as he explored the site. The source of the elevated radiation readings was traced to three plastic buckets bunched together in the park's Museum Collections Building.

Stephenson reckoned they had been left sitting beside a taxidermy exhibit for a whopping 18 years, from 2000 onwards, and one was so full of the radiative rocks that the lid of one of the drums couldn’t be closed.

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The discovery prompted the museum’s employees to quietly remove the stash from public view in 2018. The radioactive specimens were stored in another building within the museum site, and left untouched for months until Stephenson kicked up a fuss.

He called in technicians to remove the rocks, which were eventually dumped into Orphan Mine, about two miles away from the Grand Canyon Village. When he asked about the radiation readings, he said the technicians refused to tell him any more details.

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So, he filed an official report with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency within the federal government’s Department of Labor. Official inspectors paid a visit to the National Park and found...
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