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Grand Canyon tourists exposed for years to radiation in museum building, safety manager says

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    I assumed this may have been a bit of an overreaction / blown our of proportion until I read this part: The entire botched cover-up of hiding the buckets in the basement when found out, then...

    I assumed this may have been a bit of an overreaction / blown our of proportion until I read this part:

    According to Stephenson, the uranium specimens had been in a basement at park headquarters for decades and were moved to the museum building when it opened, around 2000.

    One of the buckets was so full that its lid would not close.

    Stephenson said the containers were stored next to a taxidermy exhibit, where children on tours sometimes stopped for presentations, sitting next to uranium for 30 minutes or more. By his calculation, those children could have received radiation dosages in excess of federal safety standards within three seconds, and adults could have suffered dangerous exposure in less than a half-minute.

    The entire botched cover-up of hiding the buckets in the basement when found out, then moving them with gardening gloves and dumping the uranium in a superfund site just to return the irradiated buckets back to the museum is just all kinds of embarrassing.

    This guy does come off as a bit of a crank in this article, but I really can't blame him considering the circumstances. I am glad that he came forward to bring attention to this.

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