I came across this article that includes a video about the third super-fund site listed in New York City, and it's a auto repair shop.
The Wolff-Alport Chemical Company used the site to extract rare earth metals from monazite sand in the 40's and 50's. A waste bi-product , Thorium
(Th) would be dumped down the sewers throughout this process, There are many interesting points/questions to cull from this report, a few of mine
1. I don't believe that this is the most radioactive site in NYC, just the one that the EPA decides to make us aware of. How many more of these sites
exist? How about your own town, city, or state?
2. The EPA regional administrator became concerned when a field report stated that due to the amount of rads, occupants should not lay on their back
on the floor, but also said there is no danger to the occupants health? I understand that the equivalent of 30 x-rays a day may not kill you right
away, but isn't exposure cumulative?
3. Who should pay for the cleanup of this, and other sites like it when they cannot find the responsible parties? They have known about it for
decades, and in fact, the gov't found out they were dumping thorium right into the sewer. Their idea of making the operation safer was "Hey, stop
throwing nuclear waste into the local waters, we want to buy it from you!". Should they not be responsible?
4. The EPA felt it is dangerous enough to make a lead sandwich on the area sidewalks with 2" of lead between two, 2" pieces of steel, but how about
inside the businesses?
So, how about it ATS:
- Does the EPA know, and intentionally ignore, other sites like this?
- Do you think lobbying plays a role in buying the EPA's "ignorance"? Any proof of this?
- Would you continue to work or run a business on this site after this evidence was uncovered?
And the kicker:
- Is it possible that the EPA "uncovered" this particular site because this part of the map is NYC's next hot real estate zone in the future?
See the article here:
Most Radioactive site in NYC