VIDEO: Radiation Scare at DPW Compound Turns Out to Be Old Moisture Gauge; It Was Never a Threat to Public Health

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Guam – An “object” feared to be emitting hazardous levels of radiation turned out to be an old moisture gauge used to measure the level of moisture in the ground, often used in road construction projects.

The un-used device was purchased back in the 1970’s. It was found inside an old container at the back of the DPW compound in Upper Tumon packed in an old box with radioactive warning labels on it. The gauge has a radioactive element in it.

Deputy DPW Director Carl Dominguez raised the alarm yesterday when the package was found during a routine inspection of the container. A meeting was called involving Guam Fire, Civil Defense, DPW and the Guam Guard’s Civil Support Team and they planned out their response today.

CST Commander Lt. Col. Joseph Limtiaco said the device was not emitting hazardous levels of radiation and there was never any danger to the public. However, his team did re-pack the device in a new container. It will be disposed of by DPW at a later time.

READ the release from Civil Defense in FULL below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2012

Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), are working together with Department of Public Works (DPW), Guam Fire Department (GFD), Guam Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA) and the Guam National Guard 94th Civil Support Team (CST) to test an object possibly containing a small grade of HAZMAT material.

GFD requested on the technical assistance of the Guam National Guard 94th CST to perform readings that will identify if the box is emitting amounts of radiation.

Currently, the area and source is secured and is posing no immediate threat to the public.