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Gert Town Louisiana Contamination: Radium-226

New Orleans Communications Director Beau Tidwell's full statement:
Our utmost priority is ensuring the safety of our residents.  Last year, the Cantrell Administration learned about the presence of underground material producing radiation below the road surface at the intersection of Lowerline Street and Coolidge Court.  The origin of the material is unknown and while it has been properly contained since being identified, it is now being removed out of an abundance of caution.  
After learning about the contamination, the City and its maintenance contractor engaged Baton Rouge-based ARS Aleut Remediation (AAR) in December 2018 to remove and dispose of what had been identified as a small amount of hazardous material located beneath the surface of the Lowerline Street and Coolidge Court intersection.  During the course of this work, the team, which also included the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, discovered that the contamination area was larger than originally anticipated and would need to be addressed as part of a subsequent effort.  
Since that time, the City has been working alongside the Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to develop a plan to address the contamination area on Lowerline Street between Olive and Edinburgh streets.  Furthermore, multiple scientists and experts were consulted to ensure that there was no current risk of acute exposure or health concerns, and that remediation work would be conducted with the lowest risk possible.
In advance of the start of this work, representatives from the City's Health Department and the Department of Public Works canvassed within a five block radius of the location to talk with residents and distribute information about the existing hazards, and what to expect during the removal process.  

The removal and disposal plan ensures the safety of residents, workers and the environment during and following the removal.  Representatives from EPA, LDEQ and the City will be onsite throughout operations to answer questions and be sure that any possible exposure is below the established limits. Crew members are wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including disposable coveralls and gloves is necessary to limit their exposure.  
Work began on Tuesday, May 28 and will take about three weeks to complete.  Crews have completed excavating Pthe site, removing all of the underground material and placing it in large containers.  Pending test results, the containers will be moved to either Utah or New Mexico. Repaving will begin Monday and is anticipated to be complete by the end of next week. 




Hi HHD, from your links.

They always say the radiation isn't harmful, even as they try to move it somewhere else.  

Quote:“This matter -- apparently -- was supposed to have been settled in 1996. There was a $52 million (remediation) payout. Was it settled or are these properties deranged to the effect that people shouldn’t be living here?” he asked.

So someone walked away with $52 million and the radiation hazard was still there.  

Quote:At one time, that area was a Superfund site.  A complete cleanup was ordered, that is, all the contaminated soil was supposed to have been removed, but it appears now, not all of it is gone, the lawsuit states.

What was left could have leached deeper into the ground, or mixed into run-off, according to the lawsuit.

It was cleaned up just good enough for government work.  There's so little oversight, the government contractors laugh all the way to the bank.  People find out they're not getting what they paid for a little too late and it just might not be as safe as they're led to believe.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Here's a little more information.  

Public records reveal details about discovery of Gert Town radioactive material
By Kimberly Curth |  July 1, 2019 at 10:47 PM CDT - Updated July 2 at 6:41 AM
Quote:According to a Department of Energy report, the buried radioactive source was first discovered January 31, 2013 during security sweeps for the Super Bowl.  The report states it was adjudicated as a non-threat and was not addressed further. But it was revisited during World Wrestling Entertainment security checks, this time with “better equipment.”

“[The source is] currently contained by the road surface, but the condition of the source is unknown and triage recommends that the area should be treated as non-sealed potentially dispersible source, if the surface of the road is breached for repair, reconfiguration or in case of attempted recovery.”

In 2018 they decide to cleanup the contamination, but find it's spread further than expected.  It's mentioned that the levels of radiation are safe just as every report of any radiation contamination always states.  

Quote:“The city assured in this flyer, ‘well, we think it’s okay,'" Banderies said. “Okay, here’s the question at the end of the day: Do you trust the City of New Orleans, do you trust them with your life? Do you trust them with your health?”
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."

This was very telling but the link is now unrendering for me.

New Information Released on Gert Town Radiation
Here's what some say about radiation left in one part of New Orleans
July 19, 2019 at 7:49 PM CDT - Updated July 19 at 7:49 PM
Link worked for me.  That's a problem when someone buries it, forgotten, then someone else digs it up.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."

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