Saturday, April 20, 2013

Tribune: Radioactive Material Discovered in Craigmont

Posted By on Sat, Apr 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Idaho and federal officials aren't certain yet what they want to do with radioactive material discovered in the North Central Idaho community of Craigmont Friday.

Authorities don't want to disclose the exact location, but confirmed that the radioactive material had been apparently purchased at an auction at least 20 years ago and stored in a shop until then.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the owner of the shop contacted authorities about "how best to dispose of the material." The material is reportedly contained in "a couple of boxes," according to Robert Feeley, with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security.

"They weren't marked," Feeley told the Tribune. "But the way they were constructed led people to think they were potentially radiological."

The U.S. Department of Energy will reportedly decide Monday, April 22 on how to dispose of the boxes.

Lewiston Fire Chief Garry DeJong told the Tribune that the radioactive material didn't pose any immediate threat to life or safety.

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