2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 22 Jul 2005 18:16:54 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] China Airport cleanup
Radioactive material removal from Chino stalled

By Mason Stockstill
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
July 19, 2005

CHINO - Efforts to remove radioactive material from the Chino Airport
have hit a snag.

A second firm has now been contracted by the county at a greater cost to
clean up a contaminated hangar at the airport after the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency rejected plans submitted by the first
company hired to do the work.

"What remains to be done has become a larger task than originally
anticipated," said Bill Ingraham, director of the San Bernardino County
Department of Airports.

In March, federal investigators found that vintage aircraft and aviation
instruments being stored in a Chino Airport hangar by Preservation
Aviation Inc. contained significant levels of radium-226, a radioactive material.

The radium isotope, which glows in the dark, was used on old flight
equipment to illuminate dials and other instruments so pilots could see
them while flying at night.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
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