2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:40:26 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION: Former Sand Point Naval Station (WA) hangar
Radiation found in room next to popular Magnuson Park gym

KING 5 News (Seattle, WA)
March 29, 2013 

Radiation levels exceeding Washington state and Federal EPA cleanup standards were found in a room attached to one of Seattle’s most popular indoor sports arenas.

The U.S. Navy confirms the building or “shed” as a spokesperson refers to it was tested after a City Parks worker found signs indicating the area was once a radium room. The room is attached to the south end of the Arena Sports Facility at Seattle’s Magnuson Park. It is a converted hangar used by the Sand Point Naval Station where radium was used to create glow in the dark instruments for military aircraft.

Washington State Representative Gerry Pollett is demanding to know why that information was not made public after it was discovered in 2009. He said radium is dangerous itself but breaks down into a radon gas, which is a known carcinogen.

The Navy responded Friday saying it did notify all the necessary state agencies, including the Departments of Health and Ecology. Ecology officials confirmed they were notified but not until just this week.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650-961-8918 or 650-969-1545
Fax: 650-961-8918

Military mailing list

  Prev by Date: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: "Navy Agrees to Plan to Reimburse Bethpage [NY] Water District …"
Next by Date: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: TCE vapors from Army Corps' Cold Regions Lab (NH)
  Prev by Thread: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: "Navy Agrees to Plan to Reimburse Bethpage [NY] Water District …"
Next by Thread: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: TCE vapors from Army Corps' Cold Regions Lab (NH)

CPEO Lists
Author Index
Date Index
Thread Index