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Uranium in the Panhandle

June 18, 2010

Did you know there’s a uranium mine near Crawford?

I was randomly driving in Dawes County to see what might be interesting in the Ponderosa State Wildlife Management Area (not a whole lot on first glance, but I missed a good hiking trail for birding, apparently), when I saw all kinds of numbered, white barrels dotting the landscape.

Peculiar . . .

Then I saw the radiation hazard signs and didn’t care to stick around the area any longer.

Recently, the residents of Bridgeport were allowed to drink their tap water once more, after it was mitigated for uranium.

Makes me wonder what the radon risk is around here (uranium decays into radon). Per a USEPA map, we’re not in the highest risk zone, but that can vary site to site.

Hmmmm . . . we didn’t insist on a radon test before we bought our house. Perhaps we should have . . .

Copyright 2010 by Katie Bradshaw

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 18, 2010 11:38 am

    In the sports section in the paper, near the classifieds, there’s a printing of the local water contents.

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