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Uranium Ore Stored At Grand Canyon Park Museum Unlikely To Have Been Dangerous

A safety director issued a public warning that buckets of ore may have exposed employees and tourists to unsafe radiation. But being near natural uranium ore is unlikely to cause an unsafe dose.
The safety director at Grand Canyon National Park says people may have been exposed to radiation from three buckets of uranium ore that sat for years in a museum collection building. Whether the amount of exposure was unsafe has not been determined. Source: Rhona Wise

For many years, three buckets full of uranium ore sat in a museum building at Grand Canyon National Park. Tours often visited the museum collection building, with children on tours sitting next to the buckets for a half-hour.

Recently, the park's safety, health and wellness manager, Elston "Swede" Stephenson, sent out an email to National Park Service employees and approached the to warn that people in the building were "exposed" to radiation.

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