No radiation found in soil at Detroit River site of Revere

Copper Soil tests conducted Dec. 6, 2019 by State of Michigan environmental regulators at the site of the former Revere Copper property on the Detroit River, where a shoreline collapsed, showed no radiation concerns, despite the property’s manufacturing history involving uranium.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) measured roughly 1,000 data points on the property. The results showed radiation levels below naturally occurring radiation levels, which are typically between five and eight microroentgen per hour (Ur/hr), the agency said.

“This affirms to us the level of radiation from the legacy site backs up what was found (previously) — that no radiological material has been swept into the river as part of this incident,” said Nick Assendelft, spokesman for EGLE.

“A number of locations were measured as (EGLE officials) walked the property. They even stuck the Geiger counter and collected soil in the crevices where the soil is washing into the river, so the results cannot be disputed in any way.”

Wyandotte Water will continue to work with EGLE and the US EPA to take all steps and samples necessary to assure that our drinking water continues to be safe to consume.

Water samples continue to be taken in addition to the samples taken on December 5th and December 6th after we were notified of the collapsed shoreline. 

Sample results will be shared as soon as they are received. Wyandotte Water will continue to monitor this matter, taking all steps necessary to assure Wyandotte’s Water remains safe to drink.

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