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City Finds 'Hot Loads' Of Radiation-Based Material In Trash

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A city DPW has been finding “hot loads” of radiation-based materials in the trash during pickups.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Department of Public Works in Springfield said their radiation sensors at the disposal facility were “tripped” on Thursday, Oct. 29, and Thursday, Nov. 5.

The DPW did not toss the “radiation-based contaminated material” in the trash and the truck that picked up the dangerous junk had to be cleaned at a cost to the city of more than $5,000.

The DPW said they believe the contaminated material is coming from the area between Bay Street to State Street, from Cambridge Street to Westminster Street, including the following roadways:

- Cambridge Street,

- Montrose Street,

- Mapledell Street,

- Hunter Place,

- Andrew Street,

- Gerard Avenue,

- Marion Street,

- Bowles Street,

- Burr Street,

- McNight Street,

- And Sherman Street.

During this Thursday’s trash pick up, Nov. 12, the Springfield DPW will be performing in-field inspections on the trash to determine the source of the radiated pollution.

The radiated material may be medical in nature. Police are asking the public if they or someone they know or a pet is being treated with radiation for something like chemotherapy or leukemia, to not throw away contaminated waste in the trash. For proper disposal practices, people are advised to consult with their medical providers. 

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