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EPA: elevated radiation at Queens site

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By DAVID B. CARUSO
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency says a small industrial site in New York City is contaminated with radioactive material and should be designated as a Superfund cleanup site.

The block in the Ridgewood section of Queens was once home to a company that processed thorium, including some sold to the government for the Manhattan Project atomic bomb program.

EPA officials said Wednesday that recent surveys have found elevated radiation levels on the property.

One test found radon gas leaking into a basement at a nearby school.

That exposure wasn't believed to pose a health threat, but the agency was concerned about an elevated cancer risk for workers at an auto body shop.

The EPA has already installed radiation shielding equipment in several spots.

It is now proposing a heavy-duty cleanup.

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