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Navy plans $9M radiation cleanup at Seattle park

May. 30, 2013 - 12:32PM   |  
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SEATTLE — The Navy plans a $9 million, six-month cleanup starting in June at a Seattle park contaminated with radiation from glow-in-the-dark paint used on aircraft dials during World War II.

The Seattle Times reports that the public was not told of the radiation at Magnuson Park until an open-house meeting Wednesday night on the cleanup plan.

The land was used as the Sandpoint Naval Air Station. It shut down in 1976 and was turned over to the city in 1995. The radioactivity was discovered in 2009 and fenced off. A nearby building is used as a gym.

The cleanup will involve the removal of a shed and surrounding soil.

The plan was criticized by state Rep. Gerry Pollet of Seattle who said it would leave behind too much radiation.

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