Current Site Information
EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)Pennsylvania
EPA ID# PASFN0305467
13th Congressional District
Last Update: October
No future updates
Current Site Status
Cleanup at this site has been completed.
The Collegeville Radium Site consists of a wooden box containing eleven (11) mineral samples and one (1) metal container containing radium being found in a professor's drawer at Ursinus College.
Site ResponsibilityThis site is being addressed by an EPA Superfund Removal Action.
NPL Listing HistoryThis Site is not on the National Priorities List.
Threats and Contaminants
The eleven (11) mineral samples were tested and it was found that six (6) of these samples contained non-radioactive material and the remaining five (5) samples did contain radioactive material. The metal container, once tested, revealed two (2) micograms of Radium 226, which is above the licensed quantity.
Cleanup was accomplished by having the college retain possession of the eleven (11) mineral samples and tasking the Emergency Rapid Response Services contractor to arrange for a licensed subcontractor to immediately remove the metal container of radium.