Neutron Products, Inc.
Current Site Information
EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)Maryland
EPA ID# MDN000305785
8th Congressional District
Last Update: November 2004
No future Updates
Current Site Status
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to assist the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) in stabilizing and cleaning up this facility should it close and the PRPs abandon the site. However, the Neutron Products Inc. facility continues to operate even through the loss of one of their NRC licenses. Currently, MDE is still the lead enforcement agency for this facility and EPA has no plans to take any removal action or to list the site on the NPL unless future events warrant our involvement.
Neutron Products Inc. is a low-level nuclear facility operating since the 1960s in Dickerson, Montgomery County, Maryland. The facility had four Nuclear Regulatory licenses, but because of many past violations, is under permanent injunction prohibiting operation of its license to manufacture radioactive materials. Neutron appealed this injunction to the highest court in Maryland, and the court upheld the injunction. Because the facility no longer is licensed to manufacture, the Maryland Department of the Environment is concerned about its economic state, and therefore, its ability to effectively store, handle and clean up radioactive materials.
Site ResponsibilityThe site is being assessed by the Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
NPL Listing HistoryPotential for future listing.
Threats and Contaminants
From 1989 through 1996, approximately 150 radioactive particles of Cobalt-60 have been found within a kilometer of the Neutron plant. Employee's homes, cars and unrestricted areas of the plant have been found to be contaminated with radioactive material. Radioactive contamination has also been released through effluent to unsecured properties outside the Neutron boundaries, including two adjacent railroad properties.