Officials looking for missing nuclear gauge in W.Va.

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Crews are looking for a missing nuclear gauge -- containing sealed sources of radioactive material -- that was lost May 3.

The Pennsylvania DEP, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and West Virginia state officials are searching Interstate 81 between mile markers 17 and 24, where it apparently fell off of a truck, the Department of Environmental Protection said in a press release.

Pennsylvania firm Valley Quarries Inc. of Chambersburg, Franklin County, is licensed by the DEP to possess and use the gauge. Staff members from the company said it was being used in West Virginia at the time it was lost.

"It is critical for anyone who has information about the lost nuclear gauge to contact the Pennsylvania DEP, Nuclear Regulatory Commission or a local law enforcement agency immediately," DEP Bureau of Radiation Protection director David Allard said. "As long as the device is not tampered with or damaged, it presents no hazard to public safety."

The gauge, a Troxler Model 3430 with serial number 32506, is bright yellow and is about the size of a shoe box, with controls and a metal rod extending from the top. It is often used in road construction.

Valley Quarries is offering a reward for information leading to the return of the device. Anyone with information on the gauge is asked to not touch it and to contact the DEP.

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Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published May 14, 2013 6:30 PM


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