Nuclear gauge that fell off Chambersburg company's truck found in Maryland

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The nuclear gauge that fell off a truck on Interstate 81 earlier this month has turned up undamaged in Maryland, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

The department said in a press release that it returned the device, which contains sealed sources of radioactive material, to Valley Quarries Inc.

The Chambersburg company lost the gauge May 3 on I-81 in West Virginia between mile markers 17 and 24 while en route to another work site.

A person a DEP spokeswoman said did not want to be identified -- not even by gender -- discovered it along the road at 6:19 p.m. Wednesday and called an after-hours number. It had not been tampered with or damaged.

DEP's state emergency response on-call duty officer sent someone to meet the person at the West Virginia-Maryland border to pick up the device, the spokeswoman said.

"We are relieved that the nuclear gauge has been recovered and that no radioactive materials were released," DEP Bureau of Radiation Protection director David Allard said in the release.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede. First Published May 16, 2013 12:30 AM


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