EPA probes radiation leak at New York nuke lab

Agency will investigate if unsafe levels of radioactive pollution found in the Mohawk River violated federal laws

Published December 1, 2010 8:55PM (EST)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether the release of radioactive material into the air and water at a Cold War-era atomic power laboratory in upstate New York violated federal laws.

The investigation stems from the open-air demolition of an old research building at Knolls Atomic Power Labs near Albany. On Sept. 29, radiation above safe levels was discovered on workers' boots, and demolition work there has since been suspended.

EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck said in a statement Wednesday that the agency is investigating whether the releases of radioactive material into the air and the Mohawk River violated federal environmental laws.

EPA officials would not elaborate beyond saying the investigation is ongoing.

By Associated Press

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