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Accession Number PB2014-106608
Title Letter Health Consultation: Carnotite Reduction Company Site, Chicago, Illinois, December 4, 2013.
Publication Date Dec 2013
Media Count 11p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract To evaluate the Carnotite Reduction Company (Carnotite Co) site, IDPH reviewed information and data supplied by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA, including gamma radiation survey results, radon monitoring results, maps, and soil sampling results), information on the USEPA Region 5 website (Action Memorandum and historical documents), and information found using a Google search for Carnotite Reduction Company. U.S. demand for radium increased dramatically in 1913, when the U.S. government founded the National Radium Institute to research using radium for cancer treatment. From about 1915 to at least 1920, the Carnotite Co. ran a radium extraction facility near 26th Street, between Martin Luther King Drive and Ellis Avenue in Chicago. The historical address was 2600 S. Inglehart Court, but that street no longer exists. Historical maps show that Inglehart Court ran north-northwest to south-southeast across the site; however, USEPA has not found any detailed maps or photographs of the Carnotite Co. during its short period of operation. The Carnotite Co. site boundaries are uncertain, although an approximately 3 acre area with known surface and subsurface contamination has been identified along 26th Street and in parkland south of 26th Street. This 3 acre area resides within the northern part of the former Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center (Michael Reese), which covered 37 acres.
Keywords Carnotite
Carnotite Company
Environmental Protection Agency(USEPA)
Radioactive contamination
Soil sampling

Source Agency Department H.E.W. Office of Toxic Substance and Disease
NTIS Subject Category 48A - Mineral Industries
48F - Geology & Geophysics
99F - Physical & Theoretical Chemistry
77G - Radioactive Wastes & Radioactivity
Corporate Author Illinois State Dept. of Public Health, Springfield.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1422
Contract Number N/A

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