EPA -Theft of a gauge containing a radioactive source

1st March 2022: The EPA was informed this morning that a Troxler Nuclear Moisture Density Gauge, containing a radioactive source, was stolen from a van at a residential property in Drogheda overnight. The gauge, used for determining the density of compacted material such as tarmacadam on roads, was stored in a locked yellow case. Please see link below for picture.

There is a risk that individuals could be harmed by exposure to radiation if they come into contact with this item, particularly if the case is opened and the equipment is activated. It is important that this item is recovered as soon as possible.

If a member of the public comes across the box or has any information that may lead to its recovery, they are advised not to interfere with it and to immediately contact the Gardai at Drogheda on 041-9874200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station, or the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement (01 268 0100).

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