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Depleted Uranium Causes Scare at New Jersey Synagogue

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    Depleted Uranium Causes Scare at New Jersey Synagogue
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    • A small amount of depleted uranium caused a scare and led to a hazardous material response at a synagogue in New Jersey

    • The marble-sized substance was discovered at Temple Sha'arey Shalom in Springfield on Tuesday

    • Material was inadvertently left in a meeting room by an educator who used it as a teaching aid, was safely disposed of by EPD, officials say

    A small amount of depleted uranium caused a scare and led to a hazardous material response at a synagogue in New Jersey.

    The marble-sized substance was discovered at Temple Sha'arey Shalom in Springfield on Tuesday. The Union County prosecutor says it was tested and was emitting a low-level pulse of radiation that was below the threshold that would be considered an imminent health hazard. 

    The material, which officials say was inadvertently left in a meeting room by an educator who used it as a teaching aid, was safely disposed of by the state Environmental Protection Department.

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says depleted uranium is a byproduct of the process through which naturally occurring uranium is enriched in order to produce fuel.

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