Site Description

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The Austin Avenue Radiation site consists of 40 properties located in Lansdowne Borough, East Lansdowne Borough, Upper Darby Township, Aldan Borough, Yeadon Borough, and Darby Borough, Pennsylvania. Contamination of these properties resulted from the disposal of radioactive materials generated by W. L. Cummings Radium Processing Co. This company conducted radium refining operations from 1915 to 1925. Radium tailings resulting from these plant operations were mixed with materials used to construct buildings or used for fill material at the various properties in Delaware County. In 1991, an advisory was issued to the area by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). In the advisory, the nearby population was warned of the significant risks posed to their safety and health by the radium, thorium, radon, and asbestos present in the structures.