Radioactive Material Storage Yields Conviction for Lab Owner

July 27, 2018, 3:38 PM

The owner of a Kansas laboratory faces hefty fines and possible imprisonment for storing radioactive and other hazardous materials so dangerously the site required a federal Superfund cleanup.

Evidence showed that parts of the Beta Chem lab in Lenexa, Kan., had radiation levels so high that inspectors’ instruments could not read them, the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas said July 26.

Ahmed El-Sherif, who studied radioactive isotopes used in research and medical applications, was convicted for knowingly storing the hazardous materials in 2012, without a permit in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

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