Author

Ian Stewart

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Fogleman, Aaron S.

Degree Name

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Department

Department of History

Abstract

The discovery and use of radium paint as a means to illuminate household products introduced this carcinogen into American industry in the early 20th century. This paper examines the human and environmental impact of the radium dial-painting industry on Ottawa, Illinois from its introduction in 1920 to 2007. My research shows that the negative effects of radium exposure were not limited to the people who directly handled radium paint. Lack of proper accountability and insufficient cleanup procedures led to the widespread radioactive contamination of Ottawa. Though the USEP A conducted decontamination efforts in the 1990s, radiation was not fully removed from some key areas. Hazardous amounts of radiation remain in populated areas of Ottawa, showing the dangerous legacy of the radium dial-painting industry has had a significant impact on the city.

Extent

36 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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