12/12/2013 11:16 am ET

Former Ridgewood Atomic Bomb Site Up For Superfund Designation

DNAinfo/Meredith Hoffman

RIDGEWOOD — A former atomic bomb project site on the Ridgewood-Bushwick border is so contaminated that it requires designation as one of the country's most hazardous waste sites for the government to effectively fix the damage, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled Wednesday.

Elevated radiation levels at the former site of Wolff-Alport Chemical Company — a Manhattan Project site in the 1930s where two businesses currently operate — prompted the EPA to test the area last year, even though officials insisted that radiation levels weren't high enough to cause immediate health problems.

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