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10/11/11 1:00pm

BNL COURTESY PHOTO | Some work was stopped at Brookhaven National Laboratory after a radioactive leak was detected.

A sealed device used to check whether radiation detectors are working properly at Brookhaven National Laboratory leaked a small amount of radioactivity last month, lab authorities said. There was no threat to public health or the environment, but the lab has halted some operations while it investigates.

The radioactivity was later found on two employees, in a parking lot and private vehicle, and in one of the facility’s buildings, the lab said. The lab is reviewing policies, procedures and training programs.

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10/07/11 12:16pm
Democrat, Congressman, New York

ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO | Congressman Tim Bishop is calling for an investigation into alleged bribes accepted by employees of the Army Corps of Engineers.

At least two House Democrats on Wednesday called for an investigation into accusations of a $20 million government contracting fraud involving two employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., the top Democrat on the subcommittee with oversight of the Army Corps of Engineers, sought the investigation, as did Rep. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat.