Tracerlab at 2030 and Berkeley Scientific at 2200 Wright Avenue Richmond CA – Nuclear Devices and testing

Tracerlab processed biological samples from the nuclear tests in Nevada and the Pacific. They were flown in Alameda Naval Air Station and trucked into Tracerlab in Richmond. Tracerlab was the principle contractor to create the Radiological Mobile Laboratory used at the Atomic Tests. They built devices used in radiation work including devices used in nuclear power plants as well as selling radio-isotopes where they bombarded elements to change their atomic number. All this was right down the street from the CDPH building and within range of the EPA Region 9 lab and UC Berkeley Richmond Campus. It is the Eberline building.

In this map, Berkeley Scientific is the building on the left at 2200 Wright Avenue and Tracerlab is the building immediately to its right, next to the CVS and the complex on the right is the California Department of Public Health.

Google map showing the damaged Tracerlab/Everline building surrounded by a fence today.

Nucleonics Magazine May 1960 page 52

The Isotope Milker made by Tracerlab was used to make radioactive Barium from the decay of Cesium 137 that was spread all over Camp Stoneman (now Pittsburg California) and Camp Parks (now Dublin California) by the US Navy’s Radiological Defense Laboratory to train military personnel of all branches to clean up after a nuclear attack. They mixed the radioactive Barium with sand and then used lawn spreaders to spread it over roofs, yards and streets of the base and then use street sweepers and fire hoses to wash the radiation off of each site. The intial radiation level was 10,000 r/hr to simulate if a nuclear weapon exploded over San Francisco.

Nucleonics May 1957 pp 122-125

EAL owned Tracerlab and this document shows it was a nuclear waste facility in 1this list from 1986.

Berkeley Scientific 2200 Wright Avenue, Richmond CA


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