- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A radioactive container that went missing last fall has been found by a Wayne County farmer and returned to its owner, a company facing nearly $80,000 in fines and search cost reimbursements.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says that Wayne County Well Surveys Inc. of Fairfield reported the device’s recovery on Friday.

The radioactive “well logging source holder” contains americium, a highly radioactive metal. It went missing in October 2015.

The discovery came one day after the state agency issued a preliminary order seeking to impose a $25,500 penalty on the southeastern Illinois company.

IEMA also wants the company to pay the nearly $53,000 cost of searching for the device. The search spanned 18 counties in Illinois and Indiana.

The container was last known to be in a company vehicle.

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