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August 8, 2017

Ohio: Officials Clash With Department of Energy on Uranium Plant

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US News and World Report / The Associated Press – Officials in an Ohio village are at odds with the U.S. Department of Energy over the agency's plans to store contaminated waste from the cleanup of a Cold War-era uranium plant.

Piketon officials met with a representative from the state Environmental Protection Agency last month to discuss a new plan to create an on-site disposal facility for low-level contaminated at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in southern Ohio. An environmental report commissioned by the village said that there is cracked bedrock underneath the area where the Department of Energy has proposed the waste disposal facility be located, The Chillicothe Gazette has reported (http://ohne.ws/2uNX5j1)

The disposal facility has been touted by federal officials as a cost-saving measure for cleanup of low-level waste produced at the plant. Waste with higher levels of contamination would still be sent elsewhere for disposal.

The village's review said the fractured bedrock could undermine the structural integrity of the proposed landfill. Piketon Mayor Billy Spencer said the review shows problems with the process that led to the proposal and accused the Department of Energy of lying to residents.

Read more at US News and World Report.

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