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Radioactive materials found in Huntington 14 miles from the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Radioactive Materials Like at Piketon School Were Present in Huntington

BY TONY E. RUTHERFORD, NEWS EDITOR   Following the discovery of neptunium and uranium at the Piketon Middle School, surveyors have found evidence of radioactivity up to 14 miles from the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Pant (PGDP). Vina Colley, National Nuclear Workers for Justice (NNWF) and PRESS, disclosed those findings last week with HNN. 

A second class action has been filed on behalf of residents living seven miles of the A plant in Piketon, which sent materials  to the Huntington Pilot Plant on the INCO property in the 1950s.

Colley has revealed that the Piketon plant received weapons  grade atomic bomb matter from its early 50s opening. Some of that material also went to the Huntington site where nickel carbonyl was added and in some cases reactor process materials were recycled.

The HPP was owned by the Atomic Energy Commission and leased to INCO. Certain former employees  of the actual structure which in 1978-1979 was demolished and most contaminated portions buried in a classified unlined landfill.

Contaminated HPP debris were trucked to Piketon for burial. One of the truck drivers perished from exposure: “Kenny Estep worked as a truck driver at the A-Plant. Estep hauled radioactive waste to a plant landfill. In 1978 he was told to dump snow on a leaking cylinder of radioactive uranium hexafluoride. Estep died of a rare form of liver cancer seven years later. Estep’s widow was compensated for her loss after the United States government admitted in 1999 that it had harmed workers at the A-Plant and other atomic plants.

Residents who live in the vicinity of the A-Plant have also experienced more than their share of cancer and other diseases, and animals and plants nearby were found to contain harmful contaminants.”

Although DOE/DOL/NIOSH documents have evaluated the former site, these decisions were based on findings that did not include that Piketon was working with atomic bomb weapons grade materials.

Piketon received product from the secret Oak Ridge K-25 plant.   Colley said that K25 matter had “to be trucked off for disposal. At first, [Oak Ridge]  city workers loaded this for disposal and got contaminated then workers from the K25 took over. They said it was cleaned up , but every once in a while they would find more.” Colley referred to reports from Frank Munger’s column in the Oak Ridge newspaper.   As a result of receiving K-25, Savannah River, and West Valley New York bomb grade materials, Colley told HNN that evidence of contamination has been found within 14 miles of the PGDP. 
She suggests that more Piketon and Scioto schools need radiation testing. 

The OFFICIAL (now potentially disputed for accuracy ) includes the following DRAFT: ……http://www.huntingtonnews.net/165187

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July 2, 2019 - Posted by | environment, USA

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