Thursday, April 8, 2010

Armstrong County Nuclear Cleanup Moves Forward

The Army Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting in Vandergrift Monday to discuss the next steps of the cleanup of radioactive soil in southern Armstrong County.

Corps spokesman Jeff Hawk says he expects and wants the public to ask tough questions about the disposal of nuclear waste in Apollo and Parks, where engineers have been testing the air, water, and soil for radiation.

Hawk says they won’t actually be removing any waste this summer – instead they’ll build a network of roads, a material handling building, a wastewater treatment structure, air and water monitors, and a new gas line. He says that’s all in preparation for the actual $76 million cleanup, beginning next year.

The two plants produced fuel for submarines and power plants from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Hawk says the Corps plans to ship the nuclear waste to a facility in Utah.

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