2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 11 Jun 2005 06:14:51 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Slater Steels FUSRAP (IN)
Plant faces uranium contamination test

By Dan Stockman
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (IN)
June 10, 2005

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is examining the former Slater Steels site to look for contamination left over from when the plant made uranium fuel rods in the 1940s and early 1950s.

A study by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1976 showed the site was safe, but guidelines have been toughened since then and the tests for measuring contamination have become more accurate and sophisticated. The steel mill is now owned by Valbruna Slater Stainless, a subsidiary of Italy-based Acciaierie Valbruna SpA, which bought the plant at 2400 Taylor St. in February 2004.

Army Corps spokesman Patrick Jones said there is no imminent threat to human health or the environment, and the analysis will only be to ensure the site will not be a risk in the future.

Jones said that oftentimes when contamination is found, it is in areas of the building that are inaccessible, such as under concrete floors. Previously, that contamination would have been left alone, but under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program, known as FUSRAP, it is removed to make sure it can never be a threat.


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Lenny Siegel
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