2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 13:22:03 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, REUSE: Fernald Preserve (OH)
Once notorious uranium waste site in Fernald, Ohio, beckons tourists

Detroit Free Press Travel Writer
June 13, 2010

FERNALD, Ohio -- At first, the Fernald Preserve inspires jokes.

"Let's come back and go hiking -- in 500 years," I say, checking out trails marked with radiation monitors.

My mom and stepdad make cracks about fish with three eyes and birds with six wings, ha ha. Still, we're a little nervous.

Fernald Preserve used to be the site of the factory where uranium was processed for nuclear bombs.

From 1951 to 1989, it was known as the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center, a secretive facility in the middle of farm country in southwest Ohio. It produced nearly 70% of all uranium used in America's nuclear weapons. After it closed, cleaning up the badly contaminated site took the U.S. Department of Energy $4.4 billion and 17 years.


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