Former Hicksville Nuclear Site Leaves Sick Employees Seeking Justice
By Christopher Twarowski
Long Island Press (NY)
There’s a stretch of Cantiague Rock Road in Hicksville, just north of Hicksville High School, its middle school and Lee Avenue Elementary, where pedestrians aren’t permitted to stand on the sidewalk.
There are no signs stating this, no barricades cordoning the area off, no flashing lights demarcating a construction zone or telling passersby it’s private property. But if you stop there for even a few moments to take a gander at the fenced-off property - three decrepit-looking buildings and their equally decrepit-looking parking lots - any day of the week, during any time of day, 24/7, someone will unquestionably instruct you to keep moving, to shuffle along, scram.
In 1952, the AEC entered into a contract known as 1293 with Sylvania Electric Products in Hicksville to produce nuclear fuel rods and elements; there was also commercial work being performed at the site. Historically, the complex consisted of three main buildings and 12 support structures, according to state and federal environmental remediation plans and court filings - all demolished prior to 1970 but for a portion of the present-day 70 building. Atomic operations ceased at the site in 1967.
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