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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 16:46:19 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION: Middlesex, N.J. "Upset Over Delays in Nuclear Cleanup"
New Jersey Town Upset Over Delays in Nuclear Cleanup
Middlesex, N.J., Grows Frustrated as Possible Third Cleanup of Nuclear Dump Site Drags on For a Decade

By John R. Emshwiller and Jeremy Singer-Vine
Wall Street Journal
October 31, 2013

Ronald Dobies, mayor of Middlesex, N.J., is getting more than a little frustrated with the pace of the federal government's efforts to clean up radioactive residue from the country's old nuclear- weapons program - at least when it comes to his community of 14,000.

"We are just a little town and get sort of forgotten," said Mr. Dobies in an interview. "I am frustrated as all hell on this."

A Wall Street Journal feature earlier this week looked at the contamination left behind at scores of sites in more than three dozen states where factories and other facilities churned out products or research on nuclear projects during World War II and the Cold War. One site examined was a onetime landfill in Middlesex that the town wants to turn into a recreation area. However, decades ago the federal government dumped radioactive waste at the landfill. The site has already undergone two cleanups - one in the 1960s and one starting in the late 1970s -only to have more contamination discovered near a residential street in 2001.

The Army Corps of Engineers is now looking at putting the Middlesex site back into a federal radioactive cleanup program, known as Fusrap. One of the previous Middlesex cleanups had been done through that program.


For the entire article, see
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/ SB10001424052702303843104579169801581986532


Lenny Siegel
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a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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