Army Corps to Resume Pa. Nuclear Waste Cleanup

Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 12:20 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to resume the cleanup of a nuclear waste site north of Pittsburgh after being given a green light by the Department of Homeland Security to remove so-called complex materials such as uranium and plutonium.
 
The cleanup of the 44-acre Shallow Land Disposal Area, where nuclear waste had been stored from nuclear fuel production and other operations over many years, was halted in May when uranium and plutonium were discovered, according to the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette.
 
At the time, guards were posted to secure the area around the waste site until a determination could be made about whether the materials posed any immediate risk and whether another agency should be brought in to clear the site. The decision was made to allow the Corps to continue its oversight of the cleanup.
 
Corps officials said Monday a new contractor would be hired soon to resume the clean-up in Parks, just one of several nuclear waste sites the agency is in charge of cleaning up around the country.

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