|published Tuesday, January 18, 2011 ||2260 Views :: 1 Comments|
January 15, 2011
Nearby resident: Program 'one of the best things that ever happened to me'
From The Cincinnati Enquirer
By Dan Horn
Robin Brandenburg was skeptical when she first heard about the medical monitoring program for residents living near the Fernald uranium foundry.
She'd grown up a few miles from the facility and, like thousands of her neighbors, she was upset when she found out radioactive dust had contaminated the soil and water.
She saw the medical tests as one more intrusion into her life, as an experiment that made her feel like "a rat in some kind of maze."
That was before she got the phone call about a lump on her breast that was too small to feel or see. It was before she learned that the tests she didn't want to take probably saved her life.
"It was one of the best things that ever happened to me," Brandenburg said.
The medical monitoring program at Fernald is perhaps the most extraordinary legacy of a court case that formally ended last month after 26 years.
|published Tuesday, October 20, 2009 ||10332 Views :: 10 Comments|
NUCLEAR SCARS: TOXIC LEGACY OF THE COLD WAR
Los Angeles Times -- October 20, 2009
By Ralph Vartabedian
Reporting from Fernald Preserve, Ohio
Amid the family farms and rolling terrain of southern Ohio, one hill
stands out for its precise geometry.
The 65-foot-high mound stretching more than half a mile dominates a
tract of northern hardwoods, prairie grasses and swampy ponds, known as
the Fernald Preserve.
Contrary to appearances, there is nothing natural here. The high ground
is filled with radioactive debris, scooped from the soil around a former
uranium foundry that produced crucial parts for the nation's nuclear
Originally published by the Los Angeles Times at http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-radiation-fernald20-2009oct20,0,2659447.story
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|published Monday, February 23, 2009 ||799 Views :: 0 Comments|
Six decades of U.S. nuclear weapons research, testing, and production activities have left dozens of Department of Energy (DOE) sites polluted with massive amounts of radioactive and hazardous wastes. Most DOE sites are now on the Superfund list of the nation’s most environmentally dangerous facilities. Their contamination threatens millions of people living near the sites or along major waste transportation routes. Some of the nation’s most important water resources are endangered.
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