Portsmouth Diffusion Plant 50 Miles from Huntington

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter

PORTSMOUTH, OHIO (HNN) – As early as 1979 when the radiated Huntington Pilot uranium processing plant was buried on the grounds of the Piketon, Ohio, gaseous diffusion plant,  Portsmouth community members had concerns that the burial signaled the beginning of disposal of nuclear waste from other sites in Piketon.

During our articles on the Huntington Pilot Plant, one of the contributors to the toxic radiation came from recycling materials that came from Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth/Piketon plant owned by the Atomic Energy Commission/ Department of Energy and then operated by Goodyear manufactured atomic weapons components. Thus, only 50 miles from Huntington as the crow flies greater amounts of uranium, fluoride, plutonium, and other radioactive waste still stands, although it is in the process of decommissioning and decontamination.

Still, proposals for re-use of the site generally have an atomic component ranging from the American Centrifuge to a proposal for a new smelting recycling facility for atomic waste.

Back in the early days of the Cold War (i.e. the 50s), a government produced documentary details the Construction of this Nuclear Weapons Plant.                                                                                                         

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