Feds knew Dietz Hollow Likely Contaminated 1979, But Failed to do Anything

Updated 4 years ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter

 Dietz Hollow (a.k.a. the Huntington Landfill) was placed on a preliminary listing of potential Superfund sites across the United States on December 1, 1979, according to Environmental Protection Administration Region III Technical Action Status Listings with dumpsite numbers.  The superfund designation stems from Congressional action under the Comprehensive Environmental Response , Compensation  Act, sites on the list were proposed, listed or under review for a “priority list.” Those not placed on the list ended up “archived.” Many sites reach “archived” status  without sampling.

The 1979 listing corresponds with the 1978-1979 dismantling /demolition of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC, now known as Dept. of Energy), Huntington Pilot  Plant (Reduction Pilot Plant), which was on the campus of Huntington Alloys (a.k.a. the Nickel Plant, INCO, Special Metals, Precision Castparts).  http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3311_4109_4217-91583--,00.html

Although witnesses and historical records detail that certain contaminated portions of the debris were trucked to a classified burial site in Piketon, Ohio on the grounds of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Records and interviews indicate that the Huntington facility recycled  core barrier materials from nuclear manufacturing plants in Portsmouth, Ohio; Paducah , Ky.; and Oak Ridge, Tenn., and others. The activity brought nickel carbonyl, uranium, plutonium and other radioactive metals to Huntington.

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