Safety Advocate Agrees Inexperienced Replacement Workers Helmed Metropolis Nuclear Plant when Toxic Gas Release Took Place

Updated 5 years ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
 Safety Advocate Agrees Inexperienced Replacement Workers Helmed Metropolis Nuclear Plant when Toxic Gas Release Took Place

Gary Vander Boegh, chairman of the Nuclear Workers  Whistleblower Alliance, has confirmed that replacement workers “just out of college” had been operating the Metropolis Honeywell Works Facility. The plant leaked Uranium Hexafluoride Gas on Sunday, Oct. 26. Honeywell has denied that any of the substance left the facility and that no injuries were reported.

Replacement workers have been operating the plant since union officials discovered and complained that the Metropolis plant received “materials sparking” when drums were opened that originated from the Fernald Plant in Ohio, which contained enriched material over 0.71% assay. At the time of their training, a union worker told Boegh “they did not have a clue to what they were doing.”

Vander Boegh , who recently received the 2014  Consumer Safety  Award from the Kentucky Justice Association, told HNN that a confidential source told him the UH6 leak came from “an overheated pipe that expanded.”

Aside from a worker overcome at a coal company, Vander Boegh indicated that he spoke to a woman on a golf course who saw the cloud and “fled.” He said , “witnesses could smell chemical in the air.”

Vander Boegh asked, “How many do not know about the toxic plume, which leaves behind toxic chemicals?”

Initial reports from one  hospital stated about ten people tested negative for uranium. However, the whistleblower alliance chairman, explained that additional exposures, such as fluoride, must be tested.

“If you inhale the stuff it turns lung tissue to mush. You’re a dead man,” Vander Boegh stated. Oxygen and 2 ½% calcium gluconate ointment are proper treatment for exposure.

Vander Boegh is an advocate for sick nuclear workers who have been denied compensation. One of his “clients” has been fighting for approval of an expedited claim which is supposed to take two weeks. It’s been eight weeks now and the client is near death.

Boegh has alleged that Sen. Mitch McConnell has used his power to ensure denial of claims, adding that Republicans are approved and Democrats are not.

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