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The Health Risks Of Living Near A Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Zahn's Middle School in Piketon was closed amid concerns about radioactive contaminants.
Nick Evans

Trace amounts of radioactive materials have been detected inside and outside a middle school in Pike County in southern Ohio, just a few miles from the nearby Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

The Cold War-era plant ceased production of weapons grade enriched uranium in 2001. Cleanup efforts at the complex began in 2012.

Residents are concerned, especially about the welfare of children who attend a nearby middle school, which closed early due to the revelations of contamination.

Today on All Sides, what’s next for Pike County and the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.


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