July 14, 1989
In another blow to the nation's reeling nuclear weapons program, the operator of a key uranium processing plant in Ohio has shut down the production lines because he said he could not bring it into compliance with safety and environmental regulations while the plant was running. Bruce Boswell, president of Westinghouse Materials Co.
January 21, 1986
A metal reaction vessel cracked at a federal uranium-processing plant and a small cloud of radioactive gas leaked inside a building, but no workers were injured, authorities said in Cincinnati. The undetermined amount of uranium hexafluoride gas did not escape the building at the Feed Materials Production Center in Fernald, north of Cincinnati, in the incident late Sunday, said plant spokesman Pete Kelley. It was the third leak of uranium hexafluoride reported this year.
February 15, 1989
The Environmental Protection Agency has barred its employees from visiting the government's uranium processing facility in Ohio because of the risk of exposure to radioactivity, a spokeswoman confirmed.
July 14, 1989 |
The FBI said today it is conducting a preliminary investigation of alleged financial fraud at an Energy Department plant in Ohio that makes materials for nuclear weapons. Edwin Boldt, an FBI spokesman in Cincinnati, said the probe is unrelated to the Energy Department's decision to launch on Thursday its own investigation of environmental controls and other operations at the Feed Materials Production Center in Fernald, Ohio, one of the key contributors to U.S. nuclear weapons production.
February 19, 1989
The government has increased by one-third its estimate of how much radiation a uranium processing plant in Ohio has released into the environment. The U.S. Department of Energy said that 88,000 more pounds of uranium and 16,100 more pounds of thorium, a uranium substitute, had been released than previously estimated since the 1951 opening of the Feed Materials Production Center in Fernald.