2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009 14:52:10 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, COMMUNITY: Niagara Fall Storage Sity (NY)
Contamination found underground at former weapons site
Radioactive leak is feared

By Aaron Besecker
July 19, 2009

An underground container that holds about half of the world’s supply of radium may be leaking into groundwater in northwestern Niagara County, an advisory group to federal regulators warns.

The Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency responsible for investigating an area in the towns of Lewiston and Porter holding leftovers from the Manhattan Project, has found uranium contamination beneath ground level in portions of a former federal weapons site.

But corps officials insist there are no leaks in a 10-acre cell, known as the Interim Waste Containment Structure, constructed in the mid- 1980s on the 191-acre Niagara Falls Storage Site as a temporary container for various radioactive wastes and other radiological materials.

Those substances include uranium and about half the world’s supply of radium.


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Lenny Siegel
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