Goodyear Sees No Adverse Environmental Effects
PIKETON, Ohio (AP) _ The release of 108.8 pounds of radioactive material from an Energy Department plant had ″no adverse impact″ on the environment, the plant operator said.
The Goodyear Atomic Corp. said Thursday its analysis of air, soil and vegetation samples ″do not indicate any significant change from normal levels.″
Goodyear said it is continuing an internal investigation to determine the cause of the release and what corrective actions might be necessary.
Goodyear operates the Gaseous Diffusion Plant in rural southern Ohio for the Department of Energy.
The leak of uranium hexafluoride over three weeks was detected Jan. 10, when data from a new air monitoring system was checked, Goodyear spokesman Tim Matchett said.
The compound apparently escaped as a gas through a vent in one of three buildings at the plant near Portsmouth, he said.