Casey pushes to get things moving at nuclear waste site

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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey today sent a letter to regulatory agencies urging them to move quickly to resume remediation of a nuclear waste site in Armstrong County.

His request comes after a report by investigators for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last month found the former Babcock and Wilcox Co. site in Apollo and Parks Township had more weapons-grade uranium and plutonium buried in the 1960s and 1970s than previously known. A contractor working for the Army Corps of Engineers began a cleanup operation at the site in May 2012 but stopped work after finding higher-than-expected quantities of “complex materials” there.

As a result, officials with the regulatory commission and corps of engineers have been developing a supplemental agreement to handle the material.

“It is paramount that you finalize the [memorandum of understanding] in an expeditious manner so that the project can move forward,” Mr. Casey wrote. “The residents of Armstrong County have waited long enough for remediation to resume at this site.”

Ed Blazina: or 412-263-1470.

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