The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 27, 2012

Cleanup of closed Missouri nuclear fuel plant ongoing


From The Associated Press

HEMATITE, Mo. — The coordinator of the cleanup of a closed eastern Missouri nuclear fuel plant says he’s pleased with the pace of a $200 million cleanup.  

Westinghouse Electric Co. is shipping contaminated soil and waste from the plant site in Jefferson County near Hematite to a landfill in Idaho that accepts low-level radioactive material.

Westinghouse bought the plant in 2000 and closed it a year later.

Bob Copp, the Westinghouse project manager, says cleanup includes removing decades of waste from pits and refilling the holes with clean soil. That work began in March and is expected to be done in the summer.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the entire cleanup process isn’t expected to be done until 2014.

Twenty-eight acres of the 267-acre site are being cleaned.