Tainted Water

Uranium-tainted water from Fernald site dumped in river

The company in charge of the Fernald nuclear cleanup dumped more than two-point-two (m) million gallons of uranium-tainted rainwater into the Great Miami River last week -- and it was legal. Even after being blended with clean water, the uranium levels in the mixture were at least double, and sometimes triple, the amount allowable in drinking water. A report filed by Fluor Daniel, the company responsible for cleaning up the former uranium processing plant, says the discharges are permitted by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and thus allowable by law. The EPAdoes, however, limit to ten the total number of discharges in one year. Fluor Daniel has used seven days so far this year. Company officials say the water poses no health risks to humans because it becomes diluted by the river water.