Fernald-Radioactive Cleanup

Residents worried about interim storage of radioactive waste

Neighbors of a radioactive cleanup project say they are worried about the federal government's plan to temporarily store the waste there. Energy Department officials say they will start removing the wastes next month as scheduled from a concrete silo at the Fernald site near Cincinnati. The government says that has to be done in order to meet deadlines under a cleanup agreement with federal and Ohio regulators to complete the Fernald cleanup by 2006. But officials say the waste may be temporarily stored at Fernald while the government tries to work out a dispute with Nevada, which opposes Washington's plans to truck the wastes to the Energy Department's Nevada Test site for disposal. The Fernald site's neighbors told federal officials at a community meeting last night they are worried about whether temporary storage of the radioactive wastes would be safe.