Radioactive Waste

Radioactive waste from Ohio begins its journey to Texas

The first shipment of radioactive waste from a long-closed uranium foundry near Cincinnati will begin its journey from the plant to a storage facility near the Texas-New Mexico border this afternoon.

It's the first of an estimated two thousand shipments of a Cold War-era radioactive material that has been stored at the aging Fernald plant since the 1950s. The shipments represent the last major hurdle in completing a four billion dollar environmental cleanup being paid for by taxpayers.

Government officials say the material does not pose a great risk to humans. They say should a highway accident occur, emergency responders would treat it just like they would a chemical or gasoline spill.

The federal government has been trying to figure out how to get rid of the waste almost since the start of the cleanup in the early 1980s.