Paducah uranium enrichment facility suffers radioactive contamination incident 4 weeks after permanently shutting down
Despite being permanently shutdown on June 1st, the Paducah facility experienced a radioactivity contamination accident on June 28th, according to a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) incident report dated July 2nd. The radioactivity contamination accident stemmed from a water leak. Given the mountain of radioactive materials at Paducah, such radioactive contamination risks to the facility, the environment beyond, and the people who live there (some directly across dirt roads from the fence line, in a community already showing signs of significantly elevated cancer incidence and death rates) will continue far into the future, despite the facility's welcome permanent shutdown.
Paducah had operated since the 1950s. In its early years, enriched uranium from Paducah supplied the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal. In a very real sense, the entire Paducah complex is now a giant radioactive waste -- and toxic chemical -- site that needs to be dealt with.