Environment: A High-Cost Cleanup

A High-Cost Cleanup

Recent congressional revelations of the environmental contamination produced by Government nuclear-weapons plants in Washington, South Carolina, Colorado and Ohio underscored the need for a costly cleanup. Last week the Department of Energy agreed to remove 6 million lbs. of dangerous wastes, some of it radioactive, that it had plowed into the ground or dumped into unlicensed landfills near an atomic-fuel-processing plant outside Piketon, Ohio, over the past 30 years. The much needed cleanup will not begin immediately: the final wording of the agreement is still being hammered out in a federal-court consent decree that must be approved by a judge, and...

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