Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Containers of depleted uranium may be corroding

WKYT 27 NEWSFIRST & WYMT Mountain News - Containers of depleted uranium may be corroding

PADUCAH, Ky. A report this morning says cylinders in which depleted uranium is stored at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant may be corroding.

The Courier-Journal has obtained a federal memo that says toxic gas was mistakenly left in the cylinders.

The memo says about 18-hundred cylinders at the plant had been used in the past to store phosgene, a chemical warfare gas.

The newspaper report says the memo was from the Department of Energy Inspector General's Office to nuclear facilities in Paducah, Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Portsmouth, Ohio.

Experts have said a cylinder breached by corrosion could release hydrogen fluoride, a ground- hugging toxic gas. But the Energy Department says existing safeguards would protect Paducah's 12-hundred workers and people who live near the plant.

The plant is about ten miles west of Paducah.

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