2011-04-21 / Local & State

EPA To Test Western Pa. Wells For Nuke Plant Taint

VANDERGRIFT, Pa. (AP) – The federal Environmental Protection Agency plans to test the water wells in a tiny southwestern Pennsylvania village to see if they’ve been tainted by nuclear waste dumped nearby from a defunct plutonium fuel plant.

Officials tell the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum that the testing is planned later this year in the village of Kiskimere, which is in Parks Township, about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The village has about 50 homes near the former Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp. plant and a waste dump along Route 66. The plant was torn down in 2002 as part of a cleanup mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Army Corps of Engineers has a contract to excavating the dump and removing waste from it.

Any future EPA cleanup of the surrounding area will depend, in part, on the well tests.

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