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Saturday, February 05, 2005

Env't. - Depleted uranium no longer a topic for JPG board

The Madison Courier reported yesterday that:

Radioactive depleted uranium that the Army left behind at Jefferson Proving Ground won't be discussed anymore by the JPG Restoration Advisory Board.

The reason is that DU never should have been a topic for the board because it doesn't fit into the federal government's definition of what can be addressed by restoration advisory boards at closed military bases, board co-chairman Paul Cloud told board members last night.

"The RAB should not become a sounding board for non-restoration environmental issues or other community concerns," Cloud read from the guidelines for restoration advisory boards.

Depleted uranium has been a major topic at the JPG board's quarterly meetings. The area at the former munitions testing site that is contaminated with DU is fenced off, and the Army says it can never remove the depleted uranium because the same area contains tons of unexploded ordnance, making removal too dangerous.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 5, 2005 03:21 PM
Posted to Environment