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Gov. Beshear announces final cleanup for nuclear waste dump

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

HILLOSBORO, Ky. (WKYT)-Surrounded by other state and local officials, Governor Steve Beshear announced plans to have the Maxey Flats nuclear waste dump cleaned up in just a few years.

It's been 35 years since the state purchased the Maxey Flats nuclear disposal facility in the Hillsboro Community. The site, filled with an estimated 4.7-million cubic feet of radioactive waste, was used between 1963 and 1977. While it does have hundreds of acres in buffer area, the state is purchasing more land and will finally cap the site.

"This should lessen concern about the environment," explained Governor Beshear during his announcement.

Beshear estimates adding the cap on the site filled with things like uranium will take about three years. He says the project has an extra benefit to the community.

"During that time, some 2-3 dozen contractors, some of whom will be locally employed, will all be here every day, spending money in the local economy and further stimulating the local economy."

The project will be paid for through 18-million dollars in capital and emergency trust accounts and an additional 17-million in approved bonding.

The project should be completed by 2016 and the site will be monitored for the next 100 years.

The vegetative cap should be in place by 2016... And will be paid for through 18-million dollars in capital and emergency trust accounts and an additional 17-million in approved bonding.


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