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Columbia Missourian

Cleanup of closed Missouri nuclear fuel plant ongoing

By The Associated Press
November 27, 2012 | 9:43 a.m. CST

HEMATITE — The coordinator of a $200-million cleanup at a shuttered eastern Missouri nuclear fuel plant says the work should be done by this summer.

Westinghouse Electric Co. is shipping contaminated soil and waste from the plant site in Jefferson County near Hematite to a landfill in Idaho that accepts low-level radioactive material.

Westinghouse bought the plant in 2000 and closed it a year later.

Bob Copp, the Westinghouse project manager, said cleanup includes removing decades of waste from pits and refilling the holes with clean soil. The work began in March and is expected to be done in the summer.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that crews will remove about 2.3 million cubic feet of soil. Twenty-eight acres of the 267 acres site are being cleaned.