Piketon | WOSU Radio

Piketon

Zahn's Middle School in Piketon was closed amid concerns about radioactive contaminants.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The U.S. Department of Energy says it found no radioactive contamination in samples taken at a Piketon middle school in May, but local officials remain skeptical.

Zahn's Middle School in Piketon was closed amid concerns about radioactive contaminants.
Nick Evans / WOSU

U.S. Department of Energy officials spent last weekend at the Piketon middle school that was shuttered this month over radiation concerns.

Zahn's Middle School in Piketon was closed amid concerns about radioactive contaminants.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Students at a Piketon middle school that closed over radiation concerns will attend classes elsewhere next fall.

Crystal Glass attended Zahn's Corner Middle School and grew up near a uranium enrichment plant in Piketon. She got a benign tumor at 14, and cancer years later.
Nick Evans / WOSU

In Waverly, a YMCA gym is lined with poster boards set up on easels. Glen Broughton stands in the middle, looking over a huge three-dimensional map of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

Zahn's Middle School in Piketon was closed amid concerns about radioactive contaminants.
Nick Evans / WOSU

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ordered his agency to release more than four years' worth of data from air monitors near Zahn's Corner Middle School where trace amounts of radioactive material were discovered.

A photo of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant near Piketon, Ohio, on June 22, 2000. The plant was shuttered in 2001.
David Kohl / Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Energy recently revealed that radioactive materials turned up in air testing results in Piketon from 2017-18, leading to the closure of a local school. Officials argue those traces aren’t a threat to public health.

Zahn's Middle School in Piketon was closed amid concerns about radioactive contaminants.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Radiation concerns have closed a school in southern Ohio despite federal officials’ insistence that the amount of detected materials aren’t a public health concern. However, the county’s cancer rates are among the highest in the state.

Zahn's Middle School was closed amid concerns about radioactive contaminants.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Zahn's Corner Middle School sits on a crest along state Route 220 in Piketon. Ordinarily, the school year would be wrapping up in about a week. But instead of kids, all you hear is the lonely clunk of the halyard as a big American flag flaps in the breeze.

Nick Evans / WOSU

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced the arrests of six people in connection with the 2016 murders of eight members of the Rhoden family. In Piketon, residents are relieved but still sorting through their own feelings around the tragedy.

Relative: 5 of 8 Shot In Ohio Will Be Buried Side By Side

Apr 27, 2016
Sam Hendren / WOSU

The brother of some of the eight family members found shot last week in rural southern Ohio said five victims will be buried side by side in a nearby town.  

Sam Hendren / WOSU

Authorities are scrambling to determine who killed eight family members in a "pre-planned execution" that has shaken residents of their rural southern Ohio community.

http://www.centrusenergy.com/

Gov. John Kasich says the state will offer job-search support and other help for workers affected when the federal government halts a southern Ohio uranium enrichment project.

Airiel view of The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
US Department of Energy

The village of Piketon, in southern Ohio, played a major role during the cold war as the site of a U.S. nuclear weapons plant.  Now Ohio lawmakers want more money to clean up the plant’s nuclear residue.  But Congressional funding disputes are getting tiresome for Piketon workers and residents.