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Zahn's Middle School in Piketon was closed amid concerns about radioactive contaminants.
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Students at a Piketon middle school that closed over radiation concerns will attend classes elsewhere next fall.

Nuclear power often conjures nightmarish images of Hiroshima, but it fuels everything from microwaves to medicine, and this paradoxical energy source defined the 20th century. In some ways, it seems like the answer to traditional power sources like coal and oil, which have been maligned for hurting the environment and for being limited resources. However, the technology has inherent problems of its own including a poor public reputation with people who associate nuclear power with meltdowns and military posturing.