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

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

Federal officials say they plan to invest $115 million over the next three years to reopen a uranium enrichment demonstration project in Ohio.


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.