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Ohio EPA Approves First of Two Decisions for Piketon Cleanup; U.S. Department of Energy Gets Green Light for Disposal Cell

The Piketon Gaseous Diffusion Plant is a step closer to conducting final remedy and cleanup thanks to the first of two Records of Decision (ROD) submitted by the U.S. Department of Energy being approved by Ohio EPA.

The ROD outlines a plan to develop an on-site waste disposal cell but leaves open the option to transport waste from the Piketon site to other appropriate locations. Piketon served as part of the cold war effort processing uranium for various uses. When the facility ceased operations, industrial chemicals, obsolete buildings and radioactive areas remained.

“Careful consideration has gone into making this a viable, safe plan for cleanup and revitalization of this site,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler. “This decision will allow DOE to take its first physical steps to the major cleanup and eventual reuse of this property.”

DOE has submitted the second ROD addressing removal of buildings and structures to Ohio EPA for consideration.

Formal public comments for this plan were received by DOE in November 2014 through early March 2015 and considered for the final decision. The ROD is available online: Final ROD for the WD Evaluation Project at PORTS.pdf.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.