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Friday, October 29, 1999
David Michaels, assistant energy secretary for environment, safety and health, will hold a public meeting about the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Piketon Comfort Inn.
Michaels is to tour the plant today and meet privately with some workers, particularly those with health concerns, as well as union and management officials.
A multipronged probe will start in November to locate worker-exposure records and old plant-operations documents, and to conduct worker interviews. Michaels said the Piketon investigation won't hit full stride until January.
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson "is deeply concerned about potential exposures at the Portsmouth plant,'' Michaels said. "We promise to get to the bottom of this and provide information to workers and the community about what took place at the Portsmouth facility.''
Republican U.S. Sens. Mike DeWine and George V. Voinovich, along with U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland, D-Lucasville, plan to attend the meeting Saturday.
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