Kentucky Headlines

Paducah Plant Accused Of Cover Up

Tuesday December 28, 1999 4:25 AM ET

(PADUCAH) -- More allegations of a cover-up are being hurled at Paducah's Gaseous Diffusion Plant. University of Kentucky researchers say they've found evidence of contamination in the Little Bayou Creek near the uranium enrichment plant. Scientists found radioactive technetium-99 (teck-net-eeum) in the stream that flows into a public wildlife area. The creek also feeds a recreation area visited by thousands each year. The level of contamination is unclear, but researchers say any exposure to the public needs to be addressed.