The Paducah Sun
The Paducah Sun

Friday, April 28, 2000 Paducah, Kentucky

Experimental incinerator not the way to clean up plant

EDITOR: This letter is in response to the editorial about getting Patton to "Fight back, take off the gloves.” The gist of the editorial was that it was Clinton’s fault that the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant wasn’t cleaned up. It also called on Patton to demand that Clinton fork over the money for cleanup.

What I want to know is where has not only Patton been but where have all the other Kentucky governors been since the plant began making waste and dumping it? Where has The Paducah Sun been in investigating and reporting the waste and resulting pollution that has been going on since 1952?

It was easy to see. Drum mountain was there. The radioactive and PCB warning signs have been at the creeks. Neighbors’ wells were contaminated. Ex-workers told those who would listen how bad the plant conditions were. What took so long!

Now The Sun wants the DOE to hurry up and use an experimental incinerator, Vortec, to burn up radioactive mixed waste. This incinerator has a smoke stack. It will put out contamination into our air. But the pushers say "only a little." But since it’s never been used before, we don't really know how much. We must experiment to see.

Vortec will also dump millions of gallons of contaminated water into our streams. This plant will pollute us even more.

A radioactive waste incinerator was just stopped in Idaho and the Oak Ridge incinerator is a nightmare for that community. There are better ways to take care of the waste, and landfills ain't it.

Haven't we been used as experiments enough? Let’s not make the cleanup even worse than what we've been through so far. Great care is called for here.

KRISTI HANSON

Brookport, Ill.