The former Feed Materials Production Center in Fernald, Ohio, just 20 miles from Cincinnati, processed uranium as part of our country's nuclear weapons program from 1951 to 1989. When production at the site ceased, cleanup and environmental remediation began. Today, the once-contaminated site is home to the Fernald Preserve, more than 1,000 acres of wetlands and wildlife habitat, covered in seven miles of trails for birders, hikers and photographers.
Joining us to explore the history of the Fernald site are Jane Powell, former site manager with the Department of Energy; Department of Energy support contractor and Ecological Manager, John Homer; Thomas Schneider,EPA Division of Air Pollution Control supervisor and Fernald/Paddys Run Conservation Project Manager; and Lisa Crawford, a nearby resident who was a leader in an effort to close and clean up the plant.
International nuclear weapons inspectors are preparing to get a closer look at two Iranian facilities long suspected of having the capability of producing nuclear weapons. An agreement worked out Monday, with the International Atomic Energy Agency, failed to gain access to one of the most controversial sites, the Parchin military site, southwest of Tehran. The New York Times reports:
The threat of nuclear weapons is of big concern to the U.S. and other countries around the world, as evidenced by North Korea’s announcement that it will expand its arsenal. In “Focus on Technology,” Ann Thompson reports even before tension in the Korean peninsula, scientists were trying to identify and protect plutonium and uranium all over the globe.