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Mound Laboratories - Thanks Monsanto!
« on: July 24, 2015, 01:37:04 PM »
Mound Laboratories - Thanks Monsanto!


Aerial view of Mound Laboratories Built   1948 Location   Miamisburg, Ohio

Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio was an Atomic Energy Commission (later Department of Energy) facility for Nuclear weapon research during the Cold War.

The laboratory grew out of the World War II era Dayton Project (a site within the Manhattan Project) where the neutron generating triggers for the first plutonium bombs were developed.

Post-war construction of a permanent site for Dayton Project activities began in 1947. The lab was originally known as the Dayton Engineer Works. The lab began operations in 1948 and was managed by Monsanto. Mound produced detonators, cable assemblies, timers, firing sets, and other equipment. In 1954 Mound began working with Tritium. The lab disassembled bomb components, recovering the Tritium within and sending it for repurification at Savannah River Site. Mound supplied enriched non-radioactive isotopes. The lab also produced plutonium-238-powered thermoelectric heat sources called SNAP or Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power for the U.S. space program.

Mound was declared a Superfund site and was put on the National Priorities list in 1989. In[clarification needed] a decision was made to close the plant by 2006. Clean-up of the site began in 1995. Work with Tritium ended in 1997. The final closure date has been pushed back to at least 2010

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mound_Laboratories

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Re: Mound Laboratories - Thanks Monsanto!
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2015, 01:40:29 PM »
Thomas B. Cochran, William M. Arkin, Robert S. Norris and Milton M. Hoenig of the National Resources Defense Council. Nuclear Weapons Databook Series Volume III: U.S. Nuclear Warhead Facility Profiles 1987. pp. 59-61

Radioactive Waste Management Associates on behalf of Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. Danger Lurks Below: The Threat to Major Water Supplies from US Department of Energy Nuclear Weapons Plants, Chapter 8: Mound Facility 2004.
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Re: Mound Laboratories - Thanks Monsanto!
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2015, 02:20:59 PM »
How was Mound Laboratory allowed to do so much harm?

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by the Mound Laboratory during the years that my family lived on Mound Road.

In 1956, my parents bought a new home in a lovely neighborhood for their growing family. I lived there until 1966.

Beginning in 1960, the Mound released radioactive tritium into the air and contaminated the soil with plutonium-238. Our city water supply was piped up Mound hill; we played at the Adena Indian mound, spent countless hours at the Miamisburg public pool and fished in the pond.
My father worked at Presto Adhesive Paper, below Mound Lab, on Mound Avenue. He died at the age of 53 of a rare cancer called multiple myeloma.

Our mother had already undergone radical mastectomy and radiation for breast cancer prior to age 50; she would later die of mesothelioma.

Our older brother died in his early sixties of bladder cancer, and my daughter had her cancerous left kidney removed while in her mid-thirties.

My family’s experiences are only a small part of our neighborhood cancer history. Beginning with Mound Road, spreading back Marsha Drive and all along Meadowview Drive, one — and in most households, both — parent experienced different types of malignant disease, i.e.: multiple breast and colon cancers, parotid tumor, bladder, prostate, lung, skin, mesothelioma, brain, aplastic anemia and a child with leukemia.

I estimate that cancer occurred in 90% of the households in that neighborhood.
How did city officials allow this to happen? Where were our environmental watchdogs from the 1970s until 1989, when the Mound plant was placed on the EPA priorities list? My family and our neighbors deserve answers to those questions.

Sally Nunery Dunn
West Carrollton

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/lifestyles/philosophy/how-was-mound-laboratory-allowed-to-do-so-much-har/nNJLG/

 


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