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Excavated material being removed from Parks waste dump

Material now being trucked from the nuclear waste dump in the township already was unearthed prior to the halt on digging ordered on Sept. 30 following a safety violation.

"We are still processing material at the site, packaging and shipping it," said Jeff Hawk, spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers. "We haven't excavated since Sept. 30."

Work was stopped when crews from contractor Cabrera Services of Connecticut reportedly did not check the contents of 10 of the buried 55-gallon drums that radioactive waste left by the former Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp. (NUMEC) in the 1960s.

The Corps said the "human error" was a safety violation but did not create a public health risk.

The company did not comment on the corps' accusations.

The trucks transporting the already excavated material look like flatbed vehicles with a large gray container on top.

Any residents with questions can contact the Corps at 412-395-7500 or e-mail celrp-pa@usace.army.mil.

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