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Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion PlantPortsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, located in Piketon, Ohio, began operating in 1954. The plant was created to enrich uranium used in commercial and naval reactors. Today, the site is undergoing remediation to remove environmental contaminants.1 The plant is now used to decontaminate uranium feed materials and for specialized support services.2

 

Fact sheets

Nuclear workers from the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant have been included in a few NIOSH studies. Below are fact sheets that summarize some of the study findings for workers.

Mortality patterns of uranium enrichment workers at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (October 2001)

Publications from studies done at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Mortality patterns among uranium enrichment workers at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Piketon, Ohio. (2001) Final Report.; 201 pg.

Related websites

Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry Public Health Assessment: Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

Medical screening programs available to workers

Building Trades National Medical Screening Program
External link: http://www.btmed.org
To learn more, call 1-800-866-9663

References

1. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency: Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Visited May 14, 2009 External link: http://offo2.epa.state.oh.us/doe/PORTSMOUTH/portsmouth.htm

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Page last updated: March 31, 2011
Page last reviewed: March 31, 2011
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies