BY Bobby Vaughn Jr.

This past weekend, on the afternoon of June 10th, 2023, a groundbreaking meeting was held at the Comfort Inn Conference Center in Piketon, Ohio regarding the extent of radioactive contamination caused by the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS).  PORTS enriched weapons-grade uranium for nuclear bombs during the Cold War, as well as more uranium thereafter.  The Huntington Pilot Plant processed radioactively-contaminated nickel from this plant.

The meeting was entitled, “A CITIZEN FORUM ON THE RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION, ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH, AND THE FUTURE OF THE PORTSMOUTH NUCLEAR SITE”, and was presented by The Ohio Nuclear Free Network; moderated by Pat Marida. 

The speakers included:

• Dr. Michael Ketterer, PhD, Analytical Chemist, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Arizona University

Topic:  “Contamination is Forever: Radioisotopes near PORTS” 

• Joseph J. Mangano, MPH, MBA, Epidemiologist, Executive Director, Radiation and Public Health Project

Topic: “Soaring Death Rate Near Ohio Uranium Plant”

• Terry J. Lodge, Esq, Specializing in Environmental Law and Civil Rights

Topic: “Is Piketon’s Disastrous Past a Prelude to Even Worse?”

Other speakers were former plant workers/nuclear whistleblowers:

• Charles “Chick” Lawson, former OSHA-certified Investigator

 Jeff Walburn, former Special Response Team Security Guard

• Vina Colley, former Electrician 

Many crucial revelations were made by all speakers.  Though, one question that’s on everyone’s mind is this:  How far has the radioactive contamination traveled? 
Using the Department of Energy’s (DOE) own environmental monitoring system, PEGASIS (, Dr. Ketterer presented to the audience proof that the contamination has been detected up to 14 miles away in Otway, Ohio!  Though, DOE claims it only went five miles, PEGASIS and Dr. Ketterer prove otherwise. 

Detected in air, water, soil and plant life at this location various isotopes of uranium, plutonium, americium, thorium and technetium-99 have all been discovered.  All these radioactive elements, as well as toxic chemicals, have been detected in all directions at 56 total monitoring stations.

This irrefutable evidence proves once and for all that the substantial spike in cancers and death surrounding the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant are caused directly by the site’s environmental releases of radiation.


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