Scientists collect samples from uranium-positive school

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Scientists collected samples today from Zahn’s Corner Middle School in Pike County after the building tested positive for Uranium.

The US Department of Energy, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Pike County Health Department, all sent crews to collect samples from the air and tiles in the school.

“Once we know what’s in there and the amounts, we want to make sure everyone feels safe,” said Shaylyn Hynes from the Department of Energy. “That’s our ultimate goal.”

The samples taken today, May 25, are going to be split three ways, explained Matthew Brewster, Pike County Health Department. “The Health District will have one. ODH will have a split, and then the Department of Energy.”

The school sits just miles from an uranium enrichment plant which has been undergoing a cleanup and decontamination, raising fear of airborne radioactive particles in the area.

The plant is now an environmental cleanup site, and concerns from health officials continues to grow.

“We are all committed to being transparent in getting results,” said Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health. “All three of us are doing testing independently, so we will have confirmed results.”

Results should be back in four to five weeks, the officials said.

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