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Beginning nearly 50 years ago at a site near Karthaus, where Clearfield, Clinton and Centre counties come together, two companies leaked nuclear radiation into the largest wild area in the eastern United States, the Quehanna Wild Area.
It took 40 years for the government to figure out how badly the place was contaminated, and another 10 years to clean up the sources of radiation.
Now, more than $20 million in cleanup costs later, the state Department of Environmental Protection is suing the companies to get the money back.