Ohio challenged on nuke plant deaths

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 3 (UPI) — The survivors of 38 workers at an Ohio uranium-enrichment plant have sued the state for denying them workers compensation benefits.

The claims were rejected because the families, mostly aging widows, did not file for benefits within two years of the deaths, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported Tuesday.

The federal government only admitted in 2001 that employees at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant near Piketon, Ohio, had been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. Families received $150,000 in federal compensation.



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