Fernald Preserve

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Uranium processing ended at the Fernald site 30 years ago and now the more than 1,000 acres are known as the Fernald Preserve. Its transition from uranium processing facility during the Cold War to vast nature preserve involved lawsuits, contamination, community advocacy, new government regulations, and an enormous and comprehensive clean-up.

Journalist Jenny Wohlfarth documented what she called "an ecological oasis in our city's backyard, with a very dark past."

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It's been 27 years since the Fernald Feed Materials Production Site closed down. Ten years ago this weekend, the work to replace the contaminated uranium plant with a nature preserve wrapped up.


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From 1951 until 1989, the Feed Materials Production Center in Fernald, Ohio, about 20 miles northwest of Cincinnati, was a key player in the Cold War, processing uranium for the United States nuclear weapons program.