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News Summary: Cleanup working at Texas site

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 15, 2014 at 1:21 pm •  Published: January 15, 2014

GOOD SO FAR: A five-year review of the effort to clean up soil and groundwater contamination at the nation's only plant for assembling and disassembling nuclear weapons shows it has been effective and will continue for years.

DIRTY DEEDS: Pantex in the Texas Panhandle was added to the national Superfund cleanup list in 1994 because of past practices that included burning chemicals in unlined pits, burying waste in unlined landfills and discharging waste into on-site surface waters known as playa lakes.

OGALLALA: One of the top goals of the cleanup is to keep contamination from reaching the Ogallala Aquifer, which underlies eight Plains states and is the Panhandle's major source of water for municipal, industrial and agricultural use.