- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) - Contractors cleaning up a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio are practicing for an emergency situation with a biennial exercise involving first responders.

Saturday’s full-scale drill at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon is meant to test workers, emergency responders and management on how they would handle an emergency involving multiple victims and potential effects on the surrounding area.

Lead contractor Fluor-B&W; Portsmouth warned that emergency sirens in the public alert system might be activated. Fluor says that if a real emergency occurred, people within 2 miles of the property would be encouraged to go indoors, close windows and turn off air conditioners and ventilation systems.

The drill also involves the U.S. Department of Energy, which runs the decontamination and decommissioning work.

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