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There will be no restrictions on future use of the Ashland I site in the Town of Tonawanda once a cleanup has been completed, about a dozen people were told Wednesday night by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials.

"If they build a school there in 10 or 20 years, would you send your kids there?" asked Ralph Krieger.

"Yes," replied Tim Byrnes, project manager for the corps.

Krieger, of Alden, is a former union president at Linde Corp., which, like the Ashland site, is undergoing a cleanup of uranium from the World War II Manhattan Project to build the first atomic bomb.

Byrnes spent most of the hour-long informational session at the Philip Sheridan School Building explaining the precautions that are being taken to move the contaminated soil by rail to Utah where usable uranium will be obtained from the soil.

Air and soil samples are constantly being tested and water is applied to hold down any dust. Covered containers are loaded on rail cars for the trip to Blanding, Utah.

Byrnes said afterwards that 45,000 cubic yards of soil have been removed out of an estimated total of 120,000 cubic yards. The project began in June and is expected to take three years.

The work will include back-filling the area, covering it with topsoil and planting grass, as is now growing on the Ashland II site, he said.

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