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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed a cleanup of the former Bliss and Laughlin Steel Co. plant in Buffalo, removing about 60 cubic yards of radioactive waste.

Spokeswoman Arleen Kreusch said the cleanup is the first for the Corps under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program. Past cleanups were handled by the federal Department of Energy.

Kreusch said the work involved removing the concrete cover over a utility trench at the site on 110 Hopkins St., then removing material from within the trench. Some ceiling trusses were also decontaminated by vacuuming and the application of a caulk.

The contamination at the factory occurred in 1952, when the site was used to mill and strengthen uranium rods as part of the Manhattan Engineering District.

All of the waste generated in the cleanup, which took place during the first four months of 1999, was taken to a licensed disposal facility in Utah in September.

Results of continuous air monitoring indicated there was no release of contamination into the environment.

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