Radioactive Water Park Cleaned Up, Says EPA

     WASHINGTON (CN) - A radioactive landfill in the middle of a Chicago park is finally clean enough to be removed from the Superfund National Priorities List according the Environmental Protection Agency.
     Located in a largely residential area of West Chicago, Ill, the Kerr-McGee Reed-Keppler Park Superfund Site is on 11 acres of a 90 acre parcel that was developed into the Prairie Oaks Family Aquatic Center complete with water-slides, a multi-use pool, volleyball courts as well as concession and changing facilities.
     Just 700 feet from those facilities is what was the center of a landfill which for 40 years accepted radioactive mill tailings from the East Chicago Rare Earths Facility. Until the facility closed in 1973 it was the main source of thorium, a radioactive element that helps fuel nuclear reactors and nuclear bombs, for the U.S. weapons program.
     To decontaminate the site, the EPA ordered the removal 114,652 cubic yards of contaminated soil, which was sifted for radioactive material then shipped to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensed disposal site in Utah.

Federal Projects May Limit Competition to Vets

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Veterans Affairs contracting officers may restrict competition for contracts to small businesses owned by veterans, or by service-disabled veterans only, under certain conditions. Sole source contracts also are permissible under certain conditions.
     Contracting officers may use past performance in meeting subcontracting goals as a non-price evaluation factor in selecting offers for award. They also may just use veteran status as an evaluation factor. If a veteran wins an award using these rules, the contracting officer is to ensure that the proposed subcontractor or another veteran-owned subcontractor is used for that work or for work of similar value.
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