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"Did You Know?" The Atomic Boom


By Audrey Schiesser | Local Happenings

Stories Inspired From "The Story of Portsmouth" by Elmer Sword

In our eleventh and final edition of “Did You Know?” with local tales from our county’s history, we are taking a look at the “The Atomic Boom”.

In August of 1952 the Atomic Energy Commission selected a site in Pike county that was 20 miles north of Portsmouth for a billion dollar plant. This massive facility was constructed to produce uranium 235 by means of gaseous diffusion.

Two new power plants had