JUN 20, 2017 by MOLLY SAMUEL, WABE
Researchers are starting an environmental monitoring program in the Georgia community of Shell Bluff.
The community is south of Augusta on the Savannah River, near a nuclear power plant and a federal nuclear facility. Some residents are worried about the potential for contamination.
“We’ve been concerned, ever since my father died with cancer,” said Anne Lively Pitcher. Her father worked at the Savannah River Site, which is just over the river, in South Carolina. He died young, she said, in the 1950s. Her family goes way back in Shell Bluff, to the 1750s.
Pitcher came to a community meeting in Waynesboro on Monday night to learn more about plans to monitor for possible contamination from the two nearby nuclear facilities. She was with her sister, Deana Lively Keefer.
“This is our heritage,” said Keefer. “This is what our children and grandchildren will inherit later on.”