>>> A Pittsburgh-area newspaper is running a series on one of the great Cold War mysteries - was 200 pounds of uranium secretly sent to Israel for its nuclear weapons program by the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC), which had two processing facilities in the Pittsburgh suburbs? Or did the uranium end up in the dump NUMEC used?

This isn't just an intriguing historical mystery - it's having a very real-world impact right now. The people in that area are living with 100,000 tons of contaminated dirt and other nuclear waste. William Faulkner said, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." And that's never more true than with nuclear material.

The Valley News Dispatch series "Clandestine Company" by Mary Ann Thomas doesn't have a central webpage, so I'm creating one here. There have been six article so far, with more promised.

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Further info

The NUMEC Affair [National Security Archive]

What Lies Beneath [Foreign Policy]

Did Israel steal bomb-grade uranium from the United States? [Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]

Clandestine Company

"This occasional series, gleaned from never-before-released government documents and interviews with NUMEC employees, including the company's late founder, Zalman Shapiro, shows how a small company on the banks of the Kiski River was involved in some of the most clandestine U.S. nuclear programs of the past 50 years."

June 4, 2017

Apollo's NUMEC Allegedly Supplied Nuclear Batteries to Israel in Six Day War

Reports of Missing Uranium Dogged NUMEC Owner Zalman Shapiro for Life

Many Details of NUMEC's Israel Dealings Still Shrouded in Secrecy

June 11, 2017

Nuclear Material Was Doled Out "Like It Was Candy" 50 Years Ago

Is Missing Radioactive Material Still Buried in Parks?

Amount of Nuclear Waste in Parks Township Could Remain Unknown Until 2031

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