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UFO Videotaped At Fernald Uranium Processing Plant

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk (Stig Agermose)
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 20:31:49 +0200
Fwd Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 23:15:49 -0400
Subject: UFO Videotaped At Fernald Uranium Processing Plant

This final report by T.A.S.K. investigator Kenny Young was found at

http://home.fuse.net/task/FERNALD.htm

I have attached some of the pictures as files, and you'll find Young's
preliminary report containing some additional information after the
text.

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Enjoy!


Stig


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REPORT ON
INVESTIGATION OF FERNALD UFO SIGHTING


Initial lead


While working a UFO exhibit at the Cincinnati Convention Center during
March of ‘97, I was approached by a certain individual (more specific
information on this person will not be disclosed out of respect to the
wishes for anonymity which has been made clear). He advised me of a UFO
sighting at the Fernald Uranium Processing Plant near Ross, Ohio. This
informant, who we shall call Matt (Mysterious, Anonymous Tattle-Tale),
claimed to have been an employee at Fernald in the months before and
after the sighting. 1)

Matt had been glancing at the table where still photographs taken from
the CLERMONT COUNTY RECORDING were displayed. He pointed at one
photograph of the triangular headlight arrangement and said, "It looked
like this object." 2)

I told him I was interested in the account and asked how I could get in
contact for a follow-up, but "Matt" hesitated, and claimed to be afraid
to give me a name.

He advised that the UFO had been videotaped by a guard at the
guardshack on NOVEMBER 24, 1994 (two weeks after the CLERMONT COUNTY
RECORDING). He said that the situation was perceived as a security
matter, and that the FAA was contacted and advised of the event.

"Matt" also said that several people at Fernald knew about it, that it
had been ‘hushed up' and people were instructed not to talk about it.

He said I should make an FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) appeal with
DOE (Department of Energy) to acquire the report on the incident.

Also, "Matt" said that the videotape had been examined by the video
personnel at Fernald. Still images on the recording had been ‘freeze
framed' then xeroxed and distributed to a few people who had access to
the records. “Matt” implied that he was one of those individuals.

I provided “Matt” with a business card that included my address and
phone number, and entertained high hopes that future contact might be
made. For weeks I thought of the conversation, but felt my hopes
languish as no further word of this strange tale came my way. Then
suddenly, on Wednesday, May 14, I received an envelope displaying no
name or return address. Inside was a word-processed letter which
cryptically stated the following:

location: the U.S. DOE Fernald Environmental Management Project (now
called Fluor-Daniel Fernald)
contents: stills of a security video camera

Enclosed as an attachment was a large 11 x 17" sheet of paper bearing
seven poor quality black & white images taken from a video camcorder.
The date and time of the recording is tagged onto the video, and the
information indicates the date as November 23, 1994 (the informant had
earlier stated November 24) and the time listed is 5:48 a.m. The
seconds are also displayed on the recording, and 5 of the images appear
in reverse sequence, from top to bottom, based upon the arrangement of
the digital clock so that the top image lists "AM - 5:48:10" while the
bottom image lists "AM - 5:48:08"

/Above: Still image captured from the videotape which was
later acquired, computer analysis by Dale Farmer/ ((See 055344.jpg))

Of the seven pictures, four contain complete images, the other three
either leave the page or are broken due to copier error. Two of the
four clear images depict an object that resembles a lighted [luminous?]
donut. This element could be an abberation created by the internal
apparatus within the lense of the camera, and not a solid object.

However, the relative sharpness of the "donut" images was also
considered to be an artifact of the copier. Depending on the contrast
setting of the copier used, diffuse edges are ignored and are filled in
with either more "white" or more "black."

This would not be, of course, an adequate analysis until review of the
videotape could be conducted.


INVESTIGATION


On Saturday, May 31, I set off with an associate from a Cracker Barrel
restaurant on Winton Road to proceed to the Fernald plant, intending to
speak to a guard at the guardshack. The journey to Fernald was simply a
fancy made on impulse with no prior planning. 3)

Upon entering Ross, Ohio, we expected to find the Fernald plant easily,
but took a wrong turn somewhere and got lost. Driving around for about
15 minutes, we found ourselves in Okeana and stopped at the Okeana
Grocery Store to ask for directions. Inside the store, three passersby
responded eagerly when asked for directions to Fernald. The clerk
commented, "Just follow the glow."

This was greeted by some laughter and more jokes until I had humorously
added, "Well, actually, we're looking for UFOs anyway."

"You may want to talk to some people at the Fire Department, I've heard
they saw them," came the sober response. Although the clerk offered no
specific details , he knew of information that could be acquired
through the fire department.

Directions were given and we found ourselves approaching the guard
shack at the ominous Fernald Uranium Processing site. The guard
remained seated in the small shack which was situated at the main
entrance to the plant as we drove the car up to the door. When advised
that we were investigating a reported UFO sighting in the area, the
guard stated, "I know of a security guard who you may want to talk to.
He's not here tonight, but he saw one. It flew over one night on third
shift."

The guard confirmed again that he had heard stories, and said, "I've
heard about it, but I didn't see it. There was something that was
supposed to have come over."

When asked if there were any video recordings, the guard answered, "I'm
not sure if there were or not."

Plant 4 underwent safe shutdown, decontamination and dismantlement
before being successfully imploded on Saturday, August 24, 1996.

The guard suggested we contact Lieutenant Paul Disney, the supervisor
in charge of security at FERMCO, the agency contracted by Fernald to
furnish plant security.

Suddenly aware that I was writing down this information, the guard
became uneasy and more reluctant to talk: "Why don't you come back
later and talk to them about it?"

This second-hand information provided ‘soft' confirmation of a story
first conveyed by "Matt," an anonymous whistle-blower who strangely
told of his ‘fear’ about involvement with a story that had been ‘hushed
up.’



HARD CONFIRMATION


I had contacted Mr. DALLAS at Fernald Security and announced the nature
of my call. According to Mr. Dallas, Lt. Disney was unavailable until
Wednesday, June 4. Dallas knew of the UFO sighting but was unsure of a
report filed on the incident. Dallas said, "The guys on third shift
made a claim and a videotape of a UFO sighting." 4)

When asked whether or not the information would be retained with
Fernald or Firmco, Mr. Dallas said, "It's all the same," adding that
the records would be accessible to the public. "If they kept anything,
whether it be videotape or written reports, you would be able to get
that."

Dallas again suggested I contact Paul Disney, who could address my
inquiries better.

Thinking to take the ‘back door approach,’ I placed a few phone calls
to the main security gate several times and talked with the night-shift
employees. One guard who answered the phone began laughing hysterically
when I placed my inquiry. “Is this a joke?” he giggled as I sought to
restore seriousness to the conversation. “Who is this?” he chuckled,
and from that point on, the inquiry went downhill. The serious tone as
I sought after was ‘down the commode’ as I could sense tears welling up
in his eyes from hysterical laughter. Ultimately, his silly conduct
prevailed and I found myself somewhat humored by his giggly demeanor as
well. A phone call the next evening was not as mirthful, however, as
the receptionist taking my call ‘hung up’ when I had asked for a
certain guard by name. Perhaps it was understood that I would be
calling...



DISNEY SPEAKS


Days later I finally contacted Lieutenant Disney, who also confirmed
hearing of the UFO sighting and to have seen photos. Disney said that
he had heard stories of a "ball or something in the sky" that was
photographed, but didn't know what had become of the material. He said
he had seen the photos "floating around" from time to time. 5)

Disney deferred the call to Susan Walpole, the Public Relations Manager
for Fluor-Daniel Fernald. Disney stated, "All such off-site inquiries
will be handled by the public relations department. They want to be the
ones to respond to any questions people have regarding an incident or
anything that may or may not have happened."

Disney wasn't sure how available this information would be. The cameras
used by the security staff are fixed cameras, but are moveable and
remotely controlled from a monitor room. The information is recorded by
means of a time-lapse recording system. When asked, he responded that
the guards "do not use video camcorders and do not bring camcorders to
work with them."

The Public Relations Supervisor, Susan Walpole, was then contacted, and
said she would research the story for me. Taking my name and number,
she assured a phone call would be returned. When asked what procedures
she would use to research the story, Walpole said she would "find out
from the video people and other people, who, if anybody, has the video
and report," and added that it "was not in public affairs." She said
she would make some phone calls to find out where it "exists on site."
6)

The following afternoon, after awaiting a phone call that never came, I
again contacted the Public Relations Department, where, not
surprisingly, it was made clear that no videotape of a UFO over Fernald
was officially retained, and the spokesperson added: “I don’t have any
information for you.” 7)

“The one guard who evidently saw it works on third shift and I left a
message but he hasn’t called back.“ She released the name of this
individual (that will not appear in this text), who she said was the
‘witness to the incident.’

The search inquiries were made with the communications center where no
record of the event or video was said to exist, the multi-media visual
("the AV people"), where they reportedly searched their database and no
video was found. A check was also made with three or four persons in
security who equally did not claim to have the video.

A phone call was again placed to Lt. Disney, where he was asked if I
could acquire records and logs. He was also asked if I could make
arrangements to speak directly with the security guard.

Disney said, "Sure, he works on third shift though."

I went on to add that I had made several late-night phone calls and
couldn't reach him, and I would rather find out a good night to call.
Disney stepped away breifly to check his schedule, then came back and
said "Uh-oh, it looks like this gentleman will be on vacation for
several weeks. He just took off."



Continued Haggling


Susan Walpole, Public Relations Supervisor of Fluor-Danile Fernald, was
again contacted after a delayed response to my previous inquiries. She
said that she had been making numerous inquiries with different
persons, and still turning up negative results. 8)

She checked for any AEDO reports (Assistant Emergency Duty Officer)
which is a 24 hour office which fills out a log of any “off-normal
occurrences.” These reports are routed to the duty officer who keeps a
log of incidents. She also consulted with the person in charge of
emergency operations center with no results (I inquired if this would
have been perceived as an emergency situation, and she said, “I don’t
think so”).

She also checked the Fire & Safety log plus the SHIFT LOG. She assured
that she would furnish me with the names of the people who were on duty
during the event.

Regarding the videotape, she didn’t know if the Fernald security
systems embed a date and time stamp onto their video recordings, but
said she would find out for me. She said that the Fire & Safety people
retain a personal camcorder at all times, and they may be the ones who
recorded the video.

Overall, it looked as if nothing substantive would come of the Fernald
story.



PREVIOUS UFO SIGHTINGS


A quick review of Fernald history revealed that an Unidentified Flying
Object was reported over the FERNALD URANIUM PROCESSING PLANT on August
25, 1955. This event, witnessed by police Sgt. Ralph Weber, Patrolman
Ernest Nehree and Patrolman Maurice Wiseman, was observed at 10:55 p.m.
The ‘flickering red glow’ over the atom plant was described as
'something like the exhaust from an airliner, which flickered.' The
object reportedly would drop 100 to 300 feet and then go back up,
sometimes darting 'side to side' like it couldn't stay stationary. The
Cincinnati Post reported that the Atomic Energy Commission had launched
an investigation into the matter. 9)

On April 10, 1983, an unknown object was visually observed by two
motorists and an area resident in the vicinities of Layhigh Road and
Hamilton-New London Road, both near Route 748. A power failure and
unusual animal response followed as the object then landed in a field.
A 50-foot circular area of effected ground was discovered, its outer
fringes were scorched and there were several broken branches found
there, having been forcefully removed from a nearby tree. A 3-foot
‘burned area’ was found at the center of the effected region. After
meticulous research by Ron Schaffner and other investigators, this case
remains unexplained. This location is 4.5 miles northeast of the
Fernald facility. 10)



Interview with the Security Guard


After several weeks of patience, I thought it time to contact the
security guard, thinking he may have since returned from his vacation.

A 1:00 a.m. telephone call was made to the Fernald Security department,
and a long talk with the primary witness finally made. The witness,
also a part-time police officer, was willing to provide the tantalizing
details of this mysterious event. 11)

“I was just out on perimeter patrol enroute to stationary post, and
there was this light in the sky that followed me,” stated the officer.
“It looked like this thing had landing lights. When I turned, it
turned, and just set there. It hovered east of my location, over the
Hamilton parking lot.”

"It first appeared to be about the same elevation as routine air
traffic, it was going due south, and then when I turned west, this
thing turned around and followed me, so then I thought this was a
helicopter. I rolled the window down and didn’t hear any sound, so then
I called the Control Center.”

“Someone from the Control Center evidently swung their cameras around
and was able to pick this up from a remote location. When 'The County'
showed up, there were still photos of this thing that was given to
them.”

“The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department was summoned to the scene by
someone from the Control Center, and they talked to me in the
Administration Building and also took a report.”

The unidentified aircraft, described by the guard as a silent light
which moved from north to south before suddenly hovering like a
helicopter, performed a banking maneuver that could not be duplicated
by conventional aircraft. According to the security guard, the object
departed Fernald by lifting to a high elevation and hovering stationary
in the sky, appearing as a star until well after daylight.



Inquiries with Hamilton County 9-1-1


Dave Matthews, supervisor of the Hamilton County Communications Center,
confirmed that the call was received and also furnished an ‘incident
advisory’ which states the time and nature of the call, plus the name
of the two officers that handled the report. A notation on the log
states: ‘strange sphere with strange lights sighted over Fernald.’ 12)

“This was just a routine call,” stated Matthews, “we get UFO calls all
the time. I am just one of nine supervisors here, and on my watch, I’ve
handled about 250 to 300 calls for UFO reports in Hamilton County since
1974,” informed the 9-1-1 supervisor.

“UFO reports are considered a Priority 3, or routine, simply because
such reports are not deemed emergency situations. If we had sufficient
information that would warrant an emergency-type response, then we
would upgrade the priority status of these type of reports, but at this
time, we do not have such information,” Matthews said.

/This image is of the reported phenomenon situated
behind trees, which can be seen in the foreground/((See footage4.jpg))



The Videotape is Acquired


Initially, persons at F.E.M.P. denied that a videotape of a UFO
sighting over Fernald was actually retained or even made at the
facility. But suddenly, at a staff meeting on Monday, July 1, the
videotape finally surfaced.

Arrangements were hastily made and the tape was hand-delivered by
Fernald officials at the ‘badge-issuing trailer’ on-site.

“The reason we couldn’t find it the first time was because it was held
by a D.O.E. official,” stated the cordial employee.

/This was the graphic created by the F.E.M.P. video department, which
tags and identifies the beginning of the videotape./

The videotape depicts a glaring light which shines toward the camera
like a spotlight, only much brighter. Another videotape of the event
was also recorded from a communications center camera, and it depicts
an odd-looking light hovering in the sky, and then jump-cuts to the
phenomenon as it hovers behind trees. Many voices can be heard saying,
“Look at it, look at it!” and “didn’t it just move?”

One person declares, “I’ve been working third-shift too long!”

The images from the two cameras have been edited by the F.E.M.P. video
department, and dubbed onto one videocassette labeled “Unidentified
Object at the F.E.M.P.” The edited sequences are out of order, as per
the time listed on the date-stamp within the video frame. There is some
indication that there were other sequences not included on the video
which had been edited out, based upon the gaps in the video
date/time-stamp.



Brief Reflections


The 1994 Fernald UFO event happened during a spate of UFO sightings
around the Cincinnati area. Two weeks prior, a Clermont County resident
recorded a home-video of a triangular headlight configuration which
performed an odd maneuver during a rain shower. Before that, a UFO was
reported to the Forest Park Police Department by motorists near the
Forest Fair Mall.

Looking back over this affair, the most outstanding aspect isn’t an
overflight of an unidentified flying object above this facility, it is
the ‘hush hush’ mannerism in which the incident was handled afterwards.
The silence a byproduct not of a great secrecy machine, but moreso an
offshoot of a convenient ‘file it away’ approach assumed by Fernald and
Hamilton County 9-1-1. The video, deemed valuable to UFO researchers
and investigators, would furnish excellent material for analysis and
computer scrutiny. The participants did not recognize neither the
common proliferation of UFO material in our society in which certain
interest may be gathered from this happening, nor did they acknowledge
the apparent value of the recording in the hands of credible
investigators. It found its place on a shelf somewhere, known only
among those privileged few.

This sort of event, if happening in the late 80’s, would have been an
considered intrusive to the security of The United States due to the
sensitivity of the Fernald operation.

But more interesting was the look in the eyes of Matt, the mysterious
informant who seemed to express fear upon the telling of this account,
as he cryptically stated, “Let me just tell you, this is something I
don’t want to get involved with.”



1. Victory of Light Psychic Fair held on Sunday, March 16, 1997 at the
Cincinnati Covention Center, sponsored by Victory Books

2. The CLERMONT COUNTY RECORDING was videotaped on November 10, 1994
near U.S. Route 50 in Owensville, Ohio, and reported in The Cincinnati
Post, The Middletown Journal and also on WXIX TV-19 News. The videotape
depicts images of a triangular-shaped headlight configuration which may
be explainable as common air traffic. However, there remain numerous
questions about the maneuvers in progress as well as the computer
analysis of the video, which left more questions than answers.

3. The Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP) is located about
18 miles northwest of Cincinnati, Ohio. Between 1953 and 1989, the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) facility, then called the "Feed Materials
Production Center," produced uranium metal products for the nation’s
defense programs. The FEMP’s products were used in production reactors
to make plutonium and tritium at other DOE sites. In 1992, Fluor Daniel
Fernald assumed responsibility for managing all cleanup activities at
the FEMP under a contract with DOE. Formerly known as the Fernald
Environmental Restoration Management Corp., Fluor Daniel Fernald is a
subsidiary of Fluor Daniel Inc., based in Irvine, Calif. The Fluor
Daniel Fernald company is composed of Fluor Daniel, Jacobs Engineering
Group Inc., Haliburton NUS Environmental Services, and Nuclear Fuel
Services.

4. Telephone contact on Monday afternoon, June 2, 1997 with Mr. DALLAS
at Fernald Security (513) 648-5594

5. Telephone contact made on Wednesday, June 4, at 12:20 p.m. with
Lieutenant Paul Disney, Fernald Security (648-5594)

6. Telephone contact made on Wednesday, June 4 with Susan Walpole, the
Public Relations Manager 648-4026.

7. Telephone contact made on Thursday, June 5, 1997

8. Telephone contact made on Friday, June 13, 1997

9. The Cincinnati Post, August 26, 1955

10. MUFON UFO JOURNAL. Walter H. Andrus, Jr. Editor, August 1983,
Number 186.

11. July 27, 1997 Phone call made to Security Guard whose name will be
withheld for privacy purposes

12. Discussion at Hamilton County 9-1-1 Center, Saturday June 29, 1997


Report filed July 2, 1997
by Kenny Young



For more information on Fluor Daniel Fernald, go to the following sites:
http://www.gao.gov/AIndexFY97/abstracts/rc97063.htm
http://www.everybodys.org/archive/416/media.html
http://www.em.doe.gov/em94/cenfern.html
http://enquirer.com/fernald/stories/021196c_fernald.html
http://enquirer.com/fernald/stories/082396b_fernald.html
http://enquirer.com/fernald/stories/021296c_fernald.html
http://offo2.epa.ohio.gov/FACT1.HTM


*******




T.A.S.K.





(Tri-State Advocates for Scientific Knowledge)





July 01, 1997





NEWS RELEASE:







On the 50th anniversary of the controversial Roswell UFO incident,
T.A.S.K. announces that it has unearthed the previously undisclosed
details of a strange security situation happening at the Fernald
facility at 5:45 a.m. on November 23, 1994.



A 4-month investigation by T.A.S.K. researchers, based upon a
mysterious tip from an anonymous informant, has resulted in the
acquisition of a surveillance-camera videotape of an Unidentified
Flying Object (UFO) that was recorded and witnessed by security guards
on site at the Fernald Environmental Management Project (F.E.M.P.)



The mysterious object pursued a patrol car driven by a FERMCO security
guard who was on patrol. The unidentified aircraft, described as a
silent light which moved from north to south before suddenly hovering
like a helicopter, performed a banking maneuver that could not be
duplicated by conventional aircraft, according to a security guard
interviewed by T.A.S.K. researcher Kenny Young.



The guard alerted the communications center, and the situation was
deemed a security predicament. A phone call was then placed to the
Hamilton County 9-1-1 dispatch center, where two officers responded to
the scene. Dave Matthews, supervisor of the Hamilton County
Communications Center, confirmed to T.A.S.K. that the call was received
and also furnished an 'incident advisory' which states the time and
nature of the call, plus the name of the two officers that handled the
report. A notation on the log states: 'strange sphere with strange
lights sighted over Fernald.'



The video control center of F.E.M.P. remotely swung their surveillance
cameras around and recorded the phenomenon. The videotape depicts a
glaring light which shines toward the camera like a spotlight, only
much brighter. Another videotape of the event was also recorded from a
communications center camera, and it depicts an odd-looking light
hovering in the sky, and then jump-cuts to the phenomenon as it hovers
behind trees. Many voices can be heard saying, "Look at it, look at
it!" and "didn't it just move?"



The images from the two cameras have been edited by the F.E.M.P. video
department, and dubbed onto one videocassette labeled "Unidentified
Object at the F.E.M.P." The edited sequences are out of order, as per
the time listed on the date-stamp within the video frame. There is some
indication that there were other sequences not included on the video
which had been edited out, based upon the gaps in the video
date/time-stamp.



According to the security guard, the object departed Fernald by lifting
to a high elevation and hovering stationary in the sky, appearing as a
star until well after daylight.



The informant, who first advised T.A.S.K. investigator Kenny Young of
the incident, feared for his job and safety when telling of this
happening. Young was anonymously mailed xerox copies of certain prints
retained from the video, and also advised to seek after a written
report on the incident.



Initially, persons at F.E.M.P. denied that a videotape of a UFO
sighting over Fernald was actually retained or even made at the
facility. Then, one week after informing Fernald that T.A.S.K. was
aware of two officers with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department who
were given photocopies of the videotape, public relations spokesperson
Susan Walpole announced that a videotape was located.



The mysterious informant who tipped Young to the story assured that a
written report on the incident was retained with the Department of
Energy, despite repeated denials by Fernald that any such written
documentation exists. A Freedom of Information Act petition will be
drafted and forwarded to D.O.E. for any such reports on this
occurrence.



This sort of event, if happening in the late 80's, would have been
considered intrusive to the security of The United States due to the
sensitivity of the Fernald operation. A previous UFO sighting happened
at Fernald on August 25, 1955. This event was witnessed by three police
officers. The Cincinnati Post reported that the Atomic Energy
Commission had launched an investigation into the matter.



On April 10, 1983, an unknown object was observed by multiple witnesses
in the vicinities of Layhigh Road and Hamilton-New London Road, both
near Route 748. A power failure and unusual animal response followed as
the object then landed in a field. A 50-foot circular area of effected
ground remained, its outer fringes were scorched and there were several
broken branches found there, having been forcefully removed from a
nearby tree. A 3-foot 'burned area' was found at the center of the
effected region. This location is 4.5 miles northeast of the Fernald
facility.



The 1994 Fernald UFO event happened during a spate of UFO sightings
around the Cincinnati area. Two weeks prior, a Clermont County resident
recorded a home-video of a triangular headlight configuration which
performed an odd maneuver during a rain shower. Before that, a UFO was
reported to the Forest Park Police Department by motorists near the
Forest Fair Mall.



The Fernald videotape is currently undergoing computer analysis by
T.A.S.K. computer specialist Dale Farmer, and the results of his
analysis and a complete report on this event will be posted at the
T.A.S.K. web-site on July 2, 1997. http://home.fuse.net/task/



For further questions, contact:

Kenny Young, T.A.S.K. - 513-351-4951,

E-mail at: task@fuse.net


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