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Remedial Alternatives for the Bear Creek Valley Waste Disposal Area
Subject Terms:
Bear Creek Valley; Remedial Activity; Waste Disposal; Waste Management
Document Location:
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Health, Safety and Environment\Environmental Effects
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Publication Date:
1985 Jun 30
Declassification Status:
Never classified
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Originating Research Org.:
Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant
OpenNet Entry Date:
1995 Apr 14
Released under Phase II of the Oak Ridge Health Studies Agreement. This report covers the establishment of an approach for evaluating remedial-action alternatives in the Bear Creek Valley Waste Disposal Area (BCVWDA). The BCVWDA consists of three principal waste-disposal sites, the S-3 Ponds, the Oil Landfarm, and the Burial Grounds, spread out over a distance of roughly two miles in the valley of Bear Creek. The valley, which extends in a west-east direction, is bordered on the north by Pine Ridge and on the south by Chestnut Ridge. Bear Creek flows through the valley and ultimately drains into East Fork Poplar Creek, whcih drains into Poplar Creek, a tributary of the Clinch River. The BCVWDA has been used for waste disposal since 1951. Investigations show that contaminants have entered surface waters and ground waters from each of the three areas. The contaminants are mainly volatile organic compounds, nitrate, oils, heavy metals, and radioactive substances. The principal contaminant in surface water in Bear Creek and its tributaries is nitrate derived from the S-3 Ponds. Data from monitoring wells, water level data, and data from plumes of ground water contamination investigations have been defined at all three sites. The contamination poses no direct threat to drinking water supplies. The report presents four remedial alternatives: 1) no action, 2) total excavation oand removal of the wast sources, including contaminated soils, 3) reduction of leachate generation, and 4) ground water cleanup. The report goes into detail about each of these four proposed alternatives.

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