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Title: The highly successful safe remediation of the Fernald waste pits undertaken under the privatization model

Remediation of eight waste pits at the Department of Energy (DOE) Fernald site, located northwest of Cincinnati, Ohio, involves excavating approximately one million tonnes in-situ of low-level waste which were placed in pits during Fernald's production era. This unique project, one of the largest in the history of CERCLA/Superfund, includes uranium and thorium contaminated waste, soils and sludges. These wet soils and sludges are thermally dried in a processing facility to meet Department of Transportation (DOT) transportation and disposal facility waste acceptance criteria, loaded into railcars and shipped to the Envirocare waste disposal facility at Clive, Utah. This project is now approximately 60% complete with more than 415,000 tonnes (460,000 tons) of waste material safely shipped in 74 unit trains to Envirocare. Work is scheduled to be completed in early 2005. Success to date demonstrates that a major DOE site remediation project can be safely and successfully executed in partnership with private industry, utilizing proven commercial best practices, existing site labor resources and support of local stakeholders. In 1997 under the DOE's privatization initiative, Fluor Fernald, Inc. (Fluor Fernald) solicited the services of the remediation industry to design, engineer, procure, construct, own and operate a facility that would undertake themore » remediation of the waste pits. The resulting procurement was awarded to IT Corporation, currently Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc. (Shaw). The contractor was required to finance the procurement and construction of its facilities and infrastructure. The contract was performance-based and payment would be made on the successful loadout of the waste from the facility on a per-ton basis meeting the Envirocare waste acceptance criteria. This paper details the performance to date, the challenges encountered, and the seamless partnering between DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Fluor Fernald, Shaw, labor un ions, and the local community in creating and executing a successful project.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
811180
Report Number(s):
FEMP-2605
TRN: US200311%%307
DOE Contract Number:
AC24-01OH20115
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Waste Management 2003, Tucson, AZ (US), 02/23/2003--02/27/2003; Other Information: PBD: 23 Feb 2003
Research Org:
Fernald Environmental Management Project, Cincinnati, OH (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; CONSTRUCTION; DESIGN; PERFORMANCE; PHOSPHORS; PROCESSING; PROCUREMENT; SLUDGES; SOILS; THORIUM; URANIUM; US DOT; US EPA; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT REMEDIATION PRIVATIZATION