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About Fernald

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The Fernald Closure Project (called the Fernald site) is a former uranium processing facility located 18 miles northwest of Cincinnati, Ohio.  In 1989, after 37 years of operations to support the U.S. weapons program, site management shut down uranium metal production to concentrate on environmental compliance, waste management and remediation. 

Since 1992, Fluor Fernald has managed the cleanup of the 1,050-acre Fernald site for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  To coordinate fieldwork and leverage manpower and funding resources, Fluor Fernald organized site cleanup into the following projects:   

Silos 1 and 2 8,900 cubic yards of low-level radioactive, radium bearing waste
Silo 3 5,100 cubic yards of low-level radioactive waste
Waste Pits
790,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste
Soil and Disposal Facility
2.2 million cubic yards of contaminated soil
Building Decontamination and Demolition
223 buildings and structures
Aquifer Restoration
170 acres of the Great Miami Aquifer
Waste Management
2.5 billion pounds of waste
Nuclear Material Disposition Project
 31 million net pounds of uranium product

The cleanup projects are based on regulatory approved Records of Decision (final cleanup plans).  For more information about Fernald’s cleanup projects, visit the Cleanup section of the web site. 

Fernald’s 2006-Closure Plan
In 2001, the DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM), which oversees the Department’s waste management and environmental cleanup efforts, conducted a top-to-bottom review of all DOE sites nationwide to monitor cleanup progress.  DOE-EM issued the results of the review in February 2002, emphasizing the need for fundamental changes in how cleanup is performed throughout the complex.  To encourage reform, DOE plans to provide incentives to those sites that work in partnership with their regulators, contractors and communities to accomplish accelerated cleanup and risk reduction.  The incentives may include additional funding, technical assistance and programmatic support to develop cleanup agreements with state and federal regulators. 

In response, DOE and Fluor Fernald issued a revised execution baseline in March 2002 that outlines how Fernald will achieve site closure by late 2006, three years earlier than the site’s current baseline.  To attain site closure, Fluor Fernald must remediate all contaminant sources, contain all groundwater contamination, and develop long-term treatment and monitoring capabilities.  In general, the execution baseline identifies specific activities Fluor Fernald will accelerate in each of the major cleanup projects. 

For more information
Contact Sue Walpole, S.M. Stoller, 513-648-4026, email: sue.walpole@fernald.gov or visit the Closure Contract on the web site.

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