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  • Fluor Fernald, the contractor responsible for the environmental cleanup and restoration of the of the former uranium production site outside of Cincinnati, Ohio,   received formal acceptance from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on January 22, 2007, that its clean-up of the 1,050-acre site is now complete.

  • Fluor Fernald, the contractor responsible for the environmental cleanup and restoration of the 1,050-acre former uranium production plant that played a critical role in our nation's nuclear weapons program, presented site owner the Department of Energy (DOE) with its  declaration of physical completion  on October 29, 2006.
     

  • The 3,776th and final canister of treated Silos 1 and 2 byproduct was shipped off site May 26, 2006.  Since May 2005, Fernald has been treating the Silos material and sealing it in 1/2 inch thick steel canisters.  Over 5 million miles were logged during the shipping campaign.
     

  • The last of 5,100 cubic yards of waste from Silo 3 was shipped off site April 11, 2006.  The 12-month shipping campaign logged over 1 million miles.
     

  • Fluor Fernald and Shaw Environmental Inc. completed the largest radioactive waste shipping campaign in DOE history as the 154th train of pit waste left Fernald.  The shipping campaign began April 26, 1999 when the first 60-car unit train left the cleanup site for the 1,900-mile trip to Envirocare of Utah.  Since then, Fernald workers have excavated nearly 1 million tons of waste generated during the uranium production era from six waste pits.   

  • On June 6, 2005 the first shipment of Fernald's treated  K-65 waste left the site for an interim storage facility in West Texas. Approximately 2,000 more truck shipments from now until the end of the year will be required to transfer all the waste to the storage facility.

  • Fluor Fernald awarded a $7.5 million contract to Waste Control Specialists (WCS) in Texas for interim storage of uranium processing residues from Fernaldís K-65 Silos at their Andrews County site.   Removal of the K-65 waste from Fernald represents the last major hurdle in permanently closing the 54-year-old plant.

  • Two of Fernaldís most recognizable landmarks fell to the ground April 16Ė17, 2004 as Fluor Fernald demolition workers knocked down the K-65 Silos.  For nearly 50 years the two concrete structures were home to 8,900 cubic yards of radioactive waste, the byproduct of uranium metal extraction. The waste is now in holding tanks awaiting treatment and off-site disposal. Time-lapse video.
     

  • The Comprehensive Legacy Management and Institutional Controls Plan (LMICP) has been revised and submitted to U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA for review. The LMICP details the surveillance and maintenance requirements for the site, scope of the ongoing aquifer restoration program, and the approach to management and oversight of the Fernald Site post closure. Questions regarding the LMICP should be directed to Sue Walpole, 513-648-4026, email: Sue.Walpole@lm.doe.gov.
     
  • Due to the  heavy rains and snow melt, and per the U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA approved procedure, pumping of untreated storm water from Fernald's Storm Water Retention Basin to the Great Miami River began on January 5 and ended January 7.  The impact of this pumping to the water quality in the river is negligible due to the river's current extremely high flow rate.  It is anticipated that the untreated water being pumped to the river will add less than one tenth of 1 part per billion (ppb) of uranium to the river's background uranium concentration of 2.13 ppb.  The EPA's drinking water standard for uranium is 30 ppb. Please see the Water Treatment Bypass Process for additional information.
     
  • Fernald Closure Project Final Draft Risk-Based End State Vision was submitted to DOE-HQ on December 1, 2004 and is now available to Stakeholders. Please contact Johnny Reising at 513.648.3139 with questions.
     
  • Draft Final Explanation of Significant Differences for Operable Unit 4 Remedial Actions is now available. The public comment period is from November 18, 2004 to December 18, 2004 and a public hearing on this document will be on December 7, 2004.
     
  • Operable Unit 5 Wastewater Treatment Remedial Design Fact Sheet is now available.
     
  • On April 29, demolition crews pulled down the last portion of the Pilot Plant. The Pilot Plant was the first facility operated and at Fernald and the last of 10 complexes to be torn down by the Demolition Project.
     
  • On Tuesday, April 6 about 60 Fernald stakeholders including members of the Fernald Citizens Advisory Board attended a two-hour tour of the Silos 1 and 2 Project and the Silo 3 Project.
     
  • Fluor Fernald employees have developed an excellent Safety Culture. Itís their commitment to safety thatís reflected in a safety record thatís among the best in the Department of Energy and far ahead of the construction industry.
     
  • On Wednesday, April 7, train #114 left the Waste Pits Project on itís way to Envirocare of Utah. April 26 will mark the 5th anniversary of waste shipments from the project. In all, 728,442 tons of waste has been shipped in 6,771 gondola cars. If placed end to end in one continuous train it would stretch 68 miles! A total of 130 trains will be needed to complete waste removal operations from the pits later this year.
     
  • The Decontamination and Demolition Project demolition crews are now dismantling the last former production building - the Pilot Plant. The Pilot Plant was the first facility built at Fernald in 1952. When the last upright structure topples to the ground later this month it will mark the end of over a decade of uranium production plant demolition. In all 159 of 255 structures have been dismantled across the 1050-acre site.
     
  • DOE and Fluor Fernald presented the concept behind a smaller replacement water treatment facility to replace the Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWWT) facility.
     
  • Fernald has completed seven ecological restoration projects on site to restore natural resources that were damaged by site operations and cleanup activities.  DOE plans to complete 15 ecological restoration projects through 2006. 
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