DOE, Ohio EPA agree on waste disposal at uranium enrichment facility

Caption: Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Facility

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) agreed on the disposition of nuclear waste generated from the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of an Ohio facility.
 
The plan calls for a combination of on-site and off-site waste disposition and the construction of an On-Site Waste Disposal Facility in the northeast corner of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio. The contract covers waste that meets acceptance criteria approved by the Ohio EPA for the facility. Any waste that does not meet the requirements will be shipped to off-site federal or commercial disposal facilities. Recycling of waste materials from non-radiological areas is also under consideration.
 
The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Facility was built in the 1950s and produced uranium for military uses as well as provided fuel for nuclear power plants. Production at the plant ended in 2001.
 
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