Construction of the permanent cap is projected to wrap up in November 2016
HILLSBORO, Ky. (June 1, 2015) – Kentucky is taking the final steps toward capping the Maxey Flats Disposal site (MFDS), Gov. Steve Beshear said today.
The Governor, along with state and local officials, joined representatives from Walker Construction and other team members involved with the final cap construction to shovel the first load of dirt onto the synthetic liner that will serve as part of the nuclear waste site’s permanent protective cap.
The $35.2 million in funding to complete the final phase of the closure of this nuclear disposal site in Fleming County came at the request of Gov. Beshear. The General Assembly approved the funding in 2012.
Report Tracks Progress at the Maxey Flats Disposal Site
The first online Construction Progress Reportfor the Maxey Flats Disposal Site (MFDS) is now posted on the Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s website. This report is a new online tool intended to inform and educate anyone interested in MFDS final cap construction progress and related activities.
“In order to allow the public to check on the progress of the cap construction work, we have put together a construction progress report that is available on the Maxey Flats Disposal Site webpage,” said Environmental Scientist Consultant Tim Hubbard, P.G., of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. Continue reading “Announcing a New Online Tool”→
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is moving forward with plans for final capping of the Maxey Flats Disposal Site in Fleming County, Ky. The site operated as a commercial disposal landfill for low-level radioactive waste from 1962 to 1977.
Contractors to Bid on Final Closure Cap Construction
Contractors interested in bidding on the final cap construction contract walked across the existing reinforced geomembrane liner at the Maxey Flats Disposal Site in Hillsboro, Ky., as part of last week’s mandatory pre-bid meetings.
Crews are making great progress at the Maxey Flats Disposal Site. All 274 trench sumps are undergoing preparation for the final cap. Check out these agency photos of recent work within restricted area.
State funding allocated to place final cap on site
The final phase of the closure of the Maxey Flats nuclear disposal facility is underway, thanks to $35.2 million in funding requested by Gov. Steve Beshear and approved by the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly.
The allocation means the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) can move forward with plans for final capping of the site, which operated as a commercial disposal dump for radioactive waste from 1962 to 1977.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently notified the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection that the Maxey Flats Project has been approved to enter the Final Closure Period. The Maxey Flats Project is an inactive low-level radioactive waste landfill located in Fleming County, Ky., where approximately 4.7 million cubic feet of low-level radioactive waste was buried from 1963-1977.
Earlier this year the department made the determination that natural stabilization is substantially complete. EPA agreed stating, “The benefits of proceeding with final closure are greater than the benefits of waiting for any fractional settlement that might be achieved by not installing the cap for several more decades.” Natural stabilization was the remediation plan approved by the EPA in the 1991 Record of Decision. Natural processes have consolidated the waste in trenches since waste deposition ceased. With subsidence substantially complete, the final cap can be installed to maximize Continue reading “Maxey Flats Project Entering Final Closure Period”→