Maxey Flats final cap construction well underway

Geosynthetic liner going on site, project on schedule

Major steps are being made at the Maxey Flats disposal site near Morehead, Ky.

The first half acre of geosynthetic clay liner was placed this week (Aug. 10) on top of a layer of leveling fill that’s been put on over the last three months.

This is the first geosynthetic liner to be placed at the site out of a total of 55 acres to be installed during the construction of the final cap.

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The first half-acre of geosynthetic liner has been placed at Maxey Flats. It’s one of several layers of cover the site will receive over the next six months.

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Gov. Beshear, Lawmakers Announce Final Remediation Stages Underway at Maxey Flats

Construction of the permanent cap is projected to wrap up in November 2016

Aerial photograph of the Maxey Flats Disposal Site in Hillsboro, Ky., by Thomas Stewart.
Aerial photograph of the Maxey Flats Disposal Site in Hillsboro, Ky., by Thomas Stewart.

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.

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Governor Steve Beshear, Secretary Len Peters, Rep. Mike Denham and Department for Environmental Protection officials ceremonially cover the Maxey Flats disposal site.

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Announcing a New Online Tool

Report Tracks Progress at the Maxey Flats Disposal Site

The first online Construction Progress Report Image - 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”

Officials to Host Public Meeting for Maxey Flats Disposal Site

State Moving Forward with Final Cap Plans

Aerial photograph of the Maxey Flats Disposal Site in Hillsboro, Ky., by Thomas Stewart.
Aerial photograph of the Maxey Flats Disposal Site in Hillsboro, Ky., by Thomas Stewart.

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.

In order for the public to have an opportunity to hear more information and have their questions answered about the final capping plans, a public meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Kentucky National Guard Armory Readiness Center, located at 4911 HWY 801 North, Morehead, Ky. Continue reading “Officials to Host Public Meeting for Maxey Flats Disposal Site”

Pre-bid Meetings Held at Maxey Flats Disposal Site

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.

Photo by Virginia Lewis
Photo by Virginia Lewis

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Maxey Flats Disposal Site, Sump Abandonment Underway Restricted Area Progress Photos

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.

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Of the 274 trench sumps on site, 83 are active, protrude through the liner and extend down to the waste trenches. These sump risers must be cut off below surface. But before this happens, bentonite must be placed in sumps to absorb any standing liquid in the bottom of the sumps. Continue reading “Maxey Flats Disposal Site, Sump Abandonment Underway Restricted Area Progress Photos”

Construction Begins Soon at the Maxey Flats Disposal Site

Personnel conduct measurements on one of the trench sumps to be abandoned at the Maxey Flats Disposal Site in Fleming County. Photo: Kentucky Division of Waste Management.
Personnel conduct measurements on one of the trench sumps to be abandoned at the Maxey Flats Disposal Site in Fleming County. Photo: Kentucky Division of Waste Management.

The Commonwealth has entered into a contract with Remedial Construction Services, L.P. (RECON) to abandon the trench sumps at the Maxey Flats Disposal Site. RECON met the qualifications and was the lowest bidder in a sealed bid advertisement, with a bid of approximately $1.1 million.

The work will be funded utilizing the trust fund established for the final closure of the facility and will include abandonment of several structures, including 83 existing sumps, and improvements to previously abandoned sumps for long-term stability beneath the final cap. Continue reading “Construction Begins Soon at the Maxey Flats Disposal Site”