Fluor Corporations Fernald Closure Project

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Fluor Corporation’s Fernald Closure Project was one of the largest environmental cleanup projects ever set forth. High-grade uranium was used during the cold war by the U.S. military and was transported from a rural area northwest of Cincinnati, Ohio. A few years later after revealing its secrecy the government decided to act in cleaning up the mess. The scope of the Fernald project was massive—and downright dangerous. The site contained:

Two concrete silos with 8,900 cubic yards of radium-bearing sludge
One concrete silo holding 5,100 cubic yards of cold metal oxides
Six waste pits containing more than1 million tons of low-level radioactive waste
6 million cubic feet of containerized low-level waste
174,912 gallons of low-level liquid mixed waste
31 million pounds of nuclear product
224 process-related and administrative structures
400 acres of contaminated soil
A 225-acre plume of contamination in an underground aquifer

With all of the risks associated with this project it was extremely important to make sure that everything went smoothly and accordingly. This took the involvement of the administrative staff, environmentalists, and even the community. The project consisted of one single project to make sure that there were no discrepancies, with included more than 17,000 activities of preparation, determination, and accomplishments. Taking the single project approach meant the company could have work on deck if another activity was stalled or if additional funding surfaced. “Fluor always had another project ready to go—if they got knocked down one way, they would get right back up,” Mr. Reising says. It’s all about the determination and preparation.

 

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