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Address:  2 MI W OF JUNCTION RT 128 & RT 126 
City & State:  FERNALD  OH  45030
EPA ID:  OH6890008976
EPA Region:  05
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R05-94/269
ROD Date:  07/22/1994
Operable Unit(s):  03
Media:  Groundwater, surface water, soil
Contaminant:  Radioactive materials
Abstract:  Please note that the text in this document summarizes the Record of Decision for the purposes of facilitating searching and retrieving key text on the ROD. It is not the officially approved abstract drafted by the EPA Regional offices. Once EPA Headquarters receives the official abstract, this text will be replaced.

The 136-acre Feed Materials Protection Center, part of the Fernald Environmental Management Project, is located in a rural agricultural area of Fernald, Ohio, about 18 miles northwest of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The site is near the villages of Fernald, New Baltimore, New Haven, Ross, and Shandon, Ohio. The elevation slopes slightly toward Paddys Run, a small intermittent stream on the west side of the site. Natural drainage at the site generally flows from east to west. The site is in the Paddys Run 100- and 500-year floodplain. On-site surface waters are confined to Paddys Run and its tributaries. A site-wide wetlands delineation indicated a total of 35.9 acres of freshwater wetlands on the site. The aquifer at the site is called the Great Miami Aquifer. Adjacent properties are primarily devoted to open land use such as agriculture and recreation. The site was used from 1953 through 1989 and is currently inactive.

The Fernald site was constructed in the early 1950s to produce materials needed for the nations nuclear weapons program. The operation began in May 1954. This facility produced high-grade uranium metal used for plutonium production in government reactors. The site produced uranium and other special products for 37 years. Production activities were stopped in 1989, and the production mission of the facility was formally ended in 1991.

In 1986, DOE entered into a Federal Facilities Compliance Agreement (FFCA) with the US EPA that provided for an RI/FS and remedial action to be conducted at the site. In 1988, DOE entered into a Consent Decree with the State of Ohio that provided for management of water pollution and hazardous wastes. In 1990, DOE and EPA entered into a Consent Agreement that amended the 1986 FFCA. In 1991, the 1990 Consent Agreement was amended to define five distinct operable units. This interim ROD consists of the former Production Area, which is about 136 acres near the center of the site and contains many buildings, scrap metal piles, containerized materials, storage pads, a parking lot, roads, railroad tracks, aboveground and underground tanks, utilities, and equipment.

The site is separated into five distinct operable units (OUs): OU-1 is the Waste Pit Area; OU-2 consists of other Waste Units; OU-3 is the Production Area and associated areas; OU-4 is made up of the Silos 1-4; and OU-5 consists of the Environmental Media such as the groundwater, surface water, soil not included in OU-1-4, sediments, flora, and fauna. This ROD addresses the existing site strategy for cleanup of OU-3. Included within the scope of this interim ROD is removal of all OU3 facilities, including former uranium processing buildings and equipment, support structures, above-, at-, and below-grade utilities, and identified ponds and basins.
Remedy:  The selected remedial action for this site includes decontaminating all structures and buildings by removing loose contamination; dismantling the above-grade structures; removing foundations, storage pads, ponds, basins, underground utilities, and other at- and below-grade structures; off-site disposal of waste and debris; off-site recycling of some recyclable material from dismantlement; and storing the remaining waste until the final ROD.
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