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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/R05-96/312
ROD Date:  01/31/1996
Operable Unit(s):  05
Media:  Soil, sediment, groundwater
Contaminant:  Antimony, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, copper, cyanide, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, silver, uranium, zinc, aroclor, benzo(a)pyrene, 1,2-dichloroethane, cesium, radium, radon, strontium, technetium, thorium
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 Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP) site, formerly the Feed Materials Production Center, is a 1,050 acre facility located in southwestern Ohio, about 18 miles northwest of downtown Cincinnati. The facility is located just north of the small rural community of Fernald and lies on the boundary between Hamilton and Butler counties.The site is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) and processed high-purity uranium metal products between 1951 and 1989. DOE constructed the FEMP in 1951 to produce high-purity uranium metal in support of national defense programs. Production at the FEMP ceased in 1989 and the plant focused on environmental restoration and waste management activities.The site consists of three primary areas: the former production area, the waste storage area, and adjacent forest/pasture land. The production area is a 136-acre tract at the center of the site. The waste storage area is located west of the production area and is where virtually all processing wastes were deposited. Contaminants from material processing and related activities were released into the environment through air emissions, wastewater discharge, storm water runoff, and leaks and spills.Currently, 31 removal actions are underway at the site. The intent of these removal actions is to abate, minimize, stabilize, mitigate, or eliminate a release of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants before a final remedy is reached. Five of the 31 removal actions are the responsibility of OU 5; these include contaminated water beneath FMOC buildings; south groundwater contamination plume; the uncontrolled production area runoff; storage of soil and debris; and KC-2 warehouse/well 67.
Remedy:  The selected remedy for OU 5 involves the excavation of contaminated soil and placement in an on-site disposal facility, and the restoration of the Great Miami Aquifer to its full beneficial use. The major components of the remedy include: excavation of contaminated soil and sediment; excavation of contaminated soil containing perched water; placement of contaminated soil and sediment in an on-site disposal facility; extraction of contaminated groundwater; treatment of contaminated groundwater, storm water and waste water; application of institutional controls; and implementation of a long-term environmental monitoring program and maintenance program.
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