Superfund Site Profile
The U.S. DOE Feed Materials Production Center is located, twenty miles northwest of Cincinnati in the town of Fernald, Ohio. The 1050 acre facility operated from 1951 to 1989, producing high-purity uranium metals products for the U.S. defense program. Facility operations contaminated soil and groundwater with radionuclides, including uranium, thorium and radium. In 1991 U.S. DOE and U.S. EPA entered into a Consent Agreement requiring cleanup of the site under CERCLA. The site has been divided into five Operable Units of which the Records of Decision have been signed for all. There also have been many removal actions implemented at the site. This cleanup is a model of cooperation between U.S. DOE, U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA, the Fernald Citizen's Task Force, and other local stakeholders to reach consensus on cleanup and a future for the site. Groundwater treatment and monitoring are ongoing.