By Frank Lewis
The Office of Environmental Management portion of the 2015 Department of Energy budget request has been broken down to more specific details.
In his Fiscal Year 2015 budget request, President Barack Obama has included $221.8 million for the continued cleanup at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) at Piketon. That request includes an increase of over $22 million from FY 2014, enacted to offset reduced revenues reflecting current uranium price and the expected quantities of uranium anticipated to be transferred in FY 2015 to the Department of Energy prime contractor.
In the full report, the FY 2015 Budget Request continues the progress made on the deactivation and decommissioning of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant and the safe operation of the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion facility.
The FY 2015 request includes $35,000,000 for the Portsmouth On-Site Waste Disposal Facility. The mission of the project is to construct an on-site landfill for the disposal of waste expected to be generated from the demolition of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant and associated facilities. The $35,000,000 requested for this project includes $28,539,000 - $1,423,000 for design activities; $27,116,000 for construction activities, and $6,461,000 for other project costs funded within Nuclear Facility D&D-Portsmouth.
The full budget request gives a description of the Portsmouth cleanup project:
“The Portsmouth Site will support the Department’s Strategic Plan to continue cleanup of radioactive and chemical waste resulting from the Manhattan Project and Cold War activities; including environmental cleanup, waste management depleted uranium conversion, deactivation and decommissioning and long-term stewardship. Portsmouth will operate the depleted uranium hexafluoride conversion facility. DOE anticipates depleted uranium hexafluoride conversion operations at Portsmouth to continue approximately twenty years. To complete cleanup, Portsmouth will maintain a safe, secure, and compliant posture; support full-scale deactivation and decommissioning of the Gaseous Diffusion Plant; dispose of all low-level and mixed low-level waste resulting from deactivation and decommissioning activities; dispose of all excess materials; and perform groundwater trichloroethylene source removal.”
Direct maintenance and repair at the Portsmouth Site is estimated to be $28,990,000 in FY 2015.
In addition, the site is included in a compliance agreement between the United States Environmental Protection Agency and DOE under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
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