Toxic Avenger

Home to an aging stockpile of nuclear waste, the Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina, USA, needed a major cleanup job. This article examines how the PMI Project of the Year Finalist Savannah River Site project reduced contamination levels and remediated radioactive waste in a nuclear-facility site while bolstering the regional economy. It details why the facility was built in the early 1950s to produce one-third of the United States' weapons-grade plutonium and all of it tritium. In addition, it notes how the facility generated transuranic, or plutonium-contaminated, waste that was stored on-site, resulting in the possibility of contaminating the soil and groundwater. It describes how the project team worked with stakeholders to negotiate what it means to declare the site no longer under regulatory oversight. The article then lists the project goals: (1) remediate and dispose of 5,0000 cubic meters (176,573 cubic feet) of the transuranic waste, and (2) reduce the contaminated footprint of the entir
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