DOE “gets the lead out” at Piketon

You may not have known this, but a firing range has existed at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon for a quarter of a century, but now it’s gone. Workers have removed the facility to make way for a new disposal site as part of decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project.

It was known as the X-114A Outdoor Firing Range, which occupied more than seven acres isolated in a wooded area in the northeastern corner of the 3,700-acre reservation. It spanned the length of two football fields end to end, and served as a training range for the site’s protective force personnel.

Since most of the facility was outdoors, one might assume there was not a lot to remove, but a firing range that has been operational for 25 years includes a lot of lead projectiles. To get that lead out, crews used special sifting equipment to separate and remove old bullets. The soil was then treated and stabilized to remove residual lead.

In May 2016, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency granted approval for deactivation and demolition work to begin. Demolition activities included removing a small block and metal building, footers, foundation, fencing, six overhead metal baffles, corrugated drain pipe and concrete sidewalks. Sixteen roll-off containers of scrap metal were transferred to the local community reuse organization, Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI), for recycling. Ninety-four truckloads of other clean demolition debris were transferred to a local sanitation company for off-site disposal.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which operates the Portsmouth site, announced Monday that C2G International, LLC located in Peachtree, Georgia has been awarded a contract with a not-to-exceed amount of $2.3 million to assist DOE in evaluating and resolving contract claims, review previously submitted Requests for Equitable Adjustments and Proposals, assist with the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process and assist with drafting Expert reports to cover critical path delays and construction in support of the DOE Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) field office. The contract includes a one-year base period of performance with two one-year option periods.

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