1978-06-16 – NRC Memorandum – Removal of Contaminated Soil from Latty Avenue to Weldon Spring

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MEMORANDUM FOR:
THRU:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
JUN 1 6 1978
Chairman Hendrie
Cofonlssloner
Commissioner Kennedy
Coranissioner Bradford
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Lee V. Gossick, Executive Director
Clifford V. Smith. Jr., Director
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
REMOVAL OF CONTAMINATED SOIL FROM HAZELWOOD TO WELDON
SPRING, MISSOURI (REF: SECY -78-1 69)
The staff has been 1n contact with the DOE staff at Geraantown,
Maryland,-who has the responsibility for answering your letter to
Mr. O’Leary dated April 24, 1978. In this letter, we reconcended
that the contaminated soil be moved to the Wei don Spring raffinate
pit area in orcier that the property on Latty Avenue can be
decontaminated and released for unrestricted use. The staff’s conversations
with the DOE staff indicate that DOE is contemplating a
neoative response to our suggested use of Heldon Spring and 1s
preparing a memorandum suggesting that the material be consoldated
on site until a permanent low»level waste burial ground is picked,
which could be years from now.
In the discussion of remedial action alternatives, which was enclosed
in your April 24 letter to Mr. O’Leary, the staff rejected on-s1te
storage because the contaminated material would not be removed to an
isolated area, the material would have to be moved at a later date
(this would mean moving the material twice 1n a densely populated area),
and finally the site could not be released for unrestricted use.
Nothing has happened since that letter to change the staff’s position
that movement of the material to the Wei don Spring pit area 1s the
best solution because the site is remote, it is controlled to provide
restricted access, it is owned by the Federal Government, and last but
far from least, it is already contaminated, and the residues from Latty
Avenue would be only a rainiscule increase in the volume of contaminated
soil and rubble presently existing at Weldon Spring.
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If DOE insists on their Indicated course of action, 1t could significantly
delay the cleanup of the site because of the complex negotiations
required with the former licensee, Cotter Corporation. The Cotter
Corporation has Indicated that they might be willing to pay for the
movement of the material to a nearby site, but they would resist having
to move it twice or move it a long distance. We view our proposed
solution as the raost reasonable of the available alternatives which
is both technically sound and would also release Mr. Jarboe of a
predicament that was not of his making and 1s currently costing Ma
an estimated $60,OOC/year in cash and an Indeterminate amount 1n lost
business because of the delay in building his chemical plant.
I therefore recorwend that Mr. O’Leary be contacted by phone to
reitterate the need to solve this problem as rapidly as possible
and that disposal to a site other than Wei don Spring would only
cause additional delays.
Clifford V. Smith, Jr., Director
Office of Muclear Material
Safety and Safeguards
6/15/78
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If DOE 1nst«ts on their indicated course of action. 1t could significantly
delay the cleanup of the site because of the complex negotiations
required with\he former licensee, Cotter Corporation, The Cotter
Corporation has\1nd1cated that they might be willing to pay for the
movement of the Arterial to a nearby site, but they would resist having
to move 1t twice 6r move 1t a long distance. Since our legal hold on
Cotter Corporation Ms tenuous, the litigation posslblltles could keep
a staff of lawyers ttasy for years and still not get Mr. Jartoe out of
a predicament that wa\not of his making and Is currently costing Mm
an estimated $60,000/year 1n cash and an Indeterminate amount 1n lost
business because of the\elay 1n building his chemical plant.
I therefore recossnend thavtlr. O’Leary be contacted by phone to
reitterate the need to solve\th1s problem as rapidly as possible
and that disposal to a site other than k’eldon Spring would only
cause additional delays. \
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Cl\fford V. Smith, Jr., Director
Office of Wuclear Material
SaV>ety and Safeguards
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