Portage, as the majority partner in the Accelerated Remediation Company (aRc), is performing an environmental remediation task under the current U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) small business prime contract for the Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) Land Areas Remediation Project at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL), Niskayuna, NY. The project includes excavation and offsite disposal of wastes consistent with cleanup criteria, remediating the area to allow for industrial reuse. The land areas include various site contractor–controlled solid waste management units, a lower level rail bed, a lower level parking lot, and an extensive North Field Area. This $32 million project has been ongoing since 2007.
The SPRU was operated from 1950 to 1953 as a pilot plant to research chemical processes to extract uranium and plutonium from irradiated uranium. These operations contaminated the SPRU facilities and environmental media, resulting in the need to remediate the site. The aRc land areas are owned by the DOE and are currently maintained by SPRU Project contractors. The aRc land areas cover approximately 30 acres, of which about 6.5 acres were contaminated chemically and/or radiologically from past operations and required environmental cleanup.
The project has involved removal of about 18,000 loose cubic yards of radiologically and chemically contaminated low-level waste (soil and debris) and shipment of the waste by railcar to a disposal facility in Utah. Excavation, backfilling, paving, hydroseeding, and other site-restoration activities are now complete.
Portage has performed program and project and construction management, subcontract administration, construction engineering, on-site coordination, contract change negotiation and proposal evaluations, request for equitable adjustment (REA) preparation and negotiation, plan and procedure development, government property management, engineering drawing preparation, stormwater pollution prevention planning/implementation, Environmental, Safety, Health and Quality Assurance, heavy equipment/ rolling-stock operations, soil and groundwater remediation, regulatory compliance, packaging, loadout, transportation, and disposition waste management services. Prior to performing any soil remediation activities in the aRc land areas, extensive technical writing was required to develop numerous plans and regulatory interface documents to support the scope of work. Portage has been extensively involved in interfaces with DOE, onsite operating contractor, Naval Reactors Program, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on the project.