As the licensee and asset owner, Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC (WEC) has performed the role of designing, managing and completing the decommissioning of the test reactor, several reactor support buildings and impacted soil areas at the Waltz Mill Site (WMS).
The most recent WEC project at the WMS included soil remediation at the location of a previous debris disposal. This involved radiological and chemical characterization, mechanical waste sorting, packaging, transportation logistics and environmental aspects such as air effluent permits, wildlife and waterways management.
The WMS site had been historically licensed and permitted as part of the test reactor installation that was decommissioned earlier. This specific project involved remediation of a 3.5 acre site that was characterized, visually inspected, excavated, segregated, sampled and the various materials dispositioned as waste, or as materials suitable for re-use as backfill.
As the licensee and asset owner, Westinghouse was able to transfer best practices from our operating business to a nuclear site remediation effort. This enabled the project to use the controls and management system that ensures critical milestones are met safely and to schedule.
To minimize material handling, screening using hand-held gamma radiation detectors, and onsite gamma spectroscopy were employed. These technologies served to identify noncompliant materials, and this information was then used to maximize planning and work flow efficiencies.
Working closely with the site environmental health and safety experts, the contractors also benefitted from the hands-on knowledge this group was able to provide.
Westinghouse was able to cost-effectively deliver a completed project by incorporating our industry leading nuclear project management procedures to achieve safe and on-time performance under budget. This enabled maximum contracted work efficiency and helped these parties align to cascading activity windows in the project schedule. Westinghouse worked closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, meeting or exceeding all reporting standards.
Westinghouse has performed integration management of remediation at multiple sites in the world including the United States of America, Spain and Bulgaria.
Site Remediation: Pollinator Field
Site Remediation: Screening
Site Remediation: Restoration