Decontamination & Decommissioning

Veolia Nuclear Solutions – Federal Services (VNSFS) provides critical support to the Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) of several nuclear cleanup sites in the U.S

VNSFS currently supports D&D at the PORTS, Paducah, Hanford and Oak Ridge DOE sites in the following ways:

  • Critical subcontractor on the Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership team, which is responsible for the current 10-year Deactivation & Remediation contract at Paducah, Kentucky. Our role includes Lab support, Non-Destructive Assay technical support and engineering services.
  • Deactivation of gaseous diffusion, radiological and industrial facilities at PORTS (Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant) in Ohio to ready them for demolition, reuse and re-industrialization. VNSFS is currently performing a variety of site preparation work (roads, utilities, sedimentation ponds, cell construction, erosion control) for the On-site Waste Disposal Facility, which is expected to accept its first waste in late 2020.  We are also currently readying the X-326 Process Building for demolition by constructing a Water Detention System around it.
  • Operation of the 107-acre ERDF landfill at Hanford, Washington, DOE’s largest cleanup site. In addition to contaminated soils, debris and solid waste, ERDF receives other hazardous materials, such as mercury, asbestos, beryllium, chromium and lead, which can be treated onsite. VNSFS’ efforts over the past few years to safely package and dispose of large, contaminated items at the ERDF has resulted in significant savings for DOE.
  • Managing, treating, packaging and shipping TRU legacy waste from DOE’s Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennesse.
  • Being the first western company on the ground following the Fukushima disaster, where we deployed our Patented Ion Exchange system and processed more than100 million gallons of contaminated sea water and removed 10 million curies of Cesium. In addition, we continue to deploy personnel, technologies and robotic systems in support of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

VNSFS’ additional environmental remediation capabilities related to D&D include:

  • Soil and groundwater remediation
  • Lead contamination, heavy metals, and radioactive materials cleanup, including excavation, dredging, treatment, and disposal
  • Asbestos characterization and abatement
  • Natural resource, NEPA, Part B Permit, and associated regulatory documents.
  • Regulatory Document and Environmental Management Support.

VNSFS currently provides a Technical Team to develop Regulatory Decision making Documents (RCRA and CERCLA), including feasibility studies and remedial design documents, at PORTS.  As a direct result of our work performance, the prime contractor on this D&D project has received “exceptional” ratings for regulatory compliance and has met all major document milestones on schedule.

Veolia Nuclear Solutions – Federal Services is a critical subcontractor to the cleanup effort underway at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, which sits on approximately 3,500 acres in western Kentucky. Since 2017, VNSFS has been a key part of the Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership team, to which the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a 10-year contract to lead the Paducah Deactivation and Remediation (D&R).
Veolia Nuclear Solutions – Federal Services (VNSFS) is a key partner in DOE’s cleanup of the Hanford Site, where about 56 million gallons of waste, left over from the plutonium production, are stored in 177 underground tanks. The waste is a potential threat to human health and the environment, including the Columbia River.
Veolia Nuclear Solutions – Federal Services (VNSFS) has been at the center of operations of the TRU Waste Processing Center (TWPC) in Oak Ridge for more than a decade, as the prime contractor from 2009 through 2015 and now as the subcontractor managing operations and hot cell (waste sorting) activities.