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Nov 7

EMDF Public Meeting

November 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This meeting was scheduled for Thursday, October 18th. It is now on November 7.
Y-12 New Hope Center Auditorium
602 Scarboro Road
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

You have the chance to comment on the Proposed Plan for providing additional onsite disposal capacity for waste generated from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) cleanup at the Oak Ridge Reservation. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting a public meeting about this topic on November 7, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to share information about the Proposed Plan and hear your views about the plans for this onsite disposal facility. DOE has carefully studied the site, and it believes the following actions are the best approach to complete cleanup in Oak Ridge.

  • A 2.2 million cubic yard engineered facility (the Environmental Management Disposal Facility) will be constructed at a site centrally located in Bear Creek Valley on federally-owned land. Key facility elements include a clean‑fill dike to laterally contain the waste, a multilayer base liner system with a double leachate collection/detection system and underlying geologic buffer zone to isolate the waste from groundwater, and a multilayer cover installed over a stable base-contouring layer to reduce infiltration and isolate the waste from people and the environment. Other infrastructure will also be constructed to support the facility, such as a landfill wastewater treatment system (stormwater that comes in contact with contaminants and leachate generated during the operation of the landfill) that will be used, as needed, to achieve regulatory discharge limits.
  • Several waste types will be excluded from disposal at the proposed Environmental Management Disposal Facility because they do not meet the anticipated acceptance criteria, including free flowing mercury, transuranic waste, liquid waste, and hazardous waste that does not meet land disposal restrictions. The facility will accept soil, sediment, and demolition debris. The majority of the waste (just over two thirds) is anticipated to be debris.  Wastes are anticipated to contain radionuclides and common industrial chemicals. The projected hazardous contaminant inventory includes metals such as mercury, barium, beryllium, chromium, lead, manganese, and uranium.

Public Comment Period:
The public comment period for this document has been extended until December 10. DOE will accept written comments on the Proposed Plan at any time during the public comment period.  You can also provide comments at our public hearing on Oct. 18. There will be comment cards at all of the meetings. You can also pass along your comments via email at Additionally, you can mail comment to Mr. John Michael Japp at P.O. Box 2001, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.

Getting a copy of the EMDF Proposed Plan:
Copies of the EMDF Proposed Plan are available at the DOE Information Center. It is also available online at


November 7, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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New Hope Center
602 Scarboro Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830 United States
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