Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation - DOE Oversight Division. Status Report to the Public - December 1999 Page: 54 of 72
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projected to generate $55 million from the recovery and recycle of metals, bring-
ing the price of the signed contract down to $238 million. The project will take
The work began in July 1998 at the K-33 building. DOE will remove radioac-
tive contaminants and stored waste and will recycle metals, including nickel. The
nickel is to be made suitable for commercial reuse, possible in the fabrication of
waste storage containers. About 18 percent of the cleanup in building K-33 has
been completed. More than 4 million pounds of metal has been removed for
recycling, and more than 10 million pounds of waste has been removed and sent
for disposal to Envirocare.
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Incinerator
This incinerator, located at ETTP, was designed to treat mixed waste and
PCBs. It is the only incinerator in the United States that can treat both PCBs and
RCRA-defined hazardous waste. The Division oversees the incinerator in a vari-
ety of ways: it conducts audits, observes tests, and reviews plans and data. It also
conducts independent monitoring that involves Division staff from the Air
Pollution, Water Pollution, Solid Waste and Radiological Monitoring Programs.
Neither the Division of DOE Oversight nor the regulatory divisions identified
technical operational deficiencies at the incinerator.
During the 1999 fiscal year, the Solid Waste Division conducted semi-annual
inspections of the TSCA Incinerator, and no permit violations were documented.
DOE has submitted an application for renewal of the TSCA Incinerator Part B
RCRA permit. The reapplication is still under review by the Solid Waste
Site Treatment Plan
As mandated by the Federal Facility Compliance Act, and implemented
through a Tennessee State Commissioner's Order, the Department of Energy and
the State establish compliance milestones for the treatment of specific quantities
of mixed waste on an annual basis. In fiscal year 1998, DOE failed to complete
treatment of the specified quantity of incinerable mixed waste. This resulted in a
$500,000 fine in fiscal year 1999 that has been, through negotiation, replaced by
a Supplemental Environmental Project. This will result in the proper disposal of
a legacy mixed waste at an estimated cost of $1,2000,000 to the Department of
Energy, but will be of benefit to Oak Ridge Operations and Tennesseeans.
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