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09/11/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/11/2020 11:28

Information Session to Discuss Waste Acceptance Criteria Implementation Plan at Former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

9/11/20
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Anthony Chenault
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Ohio EPA will hold a virtual information session to provide an overview of the Waste Acceptance Criteria Implementation Plan (WACIP) for the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

During the information session, which will begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, the Agency will give a short presentation on the implementation plan and respond to questions regarding Ohio EPA's evaluation of the WACIP. Participants must pre-register for the information session online.

While Ohio EPA oversees some environmental-related work at this site, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is the lead agency at the former plant. DOE submitted a draft WACIP to Ohio EPA in 2018 and submitted a revised WACIP in April 2020. The WACIP lays out the framework for how Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) requirements will be implemented to ensure that only materials that have previously been approved as part of the WAC are allowed to be placed in the on-site waste disposal facility. Ohio Department of Health has reviewed the radiological components of the WACIP. The implementation plan establishes the roles and responsibilities of the Waste Acceptance Organization. As demolition and excavation projects move forward, DOE will develop project-specific WAC compliance plans based on types of waste and how that waste was generated.

Anyone may request to be on the mailing list for information by emailing [email protected] with the subject line: WACIP. This document is not appealable to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.