Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program

By U.S. ArmyOctober 30, 2017

Loading supersacks into a railcar at the FUSRAP site in Painesville, OH.
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In 1997, Congress directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct assessment, remedial action, and site closure activities for Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) sites in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding between the Corps and the Department of Energy (DOE). Through this program, the Corps addresses the environmental remediation or control of sites where the Manhattan Engineer District or Atomic Energy Commission activities were performed during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Upon completion of remedial action and site closure activities, these sites are transferred back to DOE. The DOE Office of Legacy Management retains responsibility for determining eligibility for site cleanups under FUSRAP and for long-term surveillance and maintenance activities. The waste generated at FUSRAP sites typically consists of low-level radioactive material such as uranium, thorium and/or radium, with some mixed waste.

The program currently includes 25 active sites in 10 states -- Connecticut, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Each FUSRAP site may include multiple operable units with multiple phases depending upon the work being done at each operable unit.

The main objectives of the Program are:

To minimize risk to human health and the environment;

To maximize the cubic yardage of contaminated material disposed;

To return the maximum number of affected individual properties to beneficial use; and

To have all remedies in place as quickly as possible within available funding.

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