Fluor Idaho consolidated the previous Idaho Cleanup Project and the Advance Mixed Waste Treatment Project contracts into a single, streamlined organization. Safety-driven production operations, strong program leadership and clearly defined goals will enable Fluor Idaho to meet and accelerate project milestones.
Fluor Idaho began cleanup efforts in June 2016, achieving a significant cleanup accomplishment by September 2016 that further protects the underlying Snake River Plain Aquifer, the primary drinking and irrigation water source for more than 300,000 Idahoans.
Workers recently satisfied a provision of a 2008 agreement among the DOE, state of Idaho and Environmental Protection Agency by packaging a total of 7,485 cubic meters of exhumed hazardous and radioactive waste. The waste was generated at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons production plant near Denver and was then buried in Idaho in the 1950s and 1960s.
To complete the 2008 agreement, just two of nine different areas within the 97-acre Subsurface Disposal Area are left to be exhumed. The waste exhumation project is targeting removal of the highest concentrations of solvents and transuranic radionuclides buried in the landfill. As of September 2016, Fluor Idaho crews are 56 percent complete on the eighth area, and expect to begin waste exhumation work on the ninth and final area in 2017.
Fluor Idaho, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fluor, leads a team that includes subcontractors CH2M and Waste Control Specialists, LLC, and Idaho-based small businesses North Wind Inc., and Portage, Inc.