Skip directly to content

Los Alamos Canyon Soil Cleanup Project Continues

on April 19, 2017 - 8:01am

EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze

EM-LA News:

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, are moving forward with the removal of contaminated soil along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon adjacent to the Los Alamos Townsite. The contaminated soil is primarily associated with legacy outfalls and surface disposal areas.

“Cleaning up the remnants of the Laboratory’s historical activities within and around the Los Alamos Townsite is important to our mission. We are committed to performing this work safely and efficiently,” EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze said.

These two contaminated sites along Los Alamos Canyon, are on DOE property and will be accessed through non-DOE property along the north rim of the canyon under approved access agreements. The total combined area to be cleaned up is less than one acre. The location and topography of the sites requires the temporary employment of a crane to enable the safe movement of equipment, personnel, and waste bags to and from otherwise inaccessible excavation sites.

The project is part of the ongoing Historical Properties Completion Campaign, one of the campaigns governed by the 2016 Compliance Order on Consent (Consent Order). Fieldwork is scheduled to begin in April and is expected to be complete by September. Cleanup work will be undertaken in collaboration with TerranearPMC, the contractor who completed successful DOE property cleanups on other nearby sites in the summer of 2016, and near the Smith’s Marketplace in the summer of 2015. The work will include all necessary and appropriate safety, security, and environmental protection measures. The excavated soil will be temporarily staged on DOE property pending final characterization results and will then be shipped off-site to a licensed facility for disposal.