The Shpack Landfill is located about 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of
ALSO KNOWN AS: Metal and Controls Nuclear Corp.
TIME PERIOD: 1960-1965; Residual Radiation 1966-July 2006
FACILITY DESCRIPTION: DOE Office of Health, Safety and Security Website:
The Shpack Landfill began operating as a private landfill in the early 1960s and received both industrial and domestic wastes. The landfill was closed in 1965 under court order. In 1978, a concerned citizen who had detected elevated radiation levels at the site contacted the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Commission investigated the site and confirmed the presence of radioactivity in excess of natural background levels for the area. Exactly when these contaminants were deposited at the site is not known. However, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission determined that the
Residues and waste containing uranium (enriched to > 90%), thorium, and radium have been detected in the soil and groundwater of the site. Radiological surveys taken in the late 1970s revealed extensive contamination at the landfill.
The site was turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers in 1997. The US EPA Waste Site Cleanup website projects the cleanup to be completed in 2009.
The sources of information used in this evaluation included:
--DOE Office of Health, Safety and Security Website
--USEPA Waste Site Cleanup and Reuse in
Documentation reviewed indicates that there is a potential for significant residual contamination outside of the period in which weapons-related production occurred.
PERIOD OF POTENTIAL RESIDUAL CONTAMINATION