Decommissioning Plan Timeline
With the early phases of the plan already underway, current timelines call for the entire decommissioning project to be completed towards the end of 2022 or early portion of 2023. Multiple phases of the project will run concurrently. As presented to the NJDEP, current work at the site includes:
Railroad Spur Installation
With final approval of ConRail, which was received in late September, Shieldalloy’s installation of the railroad spur on the property is complete. The spur, which connects to the existing ConRail tracks adjacent to the site, will allow the regular delivery of empty rail cars and the removal of rail cars filled with material for its disposal.
Status: In Progress
Projected Completion: Mid-Year 2021
These activities include waste excavation, packaging, off-site disposal of radioactive materials via rail, implementation of site restoration activities, confirmation of the removal of radioactive materials, and placement of institutional and engineering controls.
With the completion of the rail spur installation and final construction approvals by ConRail, removal of radioactive material from the site began on October 11, 2019. Ongoing activities on the site include:
- Daily removal of radioactive material from the site via gondola-style rail cars in compliance with the Decommissioning Plan approved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) in early 2017. Initial removal began on October 14, 2019.
- Final Decommissioning Work Plans have been submitted to the NJDEP for review and approval.
- Material slated for transportation and disposal continues to be staged for packing and for loading of rail cars.
The first rail cars leave the Newfield site loaded with material for disposal.