WBIR.com, Knoxville, Tennessee, October 9 2006
The Department of Energy is considering an unusual way to clean up a contaminated pond at the former site of the K-25 uranium-enrichment plant in Oak Ridge.
The Energy Department is in the middle of a massive cleanup project at K-25, preparing it for private use. But before the site can be turned over to new owners, the pond, which contains polychlorinated biphenyls or PCB, must be cleaned.
The department traditionally uses what it calls the “muck-and-truck” approach — draining, dredging and filling a pond with dirt. The new approach will preserve the pond and rectify the aquatic habitat and wildlife.