The record of decision for the site, which was signed in 2021, outlines the selected remedies to address FUSRAP-related soil contamination at the Harshaw Site for OU-1 and OU-2. The selected remedy for OU-1 is Complete Excavation and Off-Site Disposal using industrial remediation goals based on an industrial reasonable future land use. The selected remedy for OU-2 is Complete Excavation and Off-Site Disposal using residential remediation goals based on a residential reasonable future land use.
These remedies involve complete excavation of FUSRAP-impacted soils exceeding their respective applicable or relevant and appropriate requirement-based remediation goals, transportation and off-site disposal of soils, confirmatory sampling, and site restoration. All private utilities encountered during the execution of the selected remedy for OU-1 will be decommissioned and sealed to prevent the migration of residual uranium in groundwater. Public utilities encountered in OU-1 will be left in place and backfilled with amended material to minimize the migration of groundwater and uranium transport along the utility trenching. Both alternatives will be protective of human health and the environment, comply with applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements, are cost effective, and use permanent solutions and alternative treatment technologies or resource recovery technologies to the maximum extent practicable.
The next step for the Harshaw Site in the CERCLA process is remedial design/remedial action. In 2022 the Buffalo District will prepare a contract for the cleanup. If sufficient funds are available in the fiscal year 2022 funding bill, the Buffalo District will award the contract. A 2022 contract award would allow the cleanup to begin in 2023.
The record of decision and a fact sheet are available in their respective sections below. The record of decision and supporting documents are available in the administrative record for the site, which is available electronically in the Cuyahoga County Library, Brooklyn Branch, 4480 Ridge Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144, and at the Cleveland Public Library, 325 Superior Avenue, N.E., Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The administrative record is also available for review by appointment at the Buffalo District Office Library located at 1776 Niagara Street in Buffalo, New York.