Between 1949 and 1958, the Luckey Site was operated as a beryllium production facility by the Brush Beryllium Company (later Brush Wellman) under contract to the Atomic Energy Commission. In 1951, the site received approximately 1,000 tons of radioactively contaminated scrap steel, to be used in proposed magnesium production at the site. The Luckey Site was designated a Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) site in 1992 due to extensive surface contamination from beryllium.
Most recently, the Corps of Engineers contractor began excavating soils contaminated with beryllium, lead, radium-226, thorium-230, uranium-234, and uranium-238 from the Luckey Site in 2018. Excavated soils are being shipped off-site for disposal at a licensed/permitted disposal facility. The Corps of Engineers’ priority during the Luckey Site cleanup is the protection of human health and the environment and the safety of our workers and the community.
The latest progress for the Luckey Site soil cleanup is provided in the infographic at the link below. The infographic contains information regarding the total volume of soils excavated, tons of waste disposed, number of waste shipments, volume of collected site water treated, and the percentage of completion for the site and each phase of the project.
The Corps is authorized to remove on-site buildings in order to access FUSRAP-related contamination beneath. Based on the available data and contamination modeling, the Corps of Engineers concluded that FUSRAP contamination extends beneath the largest on-site building, the production building. During 2019 the Corps initiated the necessary legal process to enable removal of the privately-owned building. Sampling will be performed beneath the remaining site buildings to determine whether they will need to be removed or can remain on-site.