WCS’ Byproduct Facility is located within a 16-acre landfill with an engineered liner, associated support structures on the surface and a buffer zone. The total disposal capacity of the facility is approximately 1 million cubic yards.
Disposal operations at the Byproduct Facility occur completely below a thick layer of red-bed clay. This red-bed clay is a laterally extensive (tens of hundreds of miles) and very thick (>1000 feet) massive clay and sandstone/siltstone formation.
The existing disposal in the Byproduct Facility was shipped from the Fernald cleanup efforts outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. The cleanup efforts, considered a successful reclamation project by the federal government, has helped return a previous Cold War-era nuclear arms facility into a wildlife and nature preserve for centuries to come. Most of the materials stored at WCS from the site include uranium metal products left over from the Cold War nuclear activity.
To find out more about the Fernald cleanup effort and how WCS was a part of the solution, click here.