Airport Cleanup Site in St. Louis Reaches Milestone
Pittsburgh, PA— MHF Logistical Solutions Inc. (MHF-LS) — transportation, packaging and materials handling specialists well-known for its radiological clean-ups — indicated that it recently shipped its 5,000th gondola railcar of contaminated soil from a FUSRAP remediation site near the St. Louis Airport.
FUSRAP (“Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program”) is a national effort launched in 1974 by the Atomic Energy Commission, and now managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state authorities, to clean up contaminated sites around the country. There are currently 21 active FUSRAP locations.
MHF-LS is acting as a subcontractor to Shaw Environmental, Inc., a subsidiary of The Shaw Group Inc., which is managing the removal and disposal project at the St. Louis airport site, comprising 22 acres north of Lambert International Airport. Since 1998, when MHF-LS won the packaging and transportation portion of the project through competitive bidding, the company has shipped more than 750,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil. This year it expects to ship approximately 100,000 cubic yards.
MHF-LS is using high-capacity gondola railcars, outfitted with its innovative Super Load Wrappers, to transport the contaminated soil to a secure disposal facility in Idaho. The materials are transloaded onto trucks for the last portion of shipment.
“The St. Louis project is another example of how rail can play a vital role in moving radiological materials from clean-up sites,” said John Evanko, MHS-LS president, CEO and founder. “Through our many projects with Shaw, the Army Corps of Engineers and others involved in nuclear remediation, our company has taken the lead in creating new options for safe and economical shipments utilizing rail.”
Continued Evanko: “Rail, combined with the new packaging and lining systems we’ve developed, offers tremendous advantages to the nuclear industry, including enhanced safety and lower costs. Ultimately, that’s a win-win for everyone — especially taxpayers.”