The Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and Environment (KRCEE) has been created to support the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to complete the expeditious and economically viable environmental restoration of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP), the Western Kentucky Wildlife Management Area (WKWMA), and surrounding areas through:
The activities of the KRCEE are administered through the University of Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI). Annual workplans, deliverables, and associated project budgets are developed through consultation with DOE and address both short-term and long-term tasks to ensure relevancy to on-going remediation efforts.
Long-term and short-term project tasks are addressed through the development of problem-specific Project Teams made up of faculty and professional staff drawn from the University of Kentucky (both the main campus and the Paducah campus), the University of Louisville, and Murray State University. Project Team members are representative of applied academic disciplines related to the Project Team task.
Project Teams are directed by a project manager who coordinates the activities of the team with the KRCEE Director. Project managers are responsible for submission of semi-annual progress reports and deliverables designated to their Project Team. Project Team managers meet quarterly or as necessary with the KRCEE Director and DOE to report on project status and to review goals, objectives, and deliverables for the next quarter.
The KRCEE Director and Project Team managers are available, per DOE request, to discuss with DOE project status or findings. Such discussion occurs informally and/or at designated meetings associated with proposed or ongoing DOE remediation efforts. These discussions are documented to ensure each party's understanding of critical issues.
Long-term project tasks are identified through consultation with DOE. Funding for long-term project tasks is drawn from project-specific budget lines and dispensed on a quarterly basis upon incremental completion of project tasks.
Short-term project tasks are identified through consultation with DOE and are addressed in response to specific DOE requests. Short-term project tasks are accomplished by Project Teams to meet DOE timeframes. Coordination of short-term project tasks is the responsibility of a designated project manager. Funding for short-term project tasks is drawn from a designated budget line and dispensed on completion of short-term projects deliverables.
Long-term and short-term project tasks are formulated in support of DOE's efforts to prioritize and reduce risk to public health and ongoing environmental issues at the PGDP. Currently, issues and projects related to DOE's activities at the PGDP include the following: 1) Scrap metal removal and remediation of underling surface soils, 2) Surface water remediation and release control including sediment control and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) issues, 3) Groundwater remediation including groundwater modeling, proposed remediation technologies, and Alternate Concentration Limits (ACL), 4) Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Waste Disposal including CERCLA Cell and C-746-U landfill issues, 5) Burial Grounds including necessity and feasibility of remedial actions, 6) Site-wide soils and drainage ditches utilizing real-time characterization and remediation, 7) D&D including disposition of volumetrically contaminated metals, 8) Seismic issues, and 9) Risk assessment issues. Specific project tasks and objectives are developed to verify, validate, and/or supplement existing activities.
KRCEE is a collaborative effort of Kentucky universities and is administered by the University of Kentucky.