Project 17: Field Study and Peer Review for Determination of Holocene Displacement at the C-746-U Landfill
Dr. Edward W. Woolery, Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences University of Kentucky
Dr. Zhenming Wang, Seismologist and Section Head (Geological Hazards) Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky
Successful cost-effective completion of remedial actions planned for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant requires the disposition of significant quantities of remedial waste. At present, there is insufficient capacity at the C-746-U Landfill to accommodate projected remedial waste volumes. In order to create the capacity to accommodate the projected volumes of remedial waste at the PGDP, the DOE has been involved in the process of obtaining a permit that will allow for landfill expansion. Permitting to allow expansion of the landfill has been stalled until sufficient scientific evidence is presented to indicate that no displacement of material has occurred along faults identified at the landfill complex within the last 10,000 years (Holocene-aged displacement).
In order to determine whether displacement of Holocene-aged material has occurred at the C-746-U Landfill the KRCEE will obtain 80+ DPT cores from target zones associated with faults identified by previous seismic studies to the North and West of the landfill. Technical guidance for the project will be provided by a group of nationally recognized experts, organized specifically for their individual expertise related to this project. Conclusive evidence will be gathered to determine whether Holocene displacement has occurred in the immediate area of the landfill complex.
Following assessment of field data the principal investigators and expert project team will write a summary report that will be submitted for professional journal publication. An independent technical review team, comprised of additional national and international experts, will be employed to peer review and finalize project results.
1. To determine whether Holocene displacement has occurred along target zones associated with faults identified at the C-746-U landfill.
2. To provide an independent and peer reviewed report summarizing the results of the field investigation.
Task 1. Recruit project and Independent Technical Review (ITR) teams comprised of experienced national and international experts.
Task 2. Hire experienced and qualified contractor to obtain DPT cores.
Task 3. Hire experienced field management team to oversee all aspects of fieldwork.
Task 4. Complete project scoping.
Task 5. Conduct field activities.
Task 6. Convene project team to write preliminary project report.
Task 7. Submit and revise project report based on ITR review.
Task 8. Final report for journal publication.
14 – 16 weeks from official start of project activities.
Dr. Edward W. Woolery, Assisstant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
Dr. Zhenming Wang, Seismologist and Section Head (Geological Hazards), Kentucky Geological Survey
Dr. Martitia (Tish) Tuttle - Tuttle and Assoc. (formerly Univ of Maryland)
Dr. Roy Van Arsdale – University of Memphis
Mr. John Nelson (Illinois Geological Survey)
Dr. Bill Lettis, Dr. John Baldwin, Dr. Keith Kelsen (Lettis & Assoc. / Walnut Grove, Ca)
Dr. Dave Amick (SAIC-Augusta)
Mr. Marshall Davenport – Jacobs Engineering, Oak Ridge
Steve Hampson, Assistant Director, Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and Environment, University of Kentucky
KRCEE is a collaborative effort of Kentucky universities and is administered by the University of Kentucky.