United States Army Corps of Engineers
North Wind Services, LLC dba North Wind Group
- Erosion & Sediment Control Design and Inspection
- Stormwater BMP Design and Inspections
- Water Quality & Quantity Modeling
- LiDAR Surveys—Short- and Long-Range
- Topographic Surveys
- Volumetric Surveys
North Wind – Portage provides environmental services to federal, state, and local agencies and tribes, with projects ranging from small site assessments to largescale remediation. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) selected North Wind – Portage to remediate the Luckey site.
The remediation will take place under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP), which was established to identify, investigate, and clean up or control sites previously used by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The Luckey site has been identified as having materials contaminated with FUSRAP-related constituents of concern, including beryllium, lead, radium-226, thorium-230, uranium-234, and uranium-238.
North Wind – Portage was looking to engage a local consulting firm to help them manage the Water Management Plan on the site during the life of the remediation project. At this time, the remediation project is scheduled to take at least 10 years.
The Luckey site consists of approximately 40 acres with a large production building, a warehouse, two abandoned railroad spurs, and several smaller process and support buildings. The area surrounding the site to the west, north, and east is primarily residential farmland. From 1949 to the early 1960s, the Brush Beryllium Company, an AEC contractor, used the site for beryllium processing in support of national defense. The beryllium production activities brought different types of source media or potential contaminates to the site. Primary source media at the Luckey site included material delivered for processing or reprocessing: beryl ore, scrap beryllium, and radiologically contaminated scrap steel.
CEC is assisting North Wind – Portage and the USACE with managing stormwater on the Luckey site as it progresses through the initial stages of remediation. Due to the high levels of contamination, it is important that the stormwater be controlled on the site with very little discharge of only “clean” water. CEC began the process by revising the existing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) to reflect the current conditions on the site. This helped North Wind – Portage understand the need and location of different stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs). CEC then began to provide weekly and post-rain-event SWPPP inspections.
CEC is providing weekly excavation surveys in the exclusion zone to show the quantity of contaminated material excavated from the site, as required by the USACE. CEC also provided a pre-excavation survey using drones and LiDAR technology.
To date, North Wind – Portage and the USACE have been very pleased with CEC’s performance. North Wind – Portage has managed the stormwater on-site event through extreme rain events with minimal disruption to the project and no contaminated stormwater leaving the site.