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Recovery Act Workers Complete Environmental Cleanup of Coal Ash Basin

The Savannah River Site (SRS) recently cleaned up a 17-acre basin containing coal ash residues from Cold War operations. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project was safely completed at a cost of $8.9 million, $2.9 million under budget.

The manmade earthen basin received ash from the former R Area Powerhouse operations, which ended in 1964. The first of five reactors constructed at SRS, the R Reactor produced nuclear materials for national defense.