Submitted Application for a 2019 CIP Project

I. Administrative Section 
1. Project Name: Beatty Low Level Radioactive Waste Site Protective Cap Construction
2. Project Description (One Sentence): Construction of a protective cap over the Beatty Low Level Radioactive Waste site in Beatty Nevada to prevent water intrusion that creates the opportunity for contaminant migration or exothermic events.
3a. Project Location: County: Nye
3b. Project Location: City: Other
4. Department (department requesting project): DHHS
5. Division (division requesting project): Public & Behavioral Health
6. Agency (agency requesting project): N/A
7. Agency contact person: Ross Armstrong
8. Contact phone: 775-687-7537
9. Contact email:
The Department ranking of this project:
10. The Department will rank their projects 1 through the lowest ranked project (e.g., If 5 projects were submitted by the Department a ranking of 1 would be assigned to the most important or most needed project and a ranking of 5 would be the least needed project). 38
11. Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? No
12. SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings)
13. Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended)
14. Is the property State Owned? Yes
15. If the facility is existing, is it State owned? Yes
II. Narrative Section 
16. Project Description: Design and construct an Evapotranspiration (ET)\geomembrane cover over the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Facility which would involve, grading, fill, and compaction in current subsidence areas, compaction of existing subgrade, installation of a few inches of an appropriate liner subgrade material (e.g. processed sand with no material larger than 0.5 inch on a side), installation of geomembrane Liner (made of high density polyethylene [HDPE], installation of an HDPE geonet, and then several feet of cover soil. Geomembrane panels would be fused together to provide continuous coverage over the landfill. The cap design will need to consider the requirements in 10 CFR Part 61 and the expected design life of 100 years.
17. Project Justification: The site continues to experience subsidence areas as the waste packaging in the trenches fail. When the exothermic event occurred in October 2015, it was discovered that the site contained chemicals in addition to radioactive material. The site cannot take any further substantial rain without affecting the health, safety and surety of Nevadans and its visitors. To ensure the health and safety, it is critical to secure the site by providing a permanent, long term cap for the waste site that will minimize all potential exposure pathways to the waste, inhibit migration of contaminants into the vadose zone and the underlying aquifer, inhibit transport of contaminants to the surface by plants and animals and reduce or eliminate percolation of meteoric water into the waste at the facility.
18. Project Background Information: The Site property is located on a 28-acre portion of a 480-acre property owned by the State of Nevada. The Site is located adjacent to a 40+ acre active commercial hazardous waste disposal facility operated by US Ecology of Nevada (USEN). Nuclear Engineering Company performed disposal operations of mixed waste and LLRW at the Site between 1962 and 1992. The Site operated under Radioactive Materials Licenses from the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission under Atomic Energy Act of 1952. In 1972, some of the regulatory oversight and management of the Site were transferred to the Nevada Radiation Control Program (RCP) from the AEC. The Site was closed on December 31, 1992 in accordance with a Site Stabilization and Closure plan approved by the RCP. The Site is currently managed by the Division of State Lands and licensed by the RCP under the provisions of NRS 459, which includes relevant portions of 10 CFR part 61. On October 18, 2015, infiltrating rainwater came into contact with metallic sodium waste in Trench 14 of the Site and caused an exothermic event. The event consisted of a deflagration (combustion that propagates through a gas or across the surface of an explosive at subsonic speeds) and a subsequent release of sodium hydroxide. A description of the incident and initial investigation into the immediate cause of the fire is presented in the December 30, 2015 report prepared by the Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS). The report can be found at In November 2015, RCP contracted with USEN to begin the interim repairs that included packing ejected material and 11 partial and complete barrels into over pack barrels (larger barrels used to contain damaged smaller barrels). The over pack barrels and contents were then placed back in to the Trench 14 deflagration crater, and the crater was filled with sand and fill dirt. An 80 ml high-density polyethylene (HDPE) liner was placed over the fill as a water barrier, and then additional soil was placed on top of the area to hold the liner in place and to allow for settlement over time. Riprap (a layer of stones, chunks of concrete or similar material) was placed on the adjacent embankment slope to prevent erosion. The Trench 14 area of subsidence was ripped using the rear forks of a grader to disturb the area, and the disturbed soil was manipulated to force filling of the cracks. Then soil was added to the natural level, a HDPE liner was placed as a water barrier and more soil added to mound the area for settlement. A sinkhole at Trench 20 was treated in the same manner as the subsidence at Trench 14. There were also cracks along Trench 21 that were ripped and graded, but no materials were added. Additionally, RCP contracted with USEN to collect materials released during the October 18, 2015 incident by scraping the areas where material was deposited on the soil surface. This material amounted to 275,000 pounds and consisted of soil mixed with sodium hydroxide and was disposed of in the hazardous waste facility. In January 2015, RCP contracted with USEN to repair two additional cracks and subsidence locations on Trench 7 and 22 by re-grading the area and adding soil material to the surface where rainwater was pooling. In June 2016, RCP contracted with USEN to provide an interim cap of approximately 165,000 pounds of soil compacted to 90% of ASTM D698 standards and finished surface grading.
19. Mechanical and/or Electrical Equipment Replacement Projects:
19a. Type of equipment to be replaced: None
19b. Year existing equipment was installed: n/a
19c. Manufacturer of existing equipment: n/a
19d. Model of existing equipment: n/a
19e. Are there any known hazardous materials?
Environmental Considerations
20a. Hazardous Materials (Asbestos, Lead Paint, etc.): Radioactive materials Metallic sodium Various chemicals
20b. Will the site require any hazardous material abatement? No
21. Ramifications if the Project is not Approved (short essay): The site will continue to experience failure of the waste packaging in the trenches, causing subsidence that will expose the waste materials to percolation of meteoric water. The site is a State responsibility to protect the public health and safety by ensuring appropriate site maintenance. The most protective and cost effective option it to design and construct a permanent cap providing protection for 100 years.
Health, Life Safety, and/or Legal Issues
22. Please describe any health, life safety, and/or legal issues that will be resolved by completing this project (Short Essay): Stabilizing the site will significantly reduce the probability of an exothermic event that would release radioactive material or chemicals. Since the site is the property of the State of Nevada, protection of public health and safety is in the best interest of the State.
23. Proposed Project Schedule Impacts/Issues
23a. Will this project require relocating personnel or vacating the building for any period of time? No
23b. Explain: N/A
23c. Has any design work been completed on the proposed project? Yes
23d. What is the latest date this project could be completed without disrupting your program? 8/1/2020
23e. What is the driving proposed completion date? Although there is no disruption to the program per se, reduction in the number of rainy seasons between now and cap completion is ideal.
III. Preliminary Construction Cost Estimate and Funding Sources Section 
Preliminary Construction Cost Estimate and Funding Sources (The SPWD will prepare all final cost estimates. This schedule is for preliminary purposes only.)
24. Land (if land must be purchased): 0
25. Offsite construction: 0
26. On-site Development:
27. Utility connection fees: 0
28. Water rights deeded: 0
29. Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment: 0
30. Specialty equipment: 0
31. Data and network equipment: 0
32. Telephone equipment costs: 0
33. Moving: 0
34. Renovation of vacated space: 0
35a. Correction of known deficiencies: 0
35b. (describe deficiencies) n/a
36a. Any known commitments: 0
36b. (describe commitments) n/a
37a. Known hazardous material abatement: 0
37b. (describe hazardous materials) Approximately 409 various types of radioactive materials and chemicals
38. Total project costs: 3500000
39. Proposed funding of total project cost: 1000000
39a. Agency: 1000000
39b. Federal 0
39c. State 2500000
39d. Other/Donor 0
39e. (describe source of 'Other/ Donor' funding): n/a
39f. Total:
40. Agency point of contact for outisde funding if 39a, 39b, or 39c funding sources are providing funds.
40a. Name Ross Armstrong
40b. Phone Number 775-687-7537
40c. Email Address
IV. Site Analysis Section 
Site Analysis (New construction only)
41. Estimated land area to be acquired (acres) 0
42. Will this project require new parking spaces? No
43. Are utilities available to site? No
44. Will project require relocation of existing utilities? No
45. Are there any required offsite improvements (or right-of-way dedications)? No
46. Is the site in a flood plain?
47. Is the site in an airport impact zone?
48. Does the site contain any underground storage tanks? Yes
49. Does the site contain any adverse soil conditions? Yes
50. Will the site require an environmental assessment? No
51. Will rezoning or a special use permit be required? No
52. Will any Utility connection fees need to be paid? No
53. Will any water rights need to be deeded? No
54. Will construction traffic degrade existing access or facilities? No
55. Will the site require any hazardous material abatement?
56a. Other site considerations affecting cost? (describe): No
56b. Describe Site Considerations:
V. Programming Section 
Programming (New construction, building remodels, and building additions only)
57. Has any architectural programming occurred?
(Programming is an architectural definition of the needs/problems that must be addressed by the project)
58. Has any advanced planning occurred in previous CIPs? No
59. Usable Square footage required (including storage space)
59a. New Construction SF: 1220000
59b. Remodel/Renovation SF:
59c. Addition SF
59d.Total project SF: 1220000
60. Occupancy type (Assembly, business, educational, factory/industrial, high hazard, institutional, mercantile, residential, storage, utility/miscellaneous) : Storage
61. Approximate number of staff to occupy facility: 0
62. Approximate number of visitors per day: 0
63. Will this project require funding for any furnishings, fixtures and equipment? No
64. For existing facilities, are there any known hazardous materials? (e.g., Asbestos, lead paint or underground storage tanks): Yes
65. How many years of future growth will this project accommodate? 100
66. List of required facilites (laboratory space, classroom space, office space, conference rooms, cafeterias, maintenance shops, garages) and any unusual related equipment required for your project: