The board of directors of the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee honored Roger Fenner, consultant to the director of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Judy Hardt, senior project manager for Science Applications International Corp., for their leadership and success in closing out some 1.2 million pounds of radioactive waste left after Impact Services LLC declared bankruptcy in May 2012, a press release said.
Fenner and Hardt led the team of professionals that successfully closed out a performance bond required by TDEC as part of a state radiological materials license held by Impact Services, a lessee of CROET at East Tennessee Technology Park (the former K-25 site), at the time of bankruptcy. TDEC contracted SAIC to return to the waste generators and clean up the waste, the press release said.
“CROET would have been held responsible for the waste if the $1.2 million bond was not sufficient for its disposal,” said CROET Board Chairman Bill Arant. “Mr. Fenner’s and Ms. Hardt’s expertise and leadership were critical to successful closeout of the bond and the removal of a significant contingent liability to our organization.”
During a tour in June, officials said the cleanup was expected to end June 28.
CROET’s subsidiary, Heritage Center LLC, is responsible for the reuse, redevelopment, and management of the former U.S. Department of Energy brownfield property in Roane County.