Proposed Record of Decision Amendment released for Shallow Land Disposal Area

Published Jan. 5, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District has released a Notice of Availability and Proposed Record of Decision Amendment for the Shallow Land Disposal Area (SLDA) in Parks Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. 

The Proposed ROD Amendment document is available for public comment from January 5, 2014 until February 4, 2015 and may be viewed at

The Corps will host a public hearing to receive feedback from the community at 7 p.m. on January 27, 2015. The hearing will be held at the Parks Township Fire Hall, 1119 Dalmation Drive, Vandergrift, PA 15690.

The Proposed Record of Decision Amendment identifies any changes made to the original remedy in the 2007 ROD and the basis for those changes.  The Proposed Record of Decision Amendment’s remedy involves the excavation of radiologically contaminated soil and debris, off-site transportation, and disposal at an appropriate permitted/licensed disposal facility, and will comply with the selected applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements.  The Corps proposes to excavate and remove radioactive contaminated soil from the site and dispose of it in an appropriate permitted/licensed disposal facility outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  This alternative is considered to be the most protective in the long term because all the radioactive contaminated soils above the site cleanup standard will be permanently removed from the site.  

The remedy is the most protective of human health and the environment, and it complies with those requirements that are applicable, or relevant and appropriate.

The Proposed Record of Decision Amendment and its supporting documents are  available on-line at or in printed format at the Apollo Memorial Library at 219 North Pennsylvania Avenue in Apollo, Pennsylvania and at the Corps’ Pittsburgh District Office at 1000 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Administrative Record file for this project, which includes the Record of Decision plus all the documents that formed the basis for the selection of the cleanup remedy, is also available for review at the Apollo Library and the Corps’ Pittsburgh District Office.

The Corps is conducting this work under the authority of the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP).  The FUSRAP program was created to identify, investigate and take appropriate cleanup action at sites with low-level radioactive contamination from the nation’s early atomic energy program.  Cleanup of formerly utilized sites primarily involves contaminated soil and building debris.  The Corps of Engineers uses the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) process to investigate and remediate FUSRAP sites.

Dan Jones
Public Affairs Office 1000 Liberty Ave. 22nd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4186

Release no. NR 15-005