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        At the end of the line


        SRS sells special purpose railroad cars to environmental cleanup company


        D     OE has sold 52 SRS railroad gondola cars for $350,000 to

              EnergySolutions, an international nuclear services company
        based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
        “This is a good example of proper stewardship and cost-effective use
        of government resources identified as surplus,” said Clarence Ruff,
        DOE-Savannah River Traffic Management Specialist. “These gondola
        cars served an important purpose and have an estimated 20-plus
        years of service life remaining. Since a need for them no longer exists
        at SRS, reutilizing them with a company specializing in environmental
        restoration makes for a practical business solution.”
        Ruff noted that EnergySolutions has the expertise and resources to
        safely and properly dispose of the cars upon reaching the end of their
        useful service life, a significant cost avoidance for DOE.
        “During the $1.6 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act   “These gondola cars served an important purpose
        (ARRA) environmental cleanup project at SRS, beginning in 2009 and   and have an estimated 20-plus years of service life remaining.
        ending in 2011, transporting contaminated materials such as debris   Since a need for them no longer exists at SRS, reutilizing them
        from more than 100 decommission and demolition projects required   with a company specializing in environmental restoration
        transporting massive amounts of debris and other contaminated      makes for a practical business solution.”
        materials,” said Ruff. “These gondola cars were located at the now           Clarence Ruff
        closed Fernald DOE site and transferred to SRS for this purpose.”
        SRNS employee and Contract Technical Monitor Terry Schallick has
        been with the subcontracted team of workers tasked to ensure the   gondola cars meet all Department of Transportation standards and
                                                                 regulations prior to being transported via rail to Utah.
                                                                 “Though the overall condition of the cars is good, a variety of labelling
                                                                 had to be applied, repairs made and upgrades installed to railcar
                                                                 systems, such as attaching electronic ID tags, new air hoses and
                                                                 ratchet straps to secure the railcar lids,” explained Schallick. “The
                                                                 workers have been up to the task, and the SRNS Rail Crew provided
                                                                 outstanding support, as well. This project required multiple railcar
                                                                 movements, during which the crew was always courteous, responsive
                                                                 and professional, ensuring safety was their highest priority.”

                                                                 The last of the newly refurbished cars will soon leave SRS to be
                                                                 transported to the EnergySolutions facility in Clive, Utah to continue
                                                                 their useful role in cleaning up contaminated sites throughout the
                                                                 United States.
                                                                 “Participating in a partnership of multiple organizations to safely
                                                                 and successfully accomplish such a highly valued project has been
        The specially constructed boxcars have transported low-level, radioactively contaminated   rewarding,” said Schallick.
        materials for decades, first at a uranium processing plant near Cincinnati, Ohio, and
        then at the Savannah River Site.
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