Materials and Energy Corporation (M&EC)
Perma-Fix’s largest treatment facility, the Materials and Energy Corporation
(M&EC), is located at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The Perma-Fix M&EC facility has the capability to treat the largest variety of Mixed
Low-Level Waste (MLLW) in the U.S. In this facility, we operate numerous treatment
trains including thermal desorption, stabilization, in tank aqueous treatment, mercury
amalgamation, retort, macroencapsulation, deactivation and lab pack de-packing.
The M&EC facility is certified for Low-Level and Mixed Low-Level Waste disposal
at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). This certification allows Perma-Fix
to receive, treat, and dispose of DOE site wastes that meet Land Disposal Restrictions
and the NNSS Radioactive Waste Acceptance Program (RWAP) under our program.
The M&EC Center Bay operations houses seven permitted storage units with
a combined capacity of nearly 750,000 gallons and over thirty permitted tanks and
miscellaneous treatment units capable of managing a wide array of waste matrices.
There are three main processing enclosures, which are maintained under negative air
pressure with HEPA filters for radioactive contamination control.
The M&EC South Bay facility operates under Atomic Energy Act (AEA) authority
and a RCRA Part B permit issued by the State of Tennessee. One portion of the facility
consists of an approximately 9,000 ft. Vault Type Room (VTR) Complex that has a
DOE authorization to receive, store and process classified materials with a Facility
Clearance Classification Level of SRD and a Special Nuclear Material Category
IV / Attractiveness Level D.
Under AEA authority, the South Bay facility is operated in accordance with
a Safety Basis as a “Radiological Facility” that restricts the sum of fractions
total radiological inventory for the facility so that each radionuclide does not
exceed 1 respective to their DOE Category 3 Threshold Quantity (TQ) limits. The
facility may contain a fissionable material inventory in excess of 700,000 g U-235
Fissionable Equivalent Mass (FEM) with per container limitations. The South Bay
VTR Complex processing area is divided into six rooms for processing waste. Each
room is designated for specified treatments. The facility has “Q” cleared personnel
to perform the receipt, storage and processing of both classified materials and
special nuclear materials with an attractiveness level that requires both physical
and human security as well as an actively managed Materials Balance Area.
Materials & Energy Corporation
East Tennessee Technology Park
2010 Hwy 58, Bldg K-1005
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Phone: (865) 574-0149
Fax: (865) 574-0200
Note for visitors: M&EC is
located within the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), which is
a controlled access facility. Visitors must be registered with
security in order to enter the park. Full name, DOB, SSN and
country of citizenship are required for access. M&EC will make
all necessary arrangements, however we do request that you provide
us at least 48 hours notice for a site visit.