U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fernald Site

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The Fernald Preserve is a former nuclear production facility located in a rural, residential area 18 miles northwest of Cincinnati, Ohio. The site has gone by many names over the years, including Feed Materials Production Center, Fernald Environmental Management Project, and Fernald Closure Project, but is most often referred to as Fernald.

Production stopped in July 1989 to focus resources on environmental restoration. Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA oversaw cleanup activities at the site. All remediation, with the exception of on-going ground water pumping was completed in 2006.

Restoration returned natural plant and animal communities to the site. The Fernald Preserve is now a green space park with wetlands, ponds, prairies and upland forest areas created based upon original land surveys and post excavation topographies.