The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), along with partners at the federal, municipal, and community level and in the private sector, is pleased to announce the completion of more than a year of final remediation activities at the former United Nuclear Corporation in New Haven.
The site was used by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct research and make nuclear fuel components for the U.S. Navy from the mid-1950s until 1974, playing a key role during the Cold War. Environmental cleanup was conducted at the time the facility closed, but the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reviewed the cleanup in recent years and determined that additional cleanup was needed.
The completion of remediation work at the site serves as an excellent example of diverse stakeholders working together for a common purpose. DEEP and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, DOE, NRC, General Electric, the City of New Haven, community organizers, and the current site owner all played key roles in this accomplishment.
“This project represents what we’re all about…protecting the environment, and protecting the people who live in that environment,” says DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. “The Lamont Administration is committed to equity, to ensure that all communities get the same quality of cleanup and environmental remediation..”
See this video documenting the site’s history and the final remediation work.