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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership GRCC
Galveston County
by Brenda Barber, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Dear STURGIS Stakeholders,

As part of our ongoing communications with the community regarding the STURGIS decommissioning and dismantlement project, we wanted to provide a follow-up to our last update from before Hurricane Harvey's landfall.

Prior to Hurricane Harvey's landfall, the team implemented the project's Hurricane Plan.  Although this was a major hurricane, the STURGIS and our project site did not suffer any damage during the event. 

Crews were able to return to work last week and have resumed their efforts to decommission the STURGIS. We anticipate the decommissioning efforts to continue into 2018.  After all of the radioactive materials have been removed, the team will access the hull bottom tanks to complete the required surveys to allow the vessel to be released for shipbreaking.

As part of the Hurricane Plan we ceased the environmental monitoring to secure the site.  Environmental monitoring has been reestablished and will continue through the end of the decommissioning process.  Upon return to the site, there was no evidence of releases of radioactive material, lead, or increased radiation exposure from the STURGIS.  

We wish safety and strength to all those that are recovering from the impacts of this powerful storm.


Brenda M. Barber, P.E.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Baltimore District Project Manager Environmental and Munitions Design Center

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