FLEMING COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - On Monday, leaders announced the final step toward permanently closing off a radioactive waste site in northeastern Kentucky .
Maxey Flats Disposal Site is located on the southern border of Fleming County, approximately nine miles northwest of the city of Morehead. Radioactive waste was dumped there decades ago, and then, not properly maintained
In the three decades since the state purchased the site, Governor Steve Beshear says they've worked closely with the federal environmental protection agency to ensure its proper closure.
The governor and several other officials joined together Monday to mark the groundbreaking of the final cap. It includes fives geosynthetic layers encompassing the 55-acre waste site. Those layers will eventually be covered by about 860,000 tons of dirt.
"We worked very hard to get to this point and this is the final step. Folks here can stop worrying and feel safe and quit worrying about Maxey Flats," said Gov. Beshear.
The final cap is set to be completed by fall of 2016. Soon after completion of that stage, the state will enter into a 100 year monitoring period of the site.
The cost project is $35.2M, about half of that was approved in Governor Beshear's 2012 budget plan. $17M was approved by the General Assembly. He says the rest will come from a trust fund created for the project.