JAMESTOWN, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2012) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District welcomed Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, on her first visit to Wolf Creek Dam’s Foundation Remediation Project.
Beginning the tour at Wolf Creek’s Resident Engineer Office, 1st Lt. Allen Stansbury, project officer for the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project, briefed Burcham with a project overview. Stansbury also explained that work on the barrier wall remains on schedule and that work on the project’s final stage, called Critical Area One, is already underway.
“We are focusing in the critical area, which is again, the highest risk portion of the dam,” said Stansbury. “This is where we have most of the worst rock formations are underneath of it. We are paying very close attention to what’s going on and monitoring the risks,” said Stansbury.
Escorted to the construction platform by Bill DeBruyn, resident engineer at Wolf Creek Dam, he showed Burcham an up close view of operations.
“We have about 150 (barrier) piles left to put in,” said DeBruyn. “Once the piles are complete and we do our verification checks, then we will start incrementally raising the lake. However, none of that can start until the piles are completed.”
At Wolf Creek’s Hydroelectric Power Plant, David Chapman, senior power plant operator, met Burcham to show her around the largest power plant structure on the Cumberland River.
“Here at Wolf Creek Power Plant we have six generators and normal capacity is 45 mega watts per (unit),” said Chapman. “We’ve got two generators out of service right now, both five and six and also transformer bank three. We’re installing new generator breakers which we desperately needed.”
Burcham said it was a thrilling experience to touring the Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project and meeting the dedicated people involved.
“I understand there are about 170 people working every day, during the day, and another 80 at night working around the clock to get this job done as soon as possible,” said Burcham. “The public can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to protect them.”
Following the tour, Burcham met with Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5), in Somerset, Ky. before traveling to Nashville, Tenn. to continue her visit at Nashville District Headquarters and Cheatham Lock and Dam Project on Oct. 11.
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