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December 24, 2013
Idaho’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project Details 2013 Accomplishments

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM and its contractor, Idaho Treatment Group (ITG), safely and compliantly met all of their production and shipping targets in the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the Idaho site in 2013.

December 24, 2013
Workers gather behind a “Safety and Security begins with Me” banner at the Savannah River Site.
Savannah River Site Achieves Transuranic Waste Disposition Goal in 2013

AIKEN, S.C. – EM and the Savannah River Site (SRS) management and operations contractor worked efficiently, effectively and creatively in 2013 to complete the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) goal to prepare 5,000 cubic meters of legacy transuranic (TRU) waste for shipment and disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

December 24, 2013
Since WIPP became operational in March 1999, it has surpassed receiving 11,000 shipments, which traveled over 14 million safe loaded miles over the nation’s highways through WIPP’s transportation program — equal to about 29 trips around the moon. WIPP has permanently disposed of more than 89,000 cubic meters of TRU waste — enough to fill more than 35 Olympic-size swimming pools. In 2013, WIPP is on course in support of the Los Alamos National Laboratory framework agreement with the State of New Mexico for complete removal of the above ground TRU waste stored at Area G by June 30, 2014. WIPP has cleaned 22 sites of legacy TRU waste.
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, National Transuranic Program Have Banner Year in 2013

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), America’s only operating deep geologic repository for the permanent disposal of defense-related transuranic (TRU) waste, and the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) National TRU Program continued to be in the global spotlight with significant accomplishments throughout 2013.

December 24, 2013
Workers have removed more than 25 percent of the process gas equipment from the X-326 facility since starting that work in 2012. This past year they removed 54 of 200 cells. Once the equipment is removed, the 30-acre building will be ready for demolition.
Portsmouth Site Closes a Busy Year with Several D&D Project Completions

PIKETON, Ohio – Decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of several Cold War uranium enrichment facilities capped a busy year for the EM program at the Portsmouth site. The 3,700-acre reservation includes more than 400 buildings and systems that will be part of cleanup operations to ensure the site is ready for future use.

December 24, 2013
The West Valley Demonstration Project’s high-level waste canisters will be relocated to interim onsite storage.
West Valley Demonstration Project Prepares to Relocate High-Level Waste

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – With completion of the recently constructed interim storage pad at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP), EM crews have begun a multi-year effort to relocate high-level waste (HLW) canisters stored inside the Main Plant Process Building to prepare the facility for demolition.

December 24, 2013
A high-reach shear removes debris from the tallest structure of the C-340 complex at Paducah. Watch a video of this work here. The 120-foot-high Metals Plant was the tallest building at the Paducah site and encompassed about 1.5 million cubic feet, the volume of a football field roughly three stories tall. Demolition debris filled 28 rail cars and was shipped offsite for disposal.
Demolition, Groundwater Cleanup Highlight Paducah’s 2013 Accomplishments

PADUCAH, Ky. – Work to remove two aging, inactive structures and clean up a leading source of groundwater contamination marked the top 2013 accomplishments for the EM program at the Paducah site.

December 24, 2013
The "MaxCalix" solvent improves the process for removing Cesium-137 from radioactive waste solutions.
EM National Laboratory’s Solvent to Save an Estimated $1.35 Billion

AIKEN, S.C. – For the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), successful deployment is the ultimate validation of science and technology’s value to the EM program.

December 24, 2013
A haul truck carrying a container is loaded with mill tailings at the Moab site. Once loaded and lidded, the container will be placed on a railcar for shipment by train to the Crescent Junction disposal site.
Moab Reaches 40-Percent Mark in Tailings Removal

MOAB, Utah – The Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project had a productive year, despite continued budget constraints and a first-ever, three-month curtailment of shipping operations last winter.

December 24, 2013
A specialist with the Nevada National Security Site groundwater characterization team collects a groundwater sample at well PM-3 located on the Nevada Test and Training Range, which is Air Force controlled land surrounding the NNSS. Groundwater characterization activities address the impacts of historic nuclear testing on groundwater.
Nevada National Security Site Wraps Up 2013

LAS VEGAS – As 2013 activities come to a close, the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) reports several noteworthy accomplishments for the year.

December 24, 2013
Workers sample a well used to monitor groundwater at the Hanford site.
EM’s Richland Operations Office Celebrates Disposal Achievement in 2013

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM's Richland Operations Office's 2013 accomplishments ranged from cleaning up buildings and waste sites to treating a record amount of groundwater.