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April 24, 2014
DOE Issues WIPP Radiological Release Investigation Report

Today, the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) released the initial accident investigation report related to the Feb. 14 radiological release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico.

March 27, 2014
DOE Awards Small Business Contract for Support to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Cincinnati - The Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded a task order to Southwestern Public Service Company, of Amarillo, TX to supply on a daily basis the required quantity of electric energy required for the customer’s operation at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) facilities pursuant to the terms of the areawide contract.

March 14, 2014
DOE Finalizes WIPP Fire Investigation Report

Washington, DC – Today, the Office of Environmental Management (EM) released the accident investigation report for the underground mine fire involving a salt haul truck at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico.

March 12, 2014
Empty containers on haul trucks are being loaded with mill tailings.
Moab Project Safely Logs 2 Million Work Hours

(Grand Junction, CO) ― The number 1,584 may not mean much to most people, but for the workers on the U.S. Department of Energy Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project, it represents the number of days without a work-related, lost-time injury or illness, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. That’s more than 4 years, from November 2009 through February 2014. In those 4-plus years, employees have safely logged more than 2 million work hours.

February 28, 2014
DOE issues Finding of No Significant Impact for the Environmental Assessment on Resumption of Transient Testing of Nuclear Fuels and Materials at Idaho National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has determined that resuming transient testing of nuclear fuels and materials at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will not have a significant impact on the environment and is an important tool for advancing safe, economical, low carbon nuclear energy.

February 28, 2014
DOE Issues Draft RFP for Hanford Site Lab Services

Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Draft Request for Proposal (RFP), 100 percent set-aside for small businesses, for the operation and performance of analytical and testing services at the DOE Hanford 222-S Lab.

February 27, 2014
Registration Starts Soon for Hanford’s Two Annual Public Tour Programs - Visitors Can Register for Tours Focused on Cleanup or History

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will open online registration for both of its public tour programs in early March. The Hanford Site public tours focus on environmental cleanup while the B Reactor tours focus on Hanford’s role in the top secret Manhattan Project during World War II.

February 14, 2014
1,153-ton Waste Vault Removed from 300 Area - Vault held waste tanks with contamination from Hanford’s former laboratory facilities

Today, the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Richland Operations Office announced the removal of a massive concrete vault that once held two 15,000-gallon stainless steel tanks used to collect highly contaminated waste from Hanford’s 300 Area laboratories as part of the River Corridor Closure project.

February 12, 2014
DOE Awards Task Order for Disposal of Los Alamos National Lab Waste

The Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded a task order in support of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Legacy Waste Project to Waste Control Specialists (WCS) of Andrews, Texas under the Environmental Management (EM) Low-Level and Mixed Low-Level Waste Disposal Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) Master Contract.