With the help of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received the most transuranic waste shipments in a single year since waste operations began there in 1999.
The 1,194 shipments WIPP received for safe, permanent disposal in 2010 beats a previous record of 1,144 shipments in 2006.
EM has awarded about $2 billion – or one third of the $6 billion from the Recovery Act – to small businesses. The EM Recovery Act Program has far exceeded EM’s goal of awarding approximately 5 percent of funding to small businesses.
A study recently released shows the $1.6 billion the Savannah River Site (SRS) received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has had a positive economic impact on the adjacent five-county region.
The study's findings were presented at the University of South Carolina Aiken's (USC Aiken) Convocation Center. More than 75 people attended the meeting, where presenters commended the Recovery Act for accelerating Cold War cleanup at SRS and boosting employment and business in the local community.
The Hanford Site is looking greener these days after American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workers revegetated 166 acres across 12 waste sites, planting over 1,100 pounds of seeds and about 280,000 pounds of mulch.
The largest of the sites, known as the BC Control Area, is an approximately 13-square-mile area associated with a waste disposal system used during Hanford operations.
A Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) excavation crew working on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act cleanup project has uncovered the remnants of a 1940s military truck buried in a Manhattan Project landfill.
The truck was unearthed inside a sealed building where digging is taking place at Material Disposal Area B (MDA-B), the Lab's first hazardous and radioactive waste landfill. MDA-B was used from 1944 to 1948.
For the first time in history, workers at the Idaho site achieved success in the initial cleanup of potentially dangerous sodium in a decommissioned nuclear reactor using an innovative treatment process. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act invested $70 million in the project, which employs 130 workers.
DOE officials cheered the outcome and praised the team that designed and implemented the innovative sodium treatment for which the DOE has filed a provisional patent application.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workers in Oak Ridge are working safely and quickly to complete the demolition of Building K-33, a 1.4 million-square-foot former gaseous diffusion plant in the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP).
Diligent work from LATA-Sharp Remediation Services employees is creating remarkable results – a 1.4 percent reduction in the superstructure's footprint per day.
Sound management practices and safe, efficient work have led to cost savings and rapid progress in the Idaho site's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects. The efficiencies have freed up $12 million for additional Cold War cleanup.
That $12 million from the Recovery Act is being used to exhume targeted buried waste from a quarter-acre portion of a landfill called Pit 9 so it can be disposed permanently and safely.