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Environmental Cleanup

September 21, 2012
The 44-acre K-25 superstructure made significant historical contributions during its years of operation. | Photo credit Oak Ridge Office photographer Lynn Freeny.
Commemorating the Historical Contributions of the K-25 Site in Tennessee

A new project will turn the old K-25 site in Tennessee into a new industrial park for future economic development.

September 13, 2012
The 200 West Groundwater Treatment Facility is shown here after completion of construction this summer. | Photo courtesy of Zachary Carter with Mission Support Alliance (MSA) at Hanford.
The New Gold Standard: Environmental Management Introduces the First LEED Gold Industrial Facility

The building’s efficient design is expected to result in an energy cost savings of more than 70 percent over the life of the facility.

August 9, 2012
News Release: Energy Department and International Atomic Energy Agency to Host Remediation Workshop

Experts from more than 20 countries will gather to share information about remediation of former uranium production sites
The U.S. Department of Energy and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are hosting the International Workshop on Legacy Management and Regulatory Supervision of Uranium Legacy Sites from August 13 through 24.

July 16, 2012
An Inside Look at River Corridor

In the seventh chapter of The Handford Story, the Energy Department takes a look at the River Corridor -- a 50-mile stretch of the Columbia River that flows through the Hanford site in southeast Washington State. This video provides you with an insiders look at the cleanup of contaminated buildings and soil.

Watch the video above to get a look inside the Energy Department'senvironmental cleanup work.

 

June 13, 2012
Wall-E Is So Jealous Right Now: SRR Robots Help Clean Up SRS

Science fiction is now science fact as remote-controlled robots work on tank waste removal and inspection at Savannah River Site (SRS).

The mechanical helpers twist, roll and slide their way through hazardous areas that would be difficult for people to access without safety gear or superpowers.

Liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation (SRR) deploys mechanical helpers PackBot and Brokk 400 to protect employees from the risks of radiological waste.

April 19, 2012
Over the past four years, the United States has reclaimed the title as the world’s leading investor in clean energy technologies and we are on track to double renewable energy generation. Join Secretary Chu for a live chat on the benefits of transitioning to a clean energy economy Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10:45 am ET at <a href="http://www.energy.gov/livechat">Energy.gov/LiveChat.</a>
Have You Heard? America is #1 Again.

Over the past four years, the United States has reclaimed the title as the world’s leading investor in clean energy technologies and we are on track to double renewable energy generation. Join Secretary Chu for a live chat on the benefits of transitioning to a clean energy economy Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10:45 am ET at Energy.gov/LiveChat.

March 29, 2012
Major Cold War Cleanup Milestone Reached at the Savannah River Site

Energy Department Announces Path Forward to Close Some of DOE’s Largest Radioactive Waste Storage Tanks Closed to Date

October 21, 2011
The Savannah River Site Recovery Act Program workforce stands in front of the P Reactor, which was deactivated and decommissioned as one of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded projects across America. |  Photo courtesy of the Office of Environmental Management.
Celebrating Successes of Environmental Management Recovery Act Projects

The Office of Environmental Management marked a milestone at the end of last month as they completed 84 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded projects across America.

September 30, 2011
Colorized TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) micrograph of a cell of <i>Geobacter sulfurreducens</i> (orange) with its pili (yellow) stretching out like arms and immobilizing the uranium (black precipitate). | Image courtesy of Dena Cologgi and Gemma Reguera, Michigan State University
Geobacter: The Junk Food Connoisseurs of the Bacterial Kingdom

With a healthy appetitie for uranium and petroleum, this family of bacteria clean up nuclear waste and other toxic materials. A team of researchers has discovered exactly how they use their arms to do this.

September 22, 2011
Bill Picciano tells us about his job at the Energy Department's Savanna River Site. | DOE Photo
Two Years Later: Bill Picciano of DOE's Savannah River Site

We checked back in with Bill Picciano, who we last spoke to in October 2009 after he'd recently been hired at the Savannah River Site (SRS) through the Recovery Act. Now he's permanently employed at the Site as an Associate Engineer/Technical Support Specialist - a job he's proud to have.