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Waste Management

January 27, 2016
The Waster Resource Recovery Facility of the Future should use and recover resources efficiently, coordinate with utilities and other community services, engage customers and the public in new ways, and deploy a range of smart technologies and systems in support of healthy, economically vibrant communities.
Coming Up With the Latest in High-Tech Water Treatment

Many people don’t think much about what happens to water once it goes down the drain. Thanks to a vast network of wastewater treatment facilities in the United States, we’re able to clean and purify our water. In fact, these treatment centers contain valuable resources that could be recovered for beneficial reuse.  

December 21, 2015
The Department of Energy is working toward long-term solutions for nuclear waste storage. | Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mandj98/">James Marvin Phelps</a>.
Finding Long-Term Solutions for Nuclear Waste

Find out how we are working with communities, tribes and states to find long-term nuclear waste storage solutions.

March 24, 2015
Three trucks transport nuclear waste from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. | Energy Department photo.
Moving Forward to Address Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal

Today, Secretary Moniz announced that the Energy Department is moving forward with planning for a separate repository for high-level radioactive waste resulting from atomic energy defense activities.

March 24, 2015
Secretary Moniz's Remarks on “A Look Back on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future” at the Bipartisan Policy Center -- As Delivered

Secretary Moniz's remarks, as delivered, on Nuclear Waste Disposal at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2015.

March 23, 2015
Secretary Moniz's Remarks at the 2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference -- As Delivered

Secretary Moniz's remarks, as delivered, at the 2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 23, 2015.

February 6, 2015
Between 1993 and 2013, the Megatons to Megawatts program turned the nuclear material from 20,000 warheads into usable electricity. | Photo courtesy of NNSA.
The National Security Strategy Keeps America Safe and Prosperous

The Department of Energy plays an important role in implementing the President's Nuclear Security Strategy.

July 15, 2014
Energy Expos

Students work in groups to create hands-on exhibits about the energy sources that power the nation, ways to save energy at home and school, and conventional and alternative transportation fuels.

April 10, 2014
This graphic shows the benefit of applying a thin film as a polymer coating to waste containment bags used for radioactive waste shipments.
EM Lab Addresses Waste Challenge, Improves Worker Safety

AIKEN, S.C. – EM is funding research at the Savannah River National Laboratory to develop a material to safely contain the radioactive waste generated by a planned multi-year decontamination project at the Savannah River Site (SRS) while the waste is being shipped for disposal.

November 12, 2013
U.S. Department of Energy to Host Press Call on Radioactive Waste Shipment and Disposal

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host a press call to discuss Consolidated Edison Uranium Solidification Project (CEUSP) shipment and disposal plans in Nevada.

September 24, 2013
Hanford Tank Waste Retrieval, Treatment and Disposition Framework

Completing the Office of River Protection (ORP) mission of stabilizing 56 million gallons of chemical and radioactive waste stored in Hanford’s 177 tanks is one of the Energy Department's highest priorities. This Framework document outlines a phased approach for beginning tank waste treatment while continuing to resolve technical issues with the Pretreatment and High-Level Waste Facilities.