Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management 2016 Year in Review

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Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management 2016 Year in Review

In December 2016, EM released its 2016 Year-in-Review outlining the vast amount of work conducted in the nuclear cleanup program across the DOE complex in 2016.

The Year-in-Review highlights major accomplishments at each EM site and at EM headquarters, including:

  • Implementation of a new management structure to strengthen support for work at EM’s active cleanup sites, putting them at the center of daily activities to address inefficiencies and help them perform work in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner;
  • Demolishing a gaseous diffusion plant for the first time at the East Tennessee Technology Park at Oak Ridge, Tenn. — increasing safety, reducing monitoring costs and paving the way for economic development;
  • Completing construction of the Salt Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, which, once operational, will significantly accelerate EM’s ability to treat tank waste;
  • Starting demolition of the Plutonium Finishing Plant at Hanford in Washington state, once one of the most dangerous buildings in the DOE complex;
  • Relocating solidified high-level waste to safe storage at the West Valley Demonstration Project in New York; and
  • Passing the halfway point in remediating uranium mill tailings at the Moab Site in Utah.