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September 15, 2020
EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Todd Shrader
EM Set to Tackle Tank Waste in Mission Advancement, Shrader Says at Conference
The EM complex is in a transformational period as long-term construction projects will soon shift to operations.
September 15, 2020
Recent facility upgrades make it possible for three trucks to simultaneously unload cold feed materials at the Saltstone Production Facility at the Savannah River Site.
SRS Improves Liquid Waste Facilities as SWPF Prepares for Startup
EM and its liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) have completed significant upgrades to accelerate treatment.
September 15, 2020
Crews in full protective gear have been conducting asbestos abatement inside remaining Biology Complex buildings at Oak Ridge since early 2019.
Crews Complete Key Step in Oak Ridge Biology Complex Deactivation
Crews recently achieved a key milestone by removing all asbestos from a building being deactivated for demolition.
September 15, 2020
One of three vapor vacuum extraction and treatment units at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.
INL Site to Study Cleanup Project for Completion Ahead of Schedule
A successful EM cleanup project at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site is being studied to determine if it has met its objectives.
September 15, 2020
Defense Waste Processing Facility operator Stephen Potter assembles a double-stack plug grapple adapter before a feasibility demonstration.
Project to Double-Stack SRS Waste Canisters Gains Ground
EM liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site are advancing a project to double-stack canisters containing high-level radioactive waste.
September 15, 2020
Subcontractor employees managed by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions dismantle one of six Savannah River Site buildings for donation to the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization.
SRS Donates Structures for Regional Economic, Workforce Development
Built in the early 1990s, the metal buildings at SRS were no longer needed for DOE missions.
September 15, 2020
Archaeologist Lindsay Kiel with EM Richland Operations Office contractor Mission Support Alliance takes field notes during an archaeological survey on Hanford’s Central Plateau.
Protecting Cultural and Ecological Resources at the Hanford Site
The Hanford Site’s distinct history and ecosystem are positioned to stand the test of time thanks to the preservation and conservation efforts.
September 15, 2020
Employees for the Hanford Site’s 283 West Water Treatment Plant — from left, Vinni Dragoo, Richard Herrera, Ed Lerma, Burke Neuman, and Bob Ward — display the Silver Certificate of Achievement presented by the Washington State Department of Health. The aw
Hanford Water Plant Receives Statewide Recognition
The Washington State Department of Health presented its distinguished Silver Certificate of Achievement to water treatment plant staff at the Hanford.
September 8, 2020
Hanford’s largest groundwater treatment plant, the 200 West Pump and Treat Facility, helps the site meet its goal of removing tons of chemical and radioactive contaminants from more than 2 billion gallons of groundwater each year.
Hanford Treats More Than 2 Billion Gallons of Groundwater Six Years in A Row
Workers at the Hanford Site are celebrating another year of significant progress in protecting the Columbia River.
September 8, 2020
EM Hanford and tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions installed a new state-of-the-art ventilation system in Hanford’s A Tank Farm.
New Ventilation System Increases Safety Margin for Hanford Waste Tank Workers
– EM Hanford and its tank operations contractor, have enhanced safety for workers by installing a new exhauster ventilation system above waste tanks.
September 8, 2020
– EM crews recently took down the eighth of 10 buildings set for demolition at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility
Crews Knock Down 8 of 10 Buildings, Making Headway in ETEC Cleanup
EM crews recently took down the eighth of 10 buildings set for demolition at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility
September 8, 2020
A view of an Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project boxline where sludge waste is being treated at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.
EM Enlists Additional Idaho Site Facility for Sludge Drum Repackaging
EM and its cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory Site are doubling efforts to treat and repackage drums of radioactive sludge water.
September 8, 2020
West Valley Prepares for Major Facility Demolition
West Valley Prepares for Major Facility Demolition
The West Valley Demonstration Project has obtained a fork truck capable of lifting more than 90,000 pounds for waste removal in the future demolition.
September 8, 2020
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions mechanic Curtis Williford helps remove the cover of an industrial wastewater tank within a containment pit at the Savannah River Site.
SRS Removes Silver-Bearing Sludge From Tank to Recover Precious Metal
EM and the management and operations contractor at the Savannah River Site have successfully removed sludge containing silver from an industrial waste
September 8, 2020
Last week, crews moved a massive 50,000-tank into position to support efforts at the Sludge Processing Mock Test Facility under construction at Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge Constructing Test Facility for Sludge Processing
Construction is underway on the $10 million Sludge Processing Mock Test Facility.
September 8, 2020
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Senior Health Physicist Michael Ratliff, left, examines parts created by SRNS Principal Scientist Andy Warren using a 3D printer.
3D Printing Improves Radiological Safety at SRS at Low Cost
An employee at the Savannah River Site recently discovered how 3D printers can create unique objects at a low cost to improve safety and operations.
September 1, 2020
A bucket of excavated dirt is lifted out of the utility shaft that is being excavated at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
WIPP Reaches Early Milestone in Work to Increase Underground Ventilation
A project at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has reached an early milestone as crews embark on a new phase to excavate a new utility shaft.
September 1, 2020
Operator Charlie Stokes uses a specialized cart to move material through a glovebox mock-up as part of training activities for resuming work in the K Area Interim Surveillance glovebox at the Savannah River Site following completion of a process optimizat
SRS Enhances Safety, Creates Efficiencies in Plutonium Downblend Process
The management and operations contractor at the Savannah River Site recently completed a three-phase process optimization outage.
September 1, 2020
Crews Make Headway on Hanford Tank Farm Improvement Project
Crews Make Headway on Hanford Tank Farm Improvement Project
Crews at Hanford’s tank farms recently completed removal and staging of 52 large concrete covers.
September 1, 2020
Hanford Employees Conduct Weigh-ins to Ensure Sludge is Safely Maintained
Hanford Employees Conduct Weigh-ins to Ensure Sludge is Safely Maintained
It’s weigh-in time for engineered containers of radioactive sludge from the Hanford Site’s K West Reactor.
September 1, 2020
This screen-capture shows a student discussing a weather station lesson at the Virtual STEM Camp in August (photo courtesy of Ohio University).
EM Supports ‘Virtual STEM Camp’ for Ohio Youth
A virtual science, technology, engineering, and math camp supported by a grant from EM was conducted recently.
September 1, 2020
Tim Melberg, UCOR’s manager of supply chain management, speaks at the company’s eighth annual Small Business Awards Program. The event recognized top performers whose exceptional performance contributed to cleanup accomplishments.
Oak Ridge Continues Tradition of Recognizing Top-Performing Small Businesses
EM mission was on full display last week at the eighth annual Small Business Awards Breakfast.
August 31, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Issues RFP for Nationwide Low-Level Mixed Low-Level Waste Treatment Services
The DOE's Office of Environmental Management issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Nationwide Low-Level Mixed Low-Level Waste Treatment Services.
August 25, 2020
Chemists Kay Keltner, left, and Jaime Edwards are part of a team at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant that is integrating scientific instruments inside the Analytical Laboratory.
EM Continues Progress On 2020 Priorities
EM is continuing to make progress on its 2020 priorities
August 25, 2020
The Shift Operating Base inside the Plutonium Fuel Form Facility was a clean area that allowed operators to use manipulators to work with material inside the cells.
SRS Completes Risk Reduction Activities in Building Used to Produce Fuel for Space Program
Workers at the Savannah River Site have completed risk reduction and cleanup activities in a building containing residual plutonium.