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December 3, 2020
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DOE Awards Basic Ordering Agreements for Nationwide Low-Level Mixed Low-Level Waste Treatment Services
Today, the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) awarded five Basic Ordering Agreements.
November 24, 2020
EM Intergovernmental Meeting on Cleanup Spotlights Ties to Stakeholders
EM Intergovernmental Meeting on Cleanup Spotlights Ties to Stakeholders
A number of notable accomplishments have positioned EM for continued success, and work completed ahead of schedule.
November 24, 2020
The Transuranic Storage Area Retrieval Enclosure — the wide T-shaped building in the foreground — is undergoing closure under federal and state regulations at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.
Closure of Largest Building at Idaho Site Underway
Closure of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site’s largest building,
November 24, 2020
EM continues to make progress on its 2020 priorities. EM Update is highlighting accomplishments in EM’s priority groups through the end of this year.
Cleanup Progress at ETEC Advances EM 2020 Priorities
EM continues to make progress on its 2020 priorities. EM Update is highlighting accomplishments in EM’s priority groups through the end of this year.
November 24, 2020
Workers dismantle transport platforms at the Y-12 National Security Complex so they can be taken to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The platforms will be installed to support deactivation activities at the eight-story Experimental Gas-Cooled Reactor.
Reuse of Cleanup Equipment in Oak Ridge Saves Millions
Reuse of transport platforms — large elevator-like devices installed outside facilities that allow workers to access multiple floors.
November 24, 2020
The final class of commissioning technicians recently completed the classroom portion of their in-depth systems training
Hanford WTP Treatment Commissioning Technicians Finish Desk Training
The final class of commissioning technicians recently completed the classroom portion of their in-depth systems training.
November 24, 2020
The sun begins to rise behind the 400-foot Hanford Meteorological Station tower, a source of current and historical weather data for the Hanford Site since 1944.
Hanford Meteorological Station: Keeping Workers Safe and History Alive
At the Hanford Site, weather data drives decisions that keep the workforce safe and healthy through high temperatures.
November 24, 2020
Portsmouth Site Installs Water Treatment System for Disposal Facility
Portsmouth Site Installs Water Treatment System for Disposal Facility
EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office is installing the water treatment system for its On-Site Waste Disposal Facility.
November 24, 2020
A close-up view of the drone, which resembles a mini-helicopter. Following commands from a ground-based operator, the camera-mounted drone circles around the stack making recordings that can be evaluated by engineers and safety experts.
Oak Ridge Employs Drone Technology for Safer Inspections
What’s the safest way to climb and inspect a 70-year-old, 250-foot-tall brick exhaust stack?
November 17, 2020
EM crews begin knocking down the three-story 65,000-square-foot Building 9210 at Oak Ridge on Nov. 16.
Oak Ridge Launches Demolition Project at Former Biology Complex
EM crews began taking down the remaining facilities located in the former Biology Complex at the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge.
November 17, 2020
Since pump-and-treat operations began at the Paducah Site, EM has been successful in reducing the concentration levels of trichloroethene in groundwater.
Paducah Marks 25 Years of Successful Pump-and-Treat Operations
EM’s Paducah Site has been the safe operation of the system to treat and reduce groundwater contamination.
November 17, 2020
A concrete pad that will be the future interim storage area for 1,936 highly radioactive capsules of cesium and strontium is now in place at the Hanford Site.
Safer Dry Storage Area for Radioactive Capsules Takes Shape at Hanford
After years of planning, the future interim storage area for nearly 2,000 highly radioactive capsules is taking shape at the Hanford Site.
November 17, 2020
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions project manager Kelsey Holcomb discusses the cleanup of the D-Area Coal Storage Yard with DOE-Savannah River Federal Project Director Karen Adams at the project site.
Innovation Key to Closure of Coal Yard at SRS
The final dump truck delivering limestone gravel came and went, setting the stage for the closure of a 12-acre legacy coal yard.
November 17, 2020
The Effluent Treatment Facility is one of several facilities and projects critical to the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste system that will transform the Hanford Site by enabling a shift to tank waste treatment operations.
Effluent Treatment Facility Gets Ready for Hanford Tank Waste Treatment
EM is implementing a series of robust upgrades to increase the capacity and reliability of a critical effluent treatment facility.
November 17, 2020
Oak Ridge crews took down numerous facilities to complete the historic first-ever removal of a uranium enrichment complex this year. Pictured is the Centrifuge Complex, which towered 180 feet tall in some sections.
Oak Ridge Wins Government Team Project of the Year
UCOR were honored Nov. 12 with the Government Team Project of the Year Award.
November 17, 2020
Crews Prep for Final Major Teardown at West Valley
Crews Prep for Final Major Teardown at West Valley
Crews prepared a large demolition excavator for the installation of a long-reach arm as they readied for the future teardown.
November 17, 2020
Savannah River Operations Office Engineer Joel Maul talks with students at Diamond Lakes Elementary School in Hephzibah, Georgia during a visit after several weeks of correspondence with the students.
Students, SRS Experts Engage in ‘STEMulating' Conversations
Students are becoming pen pals with Savannah River Site (SRS) employees whose degrees and careers involve science, technology, engineering, and math.
November 10, 2020
The first new air monitoring station is delivered to its installation location on Hewes Road at the Portsmouth Site.
Portsmouth Site, State Enhance Air Monitoring Ahead of Major Demolitions
Additional air monitoring stations are being installed that will enhance environmental and radiological data collection during demolition.
November 10, 2020
An aerial view of the Salt Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site.
Salt Waste Processing Facility Operations Underway at SRS
The Salt Waste Processing Facility designed to significantly increase the Savannah River Site's ability to empty and close radioactive waste tanks.
November 10, 2020
EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White, fourth from right, got a firsthand look at facilities and systems that make up the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) system at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant during a visit on Oct. 28.
Hanford Completes Key Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste Milestones
EM recently declared major design work complete for Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) facilities at the Hanford Site.
November 10, 2020
EM Richland Operations Office contractor Mission Support Alliance has awarded a subcontract for construction of a 10,000-square-foot water treatment facility that will support the site’s shift to 24/7 operations to treat tank waste and also meet the deman
Subcontract Awarded to Support Hanford Tank Waste Treatment, Risk Reduction
EM Richland Operations Office (RL) contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA) has awarded a $13 million subcontract to Fowler General Construction.
November 10, 2020
Team members at the Denver Federal Center are shown after loading archive material for secure transport to Los Alamos National Laboratory in August.
EM, Los Alamos National Laboratory Preserve America’s Nuclear Knowledge Base
A little-known team of experts at the Denver Federal Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory is preserving America’s nuclear weapons research.
November 10, 2020
Workers at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) demolished a nearly 7,000-square-foot utility building, shown here, earlier this year. WVDP cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley received the DOE Voluntary Protection Program Star of Excelle
EM Contractors Recognized for Safety and Health Excellence
EM contractors across the complex have been honored with a variety of awards for safety and health excellence in DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program.
November 10, 2020
Blind spot technology being installed on UCOR vehicles features a display that alerts drivers when a person or object is nearby. Pictured is UCOR employee Nate Smith.
Oak Ridge’s New Technologies Ensure Vehicle Safety
EM’s cleanup at Oak Ridge is supported by numerous vehicles that ship waste, transport personnel, and deliver items.
November 5, 2020
DOE Environmental Management News Flash
Crews Demolish 10th And Final Building at ETEC Radioactive Materials Handling Facility
Workers accomplished one of EM’s 2020 priorities after safely tearing down the last of 10 buildings at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility.