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January 19, 2021
An aerial view of the Salt Waste Processing Facility.
SWPF Completes Hot Commissioning, Begins Full Radioactive Operations
EM has successfully completed the hot commissioning testing phase of operations at the Salt Waste Processing Facility.
January 19, 2021
Chemist Kay Keltner with EM Office of River Protection contractor Bechtel National, Inc. works inside the Analytical Laboratory at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant to prepare for cold commissioning.
WTP Lab Deemed Ready to Operate at Hanford
The EM Office of River Protection (ORP) and its contractor Bechtel National, Inc. recently determined the Hanford Site’s Analytical Laboratory.
January 19, 2021
EM Senior Advisor William "Ike" White
EM, State Officials Underscore Importance of Partnerships Built on Trust
EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Todd Shrader emphasized the importance of collaboration and effective partnerships.
January 19, 2021
Hanford Moves Closer to Tank Waste Pretreatment
Hanford Moves Closer to Tank Waste Pretreatment
EM’s Office of River Protection made another step toward pretreatment of tank waste on the Hanford Site.
January 19, 2021
Workers at the Radioassay and Nondestructive Testing facility at the Los Alamos National Laboratory load the first comingled transuranic waste shipment from EM and the National Nuclear Security Administration.
EM-NNSA Collaboration Leads to First Los Alamos Comingled Transuranic Waste Shipment
The EM and National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos field offices completed their first comingled shipment of transuranic waste.
January 19, 2021
Crews Are Midway Through Brookhaven Reactor Stack Demolition
Crews Are Midway Through Brookhaven Reactor Stack Demolition
Demolition of the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s High Flux Beam Reactor (HFBR) exhaust stack is underway.
January 19, 2021
A four-student senior design project team and a graduate research assistant from the University of Tennessee’s nuclear engineering department are helping Oak Ridge and its cleanup contractor UCOR qualify a new type of gamma-ray imaging system.
University Students Collaborate With Oak Ridge on Cleanup Tools
Five University of Tennessee students are helping design tools for Oak Ridge’s cleanup.
January 19, 2021
Pictured with this year’s Family Fun Safety Calendar are Jordan Seltzer, left, and Mary Janik with the CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley records management division.
West Valley Promotes Safety Through the Eyes of Children in 2021 Calendar
and EM and its cleanup contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) have created a new calendar to raise safety awareness.
January 19, 2021
Brad Clark, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) operations support specialist, left, and Andrew Ellsworth, SRNS maintenance coordinator, inspect a steam trap.
‘What are Those Pipes For?’ SRS Sheds Light on Steam Generation History
Large silver pipes that crisscross the Savannah River Site (SRS) and run along many of its roadways.
January 19, 2021
In past years, EM used in situ decommissioning for the U Canyon at the Hanford Site; two facilities at the Idaho National Laboratory Site; and the P and R reactors and Heavy Water Components Test Reactor, pictured here, at the Savannah River Site.
Agencies from U.S., U.K., and Canada Focus on In Situ Decommissioning
EM joined other government organizations and stakeholders from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
January 19, 2021
Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership Program Manager Myrna Redfield participates in a NAACP virtual award presentation to announce winners of this year’s Fredericka Hargrove Essay and Poster Contest.
Paducah Site Contractor Presents Awards on MLK Day
FRNP is the Paducah Site deactivation and remediation contractor for EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office.
January 12, 2021
The keys signify the turnover of the facilities used in the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste approach from construction to commissioning and startup.
DOE Leaders Announce Completion of Key Step Toward Hanford Tank Waste Treatment
Energy Secretary Mark W. Menezes and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar visited the Hanford Site last week to mark the completion of construction
January 12, 2021
EM 2020 Mission Priorities Scorecard
The Results Are In — EM Accomplished Bulk of 2020 Cleanup Priorities
Workers completed demolition at the East Tennessee Technology Park, making it the first site in the world to remove an entire uranium complex.
January 12, 2021
EM Office of River Protection contractor Washington River Protection Solutions recently began retrieving waste from single-shell tank AX-104 at the Hanford Site. The waste is being transferred to a more robust double-shell tank for safe storage.
Hanford Workers Retrieving Waste from Another Single-Shell Tank
EM’s Office of River Protection continues to make substantial progress in its mission to safely and efficiently reduce risk at the Hanford Site.
January 12, 2021
Demolition of the Building 9210, at left, is nearing completion, and crews will soon begin tearing down the six-story Building 9207, at right.
Oak Ridge on Pace for Another Big Year in 2021
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management enters a new chapter in cleanup this year that will transform the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
January 12, 2021
Savannah River Remediation crews remove the first column filled with cesium from the Tank Closure Cesium Removal (TCCR) unit via crane in H Tank Farm at the Savannah River Site.
In Mark of Progress, SRS Crews Remove Cesium Columns From Tank Closure Unit
EM and its liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) have removed columns that are filled with cesium.
January 12, 2021
Fluor Idaho Engineer Kevin Young, left, and Idaho Accelerator Center Imaging Laboratory Director Mike Smith prepare calcine retrieval project components for radiation testing with a high-powered X-ray generator.
Idaho Calcine Project Partners With University for Radiation Testing
Calcine is a dried byproduct of the legacy spent nuclear fuel reprocessing mission at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC).
January 12, 2021
The new Hanford Site virtual tours webpage gives viewers panoramic images of multiple locations of cleanup efforts.
Virtual Tours Give Public New Views of Hanford, Savannah River Cleanup
Tour the sprawling Hanford and Savannah River sites from the comfort of your home thanks to newly created virtual tours of each location.
January 12, 2021
Workers at the Hanford Site make final connections between a pipe sticking up out of one of three aging underground structures being stabilized and a grout delivery system.
EM Awards Fees for Contractors’ Performance Across DOE Complex
EM recently awarded performance-based fees payments to 10 of its contractors at sites across the DOE complex.
January 12, 2021
Mark Hebdon, a maintenance mechanic and fabricator with CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, stands next to a containment box that was modified to incorporate employee feedback for improved safety, productivity, and efficiency.
Employee Feedback Improves Decontamination Project at West Valley
EM workers provided feedback and lessons learned to help develop a new box to contain materials for disposal as they decontaminate the walls.
December 22, 2020
This 1948 photo shows construction of tank vaults at the former Separations Process Research Unit.
DOE Successfully Transfers SPRU Site, Achieving EM 2020 Priority
DOE officials approved the transfer of the former Separations Process Research Unit.
December 22, 2020
‘2020 Year in Review’ Highlights EM Accomplishments, Cleanup Priorities
‘2020 Year in Review’ Highlights EM Accomplishments, Cleanup Priorities
EM has published its 2020 Year in Review, summarizing the accomplishments of cleanup work across the DOE complex over the course of the year.
December 22, 2020
Crews from the U.S. Army Corp Engineers perform pre-demolition activities at the Livermore Pool Type Reactor at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Crews Begin Pre-Demolition Work for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reactor
Workers have begun activities to prepare for the demolition of a nuclear reactor at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
December 22, 2020
UCOR completed demolition on the final structures at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) during the performance evaluation period of April 2020 through September 2020.
Oak Ridge's UCOR Earns 98% of Fee for Second Half of Fiscal 2020
EM recently awarded Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR $28 million for its performance from April 2020 through September 2020.
December 22, 2020
Members of the State and Tribal Government Working Group; tribal leaders; officials from EM, DOE's Office of Legacy Management, and the National Nuclear Security Administration; and DOE field site managers gather during a tour of the X-10 Graphite Reactor
EM Leaders Focus on Engaging Communities During STGWG Meeting
EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Todd Shrader emphasized the importance DOE places on input from communities.