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March 17, 2020
EM managers tackled a variety of questions from the audience and moderator Martin Schneider of Longenecker and Associates (standing) during the “Hot Topics” panel at the Waste Management Symposia. Seated from left are Savannah River Site Manager Mike Budn
EM Leaders Say Liquid Waste Startups to Bring Rewards, Challenges
EM is preparing for a potential game change and the challenges it could bring.
March 17, 2020
EM headquarters and field site officials at the Waste Management Symposia discussed the start up of major liquid waste treatment facilities. From left, EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Todd Shrader; EM Office of Technology Development Director Kurt
Managers Share Lessons in Advance of Liquid Waste Treatment Startups
Project managers advancing key liquid waste treatment facilities toward startup at three EM sites shared successes, challenges, and lessons learned.
March 17, 2020
The Savannah River Site (SRS), celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, was featured at the Waste Management Symposia. A panel of site and community leaders highlighted the site’s history and accomplishments. From left, panel co-chairs Amy Boyette of S
Savannah River Leaders Mark Site’s 70th Anniversary
Led by a video message from Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, leaders of the Savannah River Site (SRS) celebrated its 70th anniversary.
March 17, 2020
EM's Ike White Meets With DOE Fellows
EM's Ike White Meets With DOE Fellows
EM's Ike White Meets With DOE Fellows at the Waste Management Symposia.
March 17, 2020
EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Todd Shrader was keynote speaker at a STEM/DOE Workforce Initiative Summit held at the Waste Management Symposia.
EM Official Highlights Crucial Role in Cleanup for STEM Students, Workers
Students and workers trained in science, technology, engineering, and math fields are increasingly critical to DOE programs.
March 17, 2020
From left, seated, Hanford Site Manager Brian Vance, Ty Blackford, president of CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, John Eschenberg, president and CEO of Washington River Protection Solutions, Valerie McCain, principal vice president and Waste Treatmen
Hanford Leaders Share Teamwork Focus Ahead of Next Cleanup Phase
Hanford Site Manager Brian Vance and leaders of the site’s major cleanup contractors expressed pride in recent accomplishments and progress.
March 17, 2020
Portsmouth process building
Portsmouth and Paducah Cleanup Set to Make Significant Impacts
EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office is set to make the first major skyline change later this year with demolition beginning on the X-326 building.
March 17, 2020
Members of the panel focused on the return on investment in EM technology include, from left, Kurt Gerdes, director of EM's Technology Development Office; Connie Herman, associate laboratory director, chemical and environmental sciences, Savannah River Na
Return on Investment in EM’s Technology is Significant, Panelists Say
Technology’s pivotal role in advancing EM’s mission was the focus of a panel at the Waste Management Symposia.
March 17, 2020
EM has published its 2019 Year in Review, summarizing the accomplishments of cleanup workers across the DOE complex over the course of the year. The booklet highlights major achievements at each EM site and at EM headquarters. The Year in Review can be fo
‘2019 Year in Review’ Outlines EM’s Cleanup Achievements
EM has published its 2019 Year in Review.
March 16, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Releases Request for Information/Sources Sought for Operation of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Facilities
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a Request for Information/Sources Sought notice for operation of DOE’s Portsmouth Paducah Project Office.
March 10, 2020
Office of Environmental Management senior adviser Ike White outlined the Department of Energy’s strategic vision for environmental cleanup to more than 2,000 attendees at the Waste Management Symposia 2020.
William "Ike" White Outlines EM Strategic Vision at Waste Management Symposia
EM cleanup accomplishments in recent years have now set the stage for dramatic progress in the coming decade.
March 10, 2020
Visitors headed to the Waste Management Symposia in Phoenix were given a special tour of the Savannah River Site on March 5.
Savannah River Hosts Tour for Conference Attendees
Visitors headed to the Waste Management Symposia in Phoenix were given a special tour of the Savannah River Site on March 5.
March 10, 2020
Ike White representing EM; and Alastair MacDonald of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, took  part in a signing ceremony at the Waste Management Symposia 2020 in Phoenix.
Agreement Solidifies Cleanup Cooperation Among EM and UK, Canada Counterparts
A three-party agreement signed by EM and its counterparts in Canada and the United Kingdom aims to strengthen their collaborations on clean up.
March 10, 2020
A wall crawler inserts an inspection sensor into a small air slot under the inner shell of a Hanford double-shell tank. In this waste storage tank, operators surveyed six air slots to obtain tank-bottom thickness readings at multiple locations.
Hanford Uses Innovative Robotic System to Inspect Bottom of Waste Storage Tanks
EM's Office of River Protection used an innovative robotic system that employs ultrasonic sound waves to help engineers detect and mitigate corrosion.
March 10, 2020
Ceramic filters before and after testing. Based on extended pilot plant testing, research has shown that the formation of a "filter cake" on the ceramic filters, as shown below, is necessary to prevent plugging and provide for greater operating efficiency
Testing Shows Promising Results for Ceramic Filters Slated for Use at Idaho Treatment Plant
New filters proposed for a key waste treatment facility at the Idaho National Laboratory site underwent extensive testing recently.
March 10, 2020
A crane lowers one of the five new vessels for a new modernized zeolite treatment system at Building 3608 in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s central campus area. It replaces an aging system in Building 3544.
Oak Ridge Modernizes Critical Wastewater Treatment System
EM workers are making progress upgrading aging radiological wastewater treatment infrastructure essential to Oak Ridge National Laboratory operations.
March 10, 2020
Workers with Hanford contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company test a robotic crawler on the roof of a former fuel storage bunker. The crawler was used to safely evaluate the load capacity of the roof as part of preparations for future demolition a
Remote Crawler Helps Pave Way for Safe Demolition of Aging Hanford Structure
Workers recently sent a robotic crawler on an advance scouting mission to ensure the safety of crews preparing an aging structure.
March 10, 2020
Hanford Effluent Management Facility Powerhouse Powers Up
Hanford Effluent Management Facility Powerhouse Powers Up
Crews at Hanford Site's Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant recently completed construction and startup at the Effluent Management Facility.
March 10, 2020
Mike Franklin, a field radiological engineer with UCOR, shows students how to use instrumentation to survey and detect radiation at the STEM event at Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge.
Hundreds of Families Attend Oak Ridge STEM Event
Oak Ridge’s EM program and two of its contractors, UCOR and Isotek, recently supported a local middle school’s STEM night.
March 10, 2020
Norbert Doyle, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition & Program Management discusses EM’s mission and major contracting opportunities during the “Federal Contract Opportunities Forecast” session at Reservation Economic Summit 2020.
EM Promotes Business Opportunities at Reservation Economic Summit
EM officials engaged with representatives of tribal owned businesses during the recent Reservation Economic Summit 2020.
March 9, 2020
DOE Environmental Management News Flash
EM Issues "Strategic Vision" for Coming Decade
The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) today issued an outline of planned accomplishments over the next decade.
March 3, 2020
Holding an oversized pair of scissors, DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar and Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the grand opening of the K-25 History Center.
Oak Ridge Opens K-25 History Center to Preserve Site’s Rich History
Hundreds of community members and former workers weathered subfreezing temperatures Feb. 27 to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
March 3, 2020
A 10-ton transfer hoist, located in the Hanford Site’s Low-Activity Waste Facility, is a key component in moving containers filled with treated tank waste. During operations, the remotely operated hoist will function behind a shield door.
Hanford Crew Operates Hoist in Mark of Progress for Tank Waste Treatment
A startup crew recently operated a hoist that will be used to lift containers of waste turned into glass weighing about 7 tons each.
March 3, 2020
In fiscal 2019, the property and warehouse management team at the Hanford Site processed more than 239,000 pieces of incoming freight, an increase of more than 30 percent over the previous year. From left are team members Alex Cuello, Kent Sumner, William
Cleanup Success Drives Record Number of Freight at Hanford
A record amount of freight was processed through the Hanford Site central warehouse in the last fiscal year.
March 3, 2020
Jim Southwick, Fluor Idaho nuclear operations manager for the Accelerated Retrieval Project, discusses EM’s targeted buried waste exhumation mission at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex with Mahmoud Karam of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.
Idaho Site Shares Expertise With Canadian Cleanup Program Visitors
EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently discussed lessons learned and other expertise on nuclear safety and regulatory strategies.