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October 16, 2018
The Analytical Laboratory will analyze samples of vitrified low-activity waste to ensure it meets regulatory requirements and standards.
ORP Energizes Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Analytical Lab
EM’s ORP safely finished energizing the Analytical Laboratory at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) recently.
October 16, 2018
A worker uses an excavator to lower a dust collector into a waste box for shipment to an offsite disposal facility.
West Valley Continues Cleanup Progress at Contact Size Reduction Facility
Workers continued cleanup progress after recently removing a 2,000-pound dust collector from a facility slated for demolition at EM’s WVDP Site.
October 16, 2018
A sensor traverses a 12-by-20-foot mock-up of a Hanford tank at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
EM, PNNL Test Novel Sensor Technology for Hanford Waste Tanks
It’s nearly impossible to see the integrity of metal plates that form the base of the DSTs buried at Hanford, but hearing them may help researchers.
October 16, 2018
Fluor-BWXT chemical operator Eric Ramey operates an overhead crane at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
Portsmouth Contractor Receives ‘Good’ Evaluation, Earns 74 Percent of 2017 Fee
EM gave its D&D contractor at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio a “good” evaluation.
October 16, 2018
EM Appoints New Members to Environmental Management Advisory Board
EM recently announced the appointment of seven industry leaders to DOE’s EMAB. They join 11 returning board members.
October 16, 2018
URS | CH2M Oak Ridge employees Clint Wolfley and Stephanie Miller were recipients of National Safety Council’s 2018 Rising Stars of Safety award.
National Safety Council Names Oak Ridge Managers Safety Stars
The National Safety Council recognized two safety managers with DOE’s OREM cleanup contractor as 2018 Rising Stars of Safety.
October 16, 2018
A trainer works on criminal apprehension with a canine as part of the Washington State Police Canine Association’s training at the Hanford Site.
Hanford Patrol Hosts Police Canine Training
Hanford Patrol officers from EM RL contractor Mission Support Alliance hosted 87 law enforcement teams from across Washington state.
October 16, 2018
Tour attendees gather around Moab Festival of Science volunteer Lee Shenton, at center, wearing a green shirt and cap.
Local Science Festival Features Public Tours of Moab Project
– EM’s Moab UMTRA Project recently welcomed more than 40 members of the public to the site as a part of the third annual Moab Festival of Science.
October 16, 2018
Portsmouth Mission Alliance United Steelworkers (USW) presents the latest Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) certificate at the Portsmouth Site flagpole where the VPP STAR flag flies for the eighth consecutive year.
Portsmouth Contractor Earns Eighth Consecutive ‘STAR’ Safety Recognition
EM contractor PMA recently received DOE VPP “STAR” recognition for the eighth consecutive year on behalf of the infrastructure support workforce.
October 10, 2018
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Releases Request for Information/Sources Sought for Environmental Management (EM) West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) Phase 1B D...
DOE Releases Request for Information/Sources Sought for EM WVDP Phase 1B Deactivation & Demolition (D&D) and Soil Remediation Procurement
October 9, 2018
Trucks carry engineered grout from a nearby batch plant to the PUREX Plant Tunnel 2, where pumps insert the grout using piping connected to existing openings in the top of the tunnel.
Crews Stabilizing Hanford Waste Storage Tunnel
Trucks are delivering engineered grout to stabilize a waste storage tunnel on the Hanford Site.
October 9, 2018
Equipment operator, Dwight Bowman, demonstrates a manipulator moving objects in the mock-up of a 324 Building hot cell for DOE Chief Financial Officer John Vonglis, Richland Operations Office Manager Doug Shoop, and EM Assistant Secretary Anne White.
Assistant Secretary White's Hanford Visit Demonstrates Progress Through Partnership
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White visited the Hanford Site last week. Following is her report on the trip.
October 9, 2018
The first transfer of radioactive waste to Saltstone Disposal Unit 6 at the Savannah River Site has been completed.
SRS Completes First Transfer of Radioactive Waste to Mega Disposal Unit
About 8,500 gallons of low-level liquid waste from an underground waste tank at SRS have been treated and transferred to SDU 6.
October 9, 2018
The winning team of the STEM Scholarship Competition was from Kiona-Benton High School of Benton City, Washington.
Developing the Future Hanford Workforce
To help develop the future workforce, Hanford Site contractors and community leaders held the second annual Connect Tri-Cities event last week.
October 9, 2018
Crews began demolishing Building K-1232 by knocking down a 74-foot silo that was part of the structure.
Oak Ridge Crews Begin Demolishing Chemical Recovery Facility
OREM and its cleanup contractor UCOR have demolished 5 buildings in the Poplar Creek area of ETTP since last year, and one more will soon be added.
October 9, 2018
Waste containing roaster oxides is emptied from a drum into a tray at the Accelerated Retrieval Project prior to being raked through with an excavator.
Idaho Site Workers Complete ‘Roaster Oxides’ Project
EM and its cleanup contractor at the INL recently completed a complex waste processing project that will allow 214 waste drums to leave the state.
October 9, 2018
Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant has received the necessary permit approvals from the state of Washington to complete construction of the Effluent Management Facility.
Hanford Vit Plant Support Facility Receives State Approval to Finish Construction
The Washington State Department of Ecology has granted the permits needed for Hanford’s WTP, or Vit Plant, to finish construction of the EMF.
October 9, 2018
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions was awarded the Project Management Institute’s Award for Project Excellence for work completed at the Savannah River Site’s D-Area Ash Basins.
SRNS Receives Prestigious Award from Project Management Institute
The SRS management and operations contractor, SRNS, received the PMI Award for Project Excellence at the PMI Professional Awards Gala on Oct. 6.
October 9, 2018
The waste management teams for the EM Los Alamos Field Office and N3B gathered to mark the completion of the first waste shipment from Technical Area 54’s Area G at Los Alamos National Laboratory to the WIPP since WIPP resumed operations in January 2017.
Los Alamos Field Office Resumes Area G Waste Shipments to WIPP
The EM Los Alamos Field Office and cleanup contractor N3B safely and successfully completed the first waste shipment since January 2017.
October 9, 2018
Melter 3 enters the Defense Waste Processing Facility in June 2017. It poured its first canister of vitrified high-level radioactive waste in December 2017.
Savannah River Site Liquid Waste Contractor Earns 96 Percent of Award Fee
EM’s SRS liquid waste contractor recently earned an “excellent” rating and just over $12 million — or 96% of the available fee — for its performance.
October 9, 2018
Rodney Gantt, laboratory specialist, Linda Youmans, director of the Industrial Hygiene Laboratory, and Becky Chavous, laboratory specialist, test the new radiological asbestos monitoring equipment to ensure it meets laboratory accreditation requirements.
EM, SRNL Consolidate Lab Capabilities, Reduce Site’s Footprint
EM and its SRNL continue to consolidate critical analytical capabilities and reduce the SRS's operational footprint.
October 9, 2018
Crews recently installed a new cover for a Liquid Effluent Retention Facility basin at the Hanford Site.
Crews Install New Cover at Hanford Wastewater Management Facility
EM Office of River Protection tank farms contractor WRPS recently finished installing a new cover for a LERF basin at the Hanford Site.
October 2, 2018
Plutonium Finishing Plant workers conduct mock-ups of waste loadout activities during a management assessment in August to determine preparedness to resume demolition-related activities.
Lower-Risk Demolition Work Resumes at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant
Demolition-related activities resumed last week at the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) on the Hanford Site.
October 2, 2018
EM West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) Site Director Bryan Bower recognizes employees for their hard work and diligence in completing their latest cleanup accomplishments.
West Valley Site Celebrates Cleanup Successes
EM and its cleanup contractor at WVDP commended workers for safely completing demolition of the first vitrification facility built in the U.S.
October 2, 2018
EM’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project surpassed its fiscal 2018 target to ship uranium mill tailings from the Moab Site to a disposal cell.
Moab Site Exceeds Fiscal 2018 Goal to Ship Mill Tailings for Disposal
EM’s Moab UMTRA Project surpassed its fiscal 2018 target to ship uranium mill tailings from the Moab Site to a disposal cell.