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August 4, 2020
Demolition of the Centrifuge Complex at Oak Ridge presented challenges due to the size and height of its structures. Some buildings stood 180 feet tall. That's too tall for conventional demolition equipment designed for buildings with a maximum height of
Crews Finish Takedown of Centrifuge Complex in Oak Ridge
EM’s cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park took a major step forward with removal of the Centrifuge Complex in late July.
August 4, 2020
Hanford Site federal, state, and contractor officials recently broke ground to place a 1,600-foot waste-transfer pipeline that will feed waste pretreated by the Tank-Side Cesium Removal System from the site’s tank farms to the nearby Low-Activity Waste Fa
Hanford Tank Waste Pretreatment System on Schedule
Observing COVID-19 safety protocols, workers recently started construction of concrete pads that will hold a waste pretreatment system.
August 4, 2020
A crew tears down an equipment storage building at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility complex at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.
ETEC Demolitions On Track After Crews Tear Down Seven Buildings
Exceptional progress continues at ETEC in Ventura County, CA with the successful demolition of 7 buildings at the RMHF complex since July 21.
August 4, 2020
The Savannah River Nuclear Solutions site services division managed the safe and successful construction of a second water line to support the Salt Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site.
SRS Crews Build Second Water Line to Support Salt Waste Processing Facility
Workers have successfully supplemented the SRS only water source as the site prepares to achieve an EM 2020 priority: startup of the SWPF.
August 4, 2020
Trucks carrying waste containers leave the West Valley Demonstration Project in late July en route to an offsite disposal facility. Pictured in the background is the Main Plant Process Building, which is set for demolition this year.
West Valley Resumes Shipments of Deactivation and Demolition Waste
WVDP crews resumed waste disposal shipments in late July as part of cleanup efforts after the site moved into the 2nd phase of its operations plan.
August 4, 2020
EM Joins U.S.-Japan Workshop on Potential Decommissioning Collaborations
DOE officials were among the more than 170 government & industry representatives who explored potential collaborations between the U.S. & Japan.
August 4, 2020
Council Honors EM Sites, Contractors for Purchasing Sustainable Products
Several EM sites and contractors across the DOE complex were recognized last week for their efforts to purchase products that protect the environment.
August 4, 2020
The 2020 National Cleanup Workshop is being revamped to be a virtual workshop on Sept. 16, 2020.
Updated Agenda Available for Virtual 2020 National Cleanup Workshop
An updated agenda is now available for the 2020 National Cleanup Workshop, which will take place as a virtual half-day event on Sept. 16, 2020.
July 28, 2020
Demolition begins on Building K-1600. The 42,000-square-foot structure was formerly used as a test and demonstration facility for uranium enrichment centrifuges.
Demolition Underway on Final Building at ETTP in Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and contractor UCOR have begun demolishing Building K-1600.
July 28, 2020
A crew tears down an instrumentation laboratory at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility complex at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.
Crews Tear Down Four Buildings at ETEC Since Active Cleanup Resumed Last Week
EM has marked the successful demolition of four buildings at the Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC) since July 21.
July 28, 2020
EM has named Brian Vance as permanent manager of the Richland Operations Office and Office of River Protection at the Hanford Site.
EM Names Brian Vance as Permanent Manager of Hanford Offices
EM has named Brian Vance as manager, on a permanent basis, of the two offices that supervise cleanup of the Hanford Site.
July 28, 2020
An EM 2020 Priority: West Valley Moves Closer to Demolishing Main Plant
An EM 2020 Priority: West Valley Moves Closer to Demolishing Main Plant
Workers at the EM West Valley Demonstration Project began demolishing a former utility building this month.
July 28, 2020
The emergency preparedness team at the EM Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant held its first Hazardous Facility Emergency Response Organization tabletop drill recently.
Hanford WTP Holds Drill for Emergency Preparedness
A team at the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant recently held a drill considered an important first step in building an emergency plan.
July 28, 2020
 Paving Around Hanford’s WTP Reshapes Landscape
Paving Around Hanford’s WTP Reshapes Landscape
Before and after views: the landscape around EM’s Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant.
July 28, 2020
Concrete bases are in place for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's new fire water system tanks.
WIPP Upgrades Fire Protection System
Millions of dollars in new and old infrastructure needs protecting at the EM Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
July 28, 2020
Characterization equipment operators Tim Carlton, left, and Todd Shepley perform a virtual equipment test.
SRS Performs Remote Testing on New Waste Characterization Equipment
Savannah River Site employees completed equipment tests virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 28, 2020
2020 National Cleanup Workshop To Be Hosted Virtually
2020 National Cleanup Workshop To Be Hosted Virtually
The 2020 National Cleanup Workshop is being revamped to be a virtual workshop on Sept. 16, 2020.
July 22, 2020
Workers have begun demolition at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility complex at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.
Department of Energy Resumes Active Cleanup at the Energy Technology Engineering Center
DOE has resumed active environmental cleanup at the ETEC, a former nuclear and liquid metals research site in Ventura County, California.
July 21, 2020
Workers have begun demolition at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility complex at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.
Crews Resume Environmental Cleanup at ETEC
Work crews have begun demolishing a set of Department of Energy-owned buildings at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.
July 21, 2020
An aerial view of the massive K-25 footprint spanning 44 acres at Oak Ridge. Future plans call for transforming the footprint into a commemorative site as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
Oak Ridge Completes Major Soil Remediation Project at K-25 Footprint
Workers recently finished removing contaminated soil under a section of the former Building K-25 footprint in another major action
July 21, 2020
Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Continues Progress Toward Commissioning
Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Continues Progress Toward Commissioning
Workers at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) recently completed startup testing on another significant plant system.
July 21, 2020
Before-and-after photos of cleanup of two areas in the F Area Analytical Laboratory facilities at the Savannah River Site.
SRS Achieves Analytical Laboratories Project Milestone Ahead of Schedule
EM recently surpassed a project milestone to clean 20 gloveboxes and radiohoods in the Savannah River National Laboratory.
July 21, 2020
Lee Stevens, a transportation expert with Navarro Research and Engineering, the lead environmental program services contractor for EM Nevada, uses the Nevada National Security Site-based Hazardous Materials Notification System to monitor and manage shipme
How EM Nevada’s Route Monitoring Ensures Safety of Waste Shipments
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered near Lone Pine, California recently prompted rapid notifications from the EM Nevada Program.
July 21, 2020
Fluor Idaho Waste Disposal and Waste Generator Services Manager Bruno Zovi inspects a pending shipment of mixed low-level waste prior to shipment offsite.
Idaho Site Safely Ships Waste to Meet Regulatory Agreements
DOE cleanup agreements with the state of Idaho require EM to ship nuclear waste for disposal
July 21, 2020
A factory acceptance test for a Savannah River Remediation equipment procurement was completed remotely instead of in-person at the manufacturer’s site due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Creativity Leads SRS to Complete Equipment Test During COVID-19 Pandemic
EM and its liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site used creativity to complete a critical equipment test.