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July 21, 2020
Patrick Ryan, a technician at Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, collects biological samples from a sedated raccoon.
SRS Landscape Central to National Partnership’s Fight to Eradicate Rabies
The wild lands of the Savannah River Site (SRS) have served as a front line in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s fight to eradicate rabies.
July 16, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Begins Acquisition Planning for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Operations Acquisition
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a Request for Information Sources Sought notice for operation of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
July 16, 2020
DOE Environmental Management News Flash
Expert Acquisition Corps to Advance EM’s Procurement Capacities
EM is further strengthening its procurement capabilities in launching an Acquisition Corps to serve on Acquisition Integrated Project Teams.
July 14, 2020
Cleanup locations at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a Manhattan Project site, include hillsides, canyon sides, and canyon bottoms. This photo shows soil cleanup in Los Alamos Canyon, which is adjacent to the former Technical Area-01.
As U.S. Marks Trinity Test’s 75th Anniversary, EM Continues Progress at Manhattan Project Sites
On July 16, 1945, the world's first nuclear explosion occurred more than 200 miles south of Los Alamos in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
July 14, 2020
Students arrive at B Reactor for a tour. The Department of Energy works with elementary, middle, and high schools around the region to highlight B Reactor’s role in ushering in the atomic age, and the importance of STEM education.
The History of a Park Dedicated to the Manhattan Project Story
The Manhattan Project was an unprecedented, top-secret research and development program created during World War II to develop an atomic weapon.
July 14, 2020
In this 2016 photo, schoolchildren explore the B Reactor, a popular field trip destination for elementary, middle, and high schools.
B Reactor: Preserving a Transformative Piece of U.S. History
The atomic age began in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945, with the Trinity Test — the culmination of the top-secret Manhattan Project.
July 14, 2020
Before-and-after photos of the Savannah River Site ash basin cleanup project. Crews remediated over 90 acres of federal property.
DOE Honors SRS Team With Excellence Award for Coal Ash Cleanup
A team from the Savannah River Site that completed cleanup of coal ash-contaminated land a year early and at a savings of more than $8 million
July 14, 2020
Crews are manually adding 12,000 square feet of fabric to the trusses to complete the cover for the protective tent at the Building 3026 demolition project at Oak Ridge.
EM Prepares for Demolition in Heart of ORNL
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and its contractor UCOR are preparing to demolish the remaining structures associated with Building 3026.
July 14, 2020
Savannah River Remediation subcontractor employees set rebar in preparation for the foundation slab at Saltstone Disposal Unit 8.
Next Mega-Volume Saltstone Disposal Unit Taking Shape at SRS
The EM Savannah River Site (SRS) landscape is changing again as Saltstone Disposal Unit (SDU) 8 cell construction work is underway.
July 14, 2020
Upgraded digital technology at the Hanford Tank Farms has eliminated reliance on myriad white boards, clipboards, and paper. The upgrades have also improved worker safety and efficiency, simplified operations, automated data collection, and electronically
Hanford Tank Operations Go Digital to Support 24/7 Waste Treatment
New digital systems have significantly upgraded waste tank operations at the Hanford Site.
July 14, 2020
In this February 2020 photo, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Scientist Jason Walker, left, inspects a new portable air monitoring station, while SRNS Environmental Specialist Jesse Baxley records readings from one of several permanent units at the
New Equipment Strengthens Environmental Monitoring at SRS
The EM program has added two portable units to its network of 14 permanent air monitoring stations at the Savannah River Site.
July 14, 2020
Security Police Officer Garrey with Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, a contractor to EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP), uses one of the site’s new radios to talk with other officers at WVDP.
West Valley Advances Site Security, Safety With New Radios
West Valley Demonstration Project recently enhanced its security and safety by purchasing digital trunked radios that can assign frequency channels.
July 7, 2020
A view of the former K-832 Basin at Oak Ridge before workers removed it.
Crews Remove Basin as Oak Ridge Heads Toward ETTP Cleanup Completion
A basin that once held cooling water used in Oak Ridge’s former uranium enrichment operations has been removed.
July 7, 2020
The EM Richland Operations Office and its contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company are building an off-site mock-up of a conveyance system that will be used to move engineered grout from trucks into three at-risk underground structures on the Hanf
Mock-up to Support Stabilization of Three At-Risk Structures on Hanford Site
The Hanford Site continues a phased remobilization of site operations
July 7, 2020
Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) President and Project Manager Sean Dunagan, center, helps unfurl the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star site flag during a brief ceremony at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in late June. Also pictured, from left
WIPP, SRS Contractors Achieve Voluntary Protection Program Star Status
EM contractors at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Savannah River Sitewere recently awarded Star status for safety and health advances.
July 7, 2020
A shipment of spent nuclear fuel travels from the Advanced Test Reactor Complex to the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center.
Spent Nuclear Fuel Transfers Allow INL to Continue Mission-Critical Work
EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently partnered with Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) to perform transfers of spent nuclear fuel.
July 7, 2020
Workers prepare equipment removed from a recently demolished contaminated structure at the Savannah River Site to be permanently encapsulated within cement-like grout.
SRS Workers Safely Demolish Two Contaminated Structures
EM crews have demolished two small structures formerly used to measure the flow of hazardous wastewater and obtain sample data.
July 7, 2020
Washington River Protection Solutions workers use shielding to remove a highly contaminated thermocouple from a Hanford tank farm. Planning and mock-ups significantly reduced potential exposure risks while removing thermocouples.
Training, Planning Lead to Successful Sensor Removal from Hanford Tanks
EM Hanford tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions is preparing to retrieve radioactive and chemical waste from storage tanks
July 7, 2020
A worker at the West Valley Demonstration Project applies a fixative to the concrete slab of the former Main Plant Office Building to protect employees from potential asbestos.
West Valley Encases Building Slab With Fixative After Removing Asbestos
An EM deactivation and demolition crew at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently encapsulated a concrete slab with a fixative.
July 7, 2020
Isotek employees Shane Miles, left, and Ryan Souza stand behind a cutting tool used to help install new remote manipulators in hot cells at Oak Ridge.
Workers Use Skill, Ingenuity to Install New Manipulators at Oak Ridge
Upgrades and construction are progressing at Building 2026.
July 7, 2020
Advance Agenda Available for 2020 National Cleanup Workshop
Advance Agenda Available for 2020 National Cleanup Workshop
An advance agenda is now available for the 2020 National Cleanup Workshop that will bring together top Department of Energy officials.
July 1, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Awards New Nationwide Deactivation, Decommissioning and Removal Contracts
Today, the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management awarded a set of Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contracts.
June 30, 2020
Chemists Kay Keltner, left, and Jaime Edwards are part of a team at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant that is integrating scientific instruments inside the plant’s Analytical Laboratory. The laboratory is the first nuclear facility in the
Major Hanford Tank Waste Treatment Unit First to Complete Start-up Testing
Workers recently finished start-up testing at the Analytical Laboratory in Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant.
June 30, 2020
As part of the deactivation process, workers from DOE contractor North Wind gather furnishings taken from buildings in the Radioactive Materials Handling Complex that will be demolished later this summer at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.
Crews Mobilize to Resume Demolition at ETEC
Work crews at the Energy Technology Engineering Center are mobilizing for demolition of 10 buildings at the former nuclear and liquid metals site.
June 30, 2020
UCOR began demolition on the Centrifuge Complex during the first half of fiscal 2020. These buildings were the largest remaining buildings at the site and spanned 235,000 square feet.
Oak Ridge’s UCOR Earns 94 Percent of Available Fee for First Half of Fiscal 2020
EM recently awarded Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR $10.4 million for its performance from October 2019 through March 2020.