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January 29, 2019
Revegetation is complete for Hanford’s former 618-10 burial ground, representing the culmination of years of work to reduce a significant risk to groundwater and the nearby Columbia River.
Remediated Hanford Waste Site Returning to Nature
EM RL contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) completed revegetation this month at the former 618-10 burial ground.
January 29, 2019
SRNS risk reduction operators Antonio Jenkins, left, and Sylvester Palmer, practice using a tool in a mock-up facility for eventual use in Building 235-F.
SRS M&O Contractor Earns 92 Percent of Available Fee for 10-Month Period
EM awarded SRS management and operations contractor more than $22.5 million for its performance evaluation period of Oct. 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018.
January 29, 2019
During fiscal 2018, CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company began the transport of radioactive sludge to T Plant for safe storage away from the Columbia River.
Cleanup Contractor Earns 80 Percent of Fiscal 2018 Fee at Hanford Site
RL awarded cleanup contractor CHPRC nearly $10.2 million, or about 80 percent of the available fee of almost $12.8 million for fiscal 2018.
January 29, 2019
Mission Support Alliance heavy equipment operators used nine dump trucks, two water trucks, three bulldozers, one road grader, one compactor, and one front-end loader to install the cover for the Hanford Solid Waste Landfill.
Hanford Site Services Provider Receives 94 Percent of Fee for Fiscal 2018
EM’s RL recently awarded the Hanford Site services contractor nearly $21 million, or 94 percent of the available fee for fiscal 2018.
January 29, 2019
A change trailer at Hanford’s tank farm buzzes with activity as employees don or doff personal protective equipment. The facility recently underwent improvements to increase safety and efficiency for employees.
Employee-Led Facility Efficiencies Improve Workflow at Hanford Tank Farms
EM’s ORP and contractor WRPS collaborated to increase efficiency & further enhance safety by improving where workers don and doff protective gear.
January 29, 2019
North Wind Solutions operates the Transuranic Waste Processing Center in Oak Ridge. Employees at the facility process, package, and ship contact-handled and remote-handled transuranic waste for disposal at EM’s WIPP near Carlsbad, NM.
Oak Ridge Contractor Earns 97 Percent of Fee for Yearlong Period
North Wind Solutions earned nearly $383,000, or 97% of the available fee for the performance evaluation period of Oct. 27, 2017 - Oct. 26, 2018.
January 29, 2019
Officials gather for a ribbon cutting ceremony to open an environmental stewardship gallery at the SRS Museum.
SRS Museum Unveils Environmental Stewardship Gallery
The opening of a museum gallery here displays the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) historic and ongoing role in environmental stewardship to the public.
January 28, 2019
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Awards Task Order for the Environmental Management Test Bed Initiative Completion
DOE today announced the award of a cost-plus-fixed-fee task order under the IDIQ contract for the DOE EM Test Bed Initiative (TBI).
January 22, 2019
The Tank Closure Cesium Removal unit, stationed near Tanks 10 and 11 in the SRS H Tank Farm, consists of three modular skids.
Operations Begin for Tank Closure Demonstration Project at Savannah River Site
EM has begun operating a significant tank closure project at SRS, representing a major step forward in the liquid waste cleanup mission at SRS.
January 22, 2019
The custom-made “filter-swab” is used to capture perchloroethylene contamination in the tubing fluid of a deep aquifer monitoring well at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory Site.
EM Rehabilitates Idaho Site Well Using Innovative Technology
EM has rehabilitated a deep aquifer monitoring well at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory Site and will return it to service.
January 22, 2019
A view of the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Oak Ridge Crews to Enhance Safety, Reduce Cost at Former Reactor
EM crews this month began a $4.7 million project that will reduce maintenance and operations costs at ORNL's Molten Salt Reactor Experiment.
January 22, 2019
Savannah River Remediation engineers work in front of the silos at the Saltstone Production Facility, where decontaminated salt solution is mixed with a cement-like grout for safe and permanent storage in the EM's Saltstone Disposal Units.
SRS Facility Produces 30 Million Gallons of Decontaminated Mixture
SRS facility has produced more than 30 million gallons of decontaminated salt solution mixed with a cement-like grout since beginning operations.
January 22, 2019
Workers at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) safely lower a 45-foot-tall, 24.5-ton vessel to support construction of an effluent management facility.
Crews Safely Deliver Large Vessels to Hanford Waste Treatment Plant
Four large corrosion-resistant process vessels recently arrived at Hanford's WTP, marking a significant step in the effluent management construction.
January 22, 2019
PPPO Manager Robert Edwards, shaking hands with Mid-America Conversion Services Union Safety Representative Jeremy Bates & personnel at EM’s Portsmouth Site for a group photo to commemorate all seven DUF6 Conversion Project production lines in operation.
DUF6 Conversion Project Off to Strong Start Following Improvements
EM converted 5,110 metric tons of depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) into a more stable form from October through December last year.
January 22, 2019
Trainers at the Hanford Site’s Maintenance and Storage Facility recently demonstrated the use of different tools, and workers practiced techniques to address complex hazards in the field.
Multipurpose Facility Prepares New Hanford Workers for Cleanup Challenges
Hands-on training in a full-scale mock-up facility is critical to about 40 new employees with EM RL contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company.
January 22, 2019
Radiological Protection Inspector Wanda Patterson gathers information before beginning a radiological survey.
Keeping SRS Workers Safe in Highly Enriched Uranium Campaign
Through deliberate work, planning, and continuous monitoring, EM and the management and operations contractor at SRS ensure the safety of workers.
January 22, 2019
High-resolution aerial photographs allowed EM Richland Operations office contractor Mission Support Alliance to inspect the condition of roofs on the Hanford Site and identify potential hazards, eliminating the need for workers to walk on them.
Hanford Site Contractor Uses Unique Method to Examine Building Safety
EM RL contractor Mission Support Alliance crews soared to new heights to minimize safety hazards for employees working to replace roofs at Hanford.
January 15, 2019
A truck delivers an excavator to the West Valley Demonstration Project for EM’s use in demolition activities.
Cost Savings Grow to $1.8 Million as Two EM Sites Share Equipment
Two EM sites have saved more than $1.8 million by sharing heavy-duty equipment for large demolition activities, and the savings continue to grow.
January 15, 2019
Workers deploy a robotic device to safely investigate and collect data from a potentially hazardous area of a former nuclear processing facility.
Hanford Workers Develop Innovative Tool to Safely Probe Contaminated Facility
Hanford Site workers developed an innovative tool to remotely explore and sample potentially hazardous areas of a former nuclear processing facility.
January 15, 2019
Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth supervisor Bill Bayless, left, and chemical operator Brent Copley monitor uranium hexafluoride transfer operations in support of the decontamination and decommissioning of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in southern Ohio.
Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Awards Fiscal 2018 Contractor Fees
EM recently awarded fees to FBP and three other contractors for their fiscal 2018 performance.
January 15, 2019
Operators use a robotic arm to size a tank at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project.
Idaho Crews Tackle Challenging Waste Boxes
EM and its cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory Site are on a AMWTP mission to segregate debris waste for permanent disposal at WIPP.
January 15, 2019
Surrounded by storage tanks and injection hoses, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s subsurface imaging technology monitors the delivery of a phosphate solution for binding contaminants in the soil at the Hanford Site’s 300 Area.
Imaging Goes Underground at the Hanford Site
At the southern tip of the Hanford Site, the soil beneath the 300 Area contains residual uranium from a handful of removed settling ponds & trenches.
January 15, 2019
Tank farm workers now use a kiosk to gain access to a radiological work area.
ORP Launches Safer, More Efficient Entry System in Radiological Areas
ORP & Hanford tank farms contractor WRPS continuously strive to implement innovative technologies that improve worker safety and efficiency.
January 15, 2019
Fluor Idaho employees hold up their DOE Voluntary Protection Program flag.
Idaho Cleanup Contractor Marks Multiple Safety Successes
A group within a contractor at INL, has achieved a new record by working more than a dozen years without a recordable injury or first-aid incident.
January 15, 2019
Workers replaced 400 light fixtures across 21 waste storage buildings and outdoor areas at Hanford’s Central Waste Complex, improving energy efficiency and visibility and reducing operating costs.
Lighting the Way to Energy Efficiency and Reduced Costs at Hanford
EM crews recently retrofitted lighting at CWC at the Hanford Site, improving working conditions for facility personnel and saving nearly $70,000.