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June 30, 2020
Nye County’s John Klenke collects water samples from an Amargosa Valley location.
EM Nevada Extends Grant for Groundwater Contamination Testing Program
The EM Nevada Program has awarded a two-year grant extension to an intergovernmental groundwater testing program.
June 30, 2020
Kenny Ferguson, director of information technology infrastructure services for Richland Operations Office, inspects for potential damage to an unoccupied facility following the Gable Mountain fire, which burned more than 5,000 acres on the Hanford Site.
Hanford Firefighters Battle Challenging Wildfire
In a well-coordinated effort, the Hanford Fire Department and nearby cities and counties successfully contained a wildfire.
June 26, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Issues Final RFP for New Savannah River National Laboratory Management and Operating Contract
The U.S. DOE Office of EM today issued a Final Request for Proposal for the new, standalone M&O contract for the SRNL, located at SRS near Aiken, SC.
June 23, 2020
Cleanup Program on Pace for Many 2020 Priorities, EM’s Todd Shrader Tells ECA
Cleanup Program on Pace for Many 2020 Priorities, EM’s Todd Shrader Tells ECA
Despite unavoidable impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, EM remains on track this year to realize a number of its cleanup priorities.
June 23, 2020
Crews use large winches to tear down a 180-foot tower of the Centrifuge Complex at Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge Workers Successfully Bring Down ETTP’s Tallest Building
Workers accomplished a major feat during one of the largest and final demolition projects at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
June 23, 2020
The HB Line facility at the Savannah River Site is located on top of the H Canyon chemical separations facility.
SRS Facility's Safe Shutdown Leads to $40 Million in Annual Cost Avoidance
EM workers at the Savannah River Site (SRS) recently finished placing the HB Line.
June 23, 2020
An EM facility disposition crew recently replaced a hoist in the Main Plant Process Building
West Valley Prepares for Future D&D Under New Safety Protocols
An EM facility disposition crew recently replaced a hoist in the Main Plant Process Building.
June 23, 2020
EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) recently released the fiscal 2019 fee determination for Nuclear Waste Partnership
WIPP’s Nuclear Waste Partnership Earns 83 Percent of Available Award Fee in FY19
EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) recently released the fiscal 2019 fee determination for Nuclear Waste Partnership.
June 23, 2020
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s most recent maintenance outage included work on ventilation fan motors and systems, shown here.
Outage Accomplishments Improve Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Operations
EM Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) workers completed an immense amount of work during a two-day planned power outage.
June 23, 2020
Janice Sandford, forefront, and other operators are shown in the Defense Waste Processing Facility control room. Savannah River Remediation recently upgraded its control system hardware and software.
Savannah River Site Completes Significant Computer System Upgrades
The EM program at the Savannah River Site has completed a significant and extensive upgrade to modernize computer systems across the site.
June 17, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Awards New Cleanup Contract at the Nevada National Security Site
Today, the U.S. DOE awarded Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc. the new EM Nevada Environmental Program Services contract.
June 16, 2020
The DOE Office of Legacy Management is set to assume long-term stewardship responsibility for 70 sites — represented by the yellow dots in this map.
EM Nevada Transfer of 70 Sites to Legacy Management Nearly Complete
The EM Nevada Program & DOE Office of Legacy Management are nearing completion of a transfer of long-term stewardship responsibilities to 70 sites.
June 16, 2020
Demolition begins on Building K-2500-H. The facility was located near the massive K-25 gaseous diffusion building and supported demolition efforts for that project.
Oak Ridge Marks Another Teardown on Path to Vision 2020
The Oak Ridge Office of EM (OREM) has conducted large-scale demolition at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) for nearly 15 years.
June 16, 2020
Reinhard Knerr has been selected as manager of the Carlsbad Field Office.
EM Names New WIPP, Los Alamos Managers, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety, Security
EM has named new managers for the Carlsbad & Los Alamos field offices, and a new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety, Security, & Quality Assurance.
June 16, 2020
A view of the Effluent Treatment Facility’s process floor. Since 1995, the facility has processed more than 330 million gallons of contaminated wastewater to remove radioactive and chemical waste.
Hanford Marks 25 Years of Successfully Treating Wastewater
A significant component of EM’s complex chain of Hanford Site waste treatment facilities is marking a 25 years of safely treating contaminated waste.
June 16, 2020
EM workers use a crane to lower a canister filled with spent nuclear fuel into a liner inside the Radioactive Scrap and Waste Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.
Spent Nuclear Fuel Transfers Support EM’s Commitment to State of Idaho
Crews recently completed the first two of nearly 40 shipments of spent nuclear fuel to a temporary storage area at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.
June 16, 2020
John Mills conducts plant gauge checks at the Defense Waste Processing Facility as part of his job as a shift technical engineer for Savannah River Remediation at the Savannah River Site.
Shift Technical Engineer Program Growing to Meet SRS Mission Needs
A team of technical engineers is among the many groups growing to support the increased pace of liquid waste operations at EM’s Savannah River Site.
June 9, 2020
William (Ike White, NNSA chief of staff and associate principal deputy administrator
EM Remains Poised for Strong Year, Transformational Decade, White Says
With cleanup sites beginning to ramp back up to full operations in a phased approach, EM remains poised to complete many of its top priorities.
June 9, 2020
Workers applying a fixative at Hanford Richland site
EM Marks Accomplishments Across Complex During Essential Mission-Critical Period
EM made steady progress in its cleanup mission after most field sites moved into an essential mission-critical operating posture beginning mid-March.
June 9, 2020
Oak Ridge's Centrifuge Complex
Workers Resume Demolition on Oak Ridge’s Centrifuge Complex
Demolition has resumed on the Centrifuge Complex at Oak Ridge's East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) after an almost two-month pause.
June 9, 2020
A new electronic application will significantly reduce the time needed to qualify waste batches to be fed to the Salt Waste Processing Facility when the facility, pictured here, comes online.
New Application Significantly Reduces Prep Time for Waste Processing at SRS
EM has developed a new application capable of reducing by up to 75% of time needed to qualify large quantities of radioactive liquid salt waste.
June 9, 2020
Transplanting vegetation from Canyonlands National Park to the Moab Site
Moab Site Partners With National Park to Recover Plants
This spring, the Moab's UMTRA Project teamed with the National Park Service (NPS) to relocate native plants from the park to the Moab Site.
June 9, 2020
The Oak Ridge Site's "By the Numbers" features facts and figures about cleanup and more.
EM Updates Cleanup 'By the Numbers'
EM has updated its popular “By the Numbers” feature, which illustrates cleanup progress at EM sites through quick and clear infographics.
June 5, 2020
DOE Environmental Management News Flash
DOE Issues Decision on Disposal of Depleted Uranium Oxide From Kentucky, Ohio Plants
The U.S. Department of Energy today issued a formal Record of Decision (ROD) for the safe shipment and disposal of depleted uranium oxide.
May 27, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Issues Final RFP for Idaho Cleanup Project Contract
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management issued a Final Request for Proposals for the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP).