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February 18, 2020
The EM Nevada Program recently completed environmental corrective actions at 70 sites where historic nuclear weapon system tests and support activities contaminated surface and shallow subsurface soil and debris.
Nevada Team Helps Move Sites to Long-Term Stewardship
The EM Nevada Program recently completed environmental corrective actions at 70 sites.
February 18, 2020
An aerial view of the Savannah River Site solid waste management program area.
DOE Assessment Finds No Deficiencies in SRS Solid Waste Program
A recent DOE assessment found no deficiencies in EM’s solid waste program at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
February 18, 2020
Oak Ridge workers celebrate a safety milestone on the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility project.
Oak Ridge Marks Safety Milestone in Mercury Treatment Facility Project
Oak Ridge workers building the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility recently achieved a safety milestone.
February 18, 2020
Adding a heavy liquid to float waste in a Hanford tank so it could be pumped out was the most challenging step in preparing the tank to support 24/7 operations at a nearby facility that will start turning the waste into glass by the end of 2023.
Making Space: Hanford Prepares Key Tank for Waste Treatment Mission
Hanford Site waste tank has been re-purposed in support of the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste program set to begin treating tank waste by 2023.
February 13, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Issues Special Notice and Draft Performance Work Statement for the Savannah River Site Integrated Mission Completion Contract
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management issued a Special Notice and Draft Performance Work Statement.
February 11, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Issues Draft RFP for Idaho Cleanup Project Contract
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) issued a Draft Request for Proposals for the Idaho Cleanup Project.
February 11, 2020
Before and after: Photos of the Plutonium Finishing Plant’s main processing facility at the Hanford Site from November 2016, at top, and after the completion of demolition earlier this month.
Hanford Crews Complete Demolition of PFP’s Main Processing Facility
The Hanford Site facility that produced two thirds of the nation’s Cold War-era plutonium no longer exists.
February 11, 2020
An EM crew gathers before performing deactivation work inside the K-1006 Building to prepare the facility for demolition.
Oak Ridge Begins Takedown of Last Standing ETTP Lab Facility
Demolition is underway on the last laboratory facility remaining at Oak Ridge's East Tennessee Technology Park.
February 11, 2020
EM workers at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center transfer Experimental Breeder Reactor-II spent nuclear fuel from the Chemical Processing Plant-666 basin to a shipping cask.
Crews to Move Fuel to Dry Storage in Compliance with Idaho Agreement
EM workers are set to soon begin transferring spent nuclear fuel from an underwater basin to a dry storage area at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory.
February 11, 2020
A meteorological tower at EM’s West Valley Demonstration Site recently underwent an annual inspection by the company Mid-State Communications.
West Valley’s 200-Foot Meteorological Tower Passes Inspection
A 200-foot meteorological tower critical to cleanup planning at EMs West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) Site recently passed an annual inspection
February 11, 2020
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February 6, 2020
DOE Environmental Management News Flash
EM Appoints Idaho Cleanup Project Manager
EM announced today the appointment of Connie Flohr as manager of the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
February 4, 2020
EM Senior Advisor Ike White delivers remarks to the annual conference of the Energy Communities Alliance.
Ike White Outlines EM Vision for 2020
EM plans a wide range of accomplishments in 2020.
February 4, 2020
EM crews prepare the next area where transuranic waste will be emplaced at EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. A continuous miner, at left, cuts through salt 2,150 feet beneath the surface.
WIPP Miners Finish Shaping New Waste Disposal Panel
(WIPP) miners recently reached a milestone when they completed a “rough cut,” shaping the next area where transuranic waste will be placed.
February 4, 2020
Bechtel National, Inc. participated in the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce 2nd Annual Diversity Summit to engage with small business owners about opportunities working with the EM Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant.
EM Prime Contractors Surpass Fiscal 2019 Small Business Goals
A number of prime cleanup contractors across the EM complex exceeded annual goals for subcontracting with small businesses.
February 4, 2020
Mission Support Alliance Environmental Scientist Emily Norris checks on the progress of bee nesting in bee boxes recently installed at the Hanford Site.
Hanford Restoring Bee Nesting Habitats
EM Richland Operations Office and contractor Mission Support Alliance are implementing measures to support pollinating insects on the Hanford Site.
February 4, 2020
A close-up view of the water-efficient Parry's Penstemon flowers planted by EM’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project.
Moab Wins Award for Eco-Friendly Purchases
DOE recently recognized EM’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project for excellence in “green purchasing".
February 4, 2020
Activities to Teach About Nevada Cleanup on Hand for Educators
Activities to Teach About Nevada Cleanup on Hand for Educators
The EM Nevada Program shared its Operation Clean Desert learning materials with educators at the Nevada State Science Teachers Association conference.
February 4, 2020
Here, the team makes its presentation to the judges during the final round.
STEM Students Compete to Design Cities in SRS-Managed Event
Forty-three teams of middle school students from across South Carolina built large, complex tabletop models of cities with clean, safe drinking water.
February 3, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Issues Request For Proposal for the Paducah Infrastructure Support Services Contract
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Paducah Infrastructure Support Services Contract.
January 28, 2020
Waste treated and repackaged in the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project’s boxline. Boxlines are huge concrete and metal hot cells where containers of radioactive waste are opened and sorted without exposing workers to hazardous materials inside.
Idaho Facility Successfully Treats, Repackages Challenging Waste
The Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site recently completed remote treatment.
January 28, 2020
Workers for Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth's On-Site Waste Disposal Facility construction project place the facility’s first liner.
EM Awards Fees for Contractors’ Performance at Portsmouth, Paducah Sites
EM has awarded fees to three prime contractors at its Portsmouth, Ohio and Paducah, Kentucky cleanup sites based on their performance in fiscal 2019.
January 28, 2020
Nuclear Waste Partnership welder Ismael Duarte works in a fabrication shop 2,150 feet underground at EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Welding will be among the many activities taking place during the facility’s maintenance outage.
WIPP Set for Upcoming Maintenance Outage
A planned maintenance outage starting in mid-February at EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant will efficiently consolidate multiple projects.
January 28, 2020
Workers with Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos drill a well to monitor the chromium plume underneath Mortandad Canyon at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Los Alamos Contractor Earns 84 Percent of Available Fee
EM’s legacy cleanup contractor at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) earned more than $8.6 million.
January 28, 2020
From left, DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM) Director Carmelo Melendez, LM Fellows Beatriz Perasso and Olivia Bustillo, and Leonel Lagos, the DOE Fellows Program director and principal investigator for the DOE-Florida International University cooperati
EM-University STEM Alliance Opens to DOE’s Legacy Management
A successful collaboration between EM and Florida International University focused on developing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).