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January 28, 2020
Newspaper From Jan. 27, 1945 Turns Up at Hanford Cleanup Site
Newspaper From Jan. 27, 1945 Turns Up at Hanford Cleanup Site
Seventy-five years ago, a Hanford worker supporting the site’s plutonium enrichment effort was reading the latest from the European Theater of WW II.
January 28, 2020
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Facility Manager Cheryl Parrow monitors work by SRNS Mentor-Protégé Program company US&S at a Savannah River Site administrative facility.
Encouraging Growth in Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs in DOE
EM contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is sharing knowledge and experience with small business mentor-protégé programs.
January 28, 2020
The new fire engine comes with many features, including a wireless communication system, collision airbags, automatic tire chains, light-emitting diode (LED) ladder lighting, lowered hose beds to reduce lifting strains, and a roll-over protection system.
Hanford Site Celebrates New Fire Truck with Traditional Push-in Ceremony
Hanford Site fire department recently debuted a new ladder truck that will play a crucial role in emergency responses.
January 21, 2020
Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) workers inspect two bulk liquid argon storage tanks that are part of the liquid gas storage system at the WTP Analytical Laboratory. The system provides gases such as argon and nitrogen to equipment i
Hanford WTP Laboratory Commissioning Advances With First Test Package
The first commissioning test package was recently approved for the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant.
January 21, 2020
An excavator empties the contents of a sludge drum into a sorting tray at the Accelerated Retrieval Project VII facility.
Sludge Drum Project Progresses at Idaho Site Facility
EM crews have treated and repackaged 100 drums of radioactive sludge waste to date at the Accelerated Retrieval Project.
January 21, 2020
Workers test a modified cutting tool in a mock demonstration before using it to modify storage positions for waste canisters inside the Glass Waste Storage Building 1.
SRS Crews Mark Milestone in Double-Stacking Waste Canister Project
EM crews recently reached a significant milestone by modifying the 1,000th storage position for vitrified waste canisters at the Savannah River Site.
January 21, 2020
Personnel open a 36,000-pound concrete door to enter a hot cell within Building 2026 at Oak Ridge.
Upgrades Prepare Way for Oak Ridge to Process Remaining Uranium-233
Renovations are underway to prepare a facility to process a high-dose portion of the site’s uranium-233 inventory.
January 21, 2020
Cleanup Workers Transform Former Waste Basin Into Grassy Field at SRS
Cleanup Workers Transform Former Waste Basin Into Grassy Field at SRS
A pond-like basin built in the early years of the Cold War was recently re-mediated.
January 21, 2020
Ellie and Kael Tuttle receive artist kits from CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley Facilities Manager Lettie Chilson as a reward for creating drawings for the EM West Valley Demonstration Project’s Family Fun Safety Calendar.
West Valley Calendar Promotes Safety From Perspectives of Children
EM and its cleanup contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project have come up with a new way to raise safety awareness, just in time for 2020!
January 21, 2020
Crews recently replaced a deteriorating, leaking roof at Savannah River Ecology Laboratory at the Savannah River Site.
Crews Replace Roof of Laboratory Integral to Savannah River Site
Workers have replaced the roof of a laboratory important to the Savannah River Site.
January 14, 2020
Crews recently removed asbestos-covered steam lines, at top, to allow construction of new access roads, above, to the Hanford Site’s Integrated Disposal Facility, to prepare for the eventual disposal of vitrified low-activity waste.
Hanford Facility Gearing Up for Tank Waste Disposal Operations
In coming months, Hanford crews will build new access roads and install lighting, utilities, and support buildings.
January 14, 2020
Before and after: Demolition of the 380,000-square-foot K-1037 Building left behind a massive slab, at top, which workers have since removed, above.
Removing Building Slabs is Key to Transforming Oak Ridge Site
The skyline at Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) continually changes as EM completes demolitions.
January 14, 2020
The first Transuranic Package Transporter Model 3 cask shipped in six years recently arrived at EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
Team Effort Ensures Resumption of WIPP’s TRUPACT-III Shipments
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently accepted its first large-box cask in six years.
January 14, 2020
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions employees Erik Tucker, left, and Randy Fanning watch as the inner lid of a High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) spent nuclear fuel shipping cask is removed under water in the L Area disassembly basin.
Two SRS Contractors Receive More Than 95 Percent of Fees for FY19 Periods
Two Savannah River Site (SRS) contractors recently earned 95 percent or more of award fees available to them.
January 14, 2020
An operator inside the former fuel receiving and storage facility at the West Valley Demonstration Project Site pumps a fogging agent inside a pipe to fix suspected contamination. This work was part of deactivating the building for eventual demolition.
West Valley Safely Prepares Spent Fuel Facility for Eventual Demolition
An EM crew recently finished deactivating a facility at the West Valley Demonstration Project Site after safely removing asbestos-containing material.
January 14, 2020
Swift & Staley Inc. employees accept the EHS Today America’s Safest Company award in Dallas, Texas
Paducah Site Contractor Named One of America’s Safest Companies
The environment health and safety magazine has named EM’s prime infrastructure contractor at the Paducah Site as one of America’s Safest Companies.
January 14, 2020
Savannah River Remediation Project Controls Specialist Patrick Cunning pictured at F Tank Farm.
Finance Major Hits Hole-In-One as SRS Project Controls Specialist
Patrick Cunning is navigating the course of costs and schedules for tank closure project teams at EM’s Savannah River Site (SRS).
January 7, 2020
The Centrifuge Complex includes some of the largest remaining structures at the East Tennessee Technology Park. This year, crews will complete all demolitions and major cleanup at the site.
Oak Ridge Set to Make History in 2020
2020 is set to be a historic year for DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM).
January 7, 2020
An aerial view of the West Valley Demonstration Project Site.
EM Awards West Valley Contractor 69 Percent of Fee for Fiscal 2019 Period
EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project Site cleanup contractor recently earned nearly $323,000 of an available award fee of about $467,000.
January 7, 2020
Steven Kirschenmann, left, a training specialist, demonstrates lubrication principles of oil-based lubricants to Columbia Basin College (CBC) students James Longmire, center, and Austin Silveira during a hydraulic and fluid flows class.
College’s Nuclear Program Provides Pipeline for Hanford’s Future Workforce
A nuclear technology program at an area community college helps the Hanford tank operations contractor maintain a stream of qualified applicants.
January 7, 2020
EM recently awarded Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR $20.4 million for its performance from April 2019 through September 2019, amounting to 97 percent of the available fee.
Oak Ridge's UCOR Earns 97 Percent of Fee for Fiscal 2019's Second Half
EM recently awarded Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR $20.4 million for its performance from April 2019 - September 2019, 97% of the available fee.
January 7, 2020
Mission Support Alliance substation electrician Matthew Starkey, left, and environmental compliance officer Mike Demiter perform oil reconditioning on a transformer in the 200 West Area.
Hanford Uses In-House Oil Treatments to Eliminate Waste, Save Money
Electrical utility workers at the Hanford Site have begun using a system that reconditions, or purifies, used oil, reducing environmental waste.
January 7, 2020
Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership workers load debris from the recent cleanout of the C-740 Material Yard, one of the site’s largest storage yards.
Paducah Site Cleanup Workers Achieve One Million Safe Work Hours
Deactivation and remediation workers with FRNP recently surpassed one million work hours without a lost-time accident or illness.
January 7, 2020
Mason Richardson, with the information technology division at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, leads a tour of Evans High School students at the Savannah River Site Data Center.
Students Explore “IT for a Day” at Savannah River Site
During the inaugural “IT for a Day” career tour, local high school students met with IT and human resources employees to learn about working at SRS.
January 7, 2020
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Receiving Inspector Eddie Walters evaluates parts delivered to the Savannah River Site based on quality assurance standards to prevent suspicious items from entering the site’s supply chain.
SRS Training Helps Stop Suspicious Items From Entering Supply Chain
Among the training programs an EM contractor has made available to DOE is one that aims to stop suspicious items from entering the SRS supply chain.