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August 18, 2020
From left to right, Tom Fletcher, EM federal project director for the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, and Val McCain, Bechtel National Inc. project director for the plant, brief U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Energy Secretary Dan Brouillet
Energy Secretary Visits Hanford to View Progress, Plans for Future
Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette had an opportunity last week to see progress being made at the Hanford Site.
August 18, 2020
Building 3005, a former research reactor facility located in the central campus area of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, operated from 1951 to 1968. Experienced crews from East Tennessee Technology Park are transitioning to deactivation efforts inside Build
Experienced Oak Ridge Workforce Transitions to ORNL Cleanup
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor UCOR have begun transitioning its ETTP workforce to new cleanup project.
August 18, 2020
Workers start the demolition of the Utility Room building at the West Valley Demonstration Project, which is one of seven ancillary support buildings being demolished at the site.
West Valley Safely Demolishes Sixth Ancillary Facility Surrounding Main Plant
Crews recently demolished the 6,955 square foot Utility Room building (UR) at the West Valley Demonstration Project.
August 18, 2020
Mine operations technician Ben Medina installs a rock bolt in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant underground. Rock bolts assure ground stability and worker safety in the underground transuranic waste repository.
Crews Safely Slow Salt Rock Movement in WIPP Underground
Crews have marked a significant achievement by installing more than 13,000 bolts this year.
August 18, 2020
In this photo from February, MarCom employees are shown with the company’s mascot, the dog Moxie. MarCom President Marcella Medor is second from left.
Pact Sets Stage for Idaho Site Contractor to Help Small Business Grow
EM’s Idaho National Laboratory Site cleanup contractor has signed a mentor-protégé agreement with a firm named DOE’s Small Business of the Year.
August 18, 2020
A view of the interior of the Savannah River Site H Canyon, where steam provides heat for chemical processing activities and the transfer of radioactive materials between tanks. A dedicated team has been hired to prepare for outages full time at the facil
Savannah River Site Improves Planning for Steam Outages at H Canyon
Employees of the H Canyon at the Savannah River Site recently improved planning for steam outages at the chemical processing.
August 18, 2020
Hanford Site road maintenance worker Chris Bates covers posts with white canvas bags along a section of roadway as part of a pilot project to discourage deer and elk from crossing in front of vehicles.
Hanford Pilot Project Aims to Reduce Roadway Deer, Elk Strikes
EM crews are taking steps to prevent vehicles from striking wild animals on Hanford Site roadways.
August 11, 2020
Training while using COVID-19 safety protocols has kicked off for the final class of 27 technicians who will help prepare Hanford’s massive vitrification plant to start converting millions of gallons of radioactive tank waste into glass for safe disposal.
Final Class of Technicians in Training for Hanford WTP
Training recently kicked off for the final class of commissioning technicians.
August 11, 2020
A conceptual illustration shows an outdoor storage area where large concrete casks designed to hold radioactive cesium and strontium capsules will be placed in a safe, compliant configuration at the Hanford Site.
Progress Moves Hanford Closer to Dry Storage of Radioactive Capsules
Work is progressing on many fronts toward transferring 1,936 highly radioactive cesium and strontium capsules to safer storage at the Hanford Site.
August 11, 2020
Buildings 3034 and 3036 are located at left in Isotope Row in the heart of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Addressing these facilities will eliminate significant risks, and their removal will provide valuable space for new research missions.
EM Advances Next Major Cleanup Phase in Oak Ridge
OREM recently received authority to conduct work inside five buildings at ORNL and Y-12.
August 11, 2020
Nicole Nelson-Jean, manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Savannah River Field Office, said a nuclear security mission has been a feature of the site since its inception 70 years ago.
EM Names Nicole Nelson-Jean as Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations
EM has selected Nicole Nelson-Jean to serve as EM’s associate principal deputy assistant secretary for field operations, effective at the end of this.
August 11, 2020
Alexis Plum, an environmental sciences major at the University of Idaho, is interning onsite at Fluor Idaho this summer. In this photo, Plum is touring the Materials and Fuels Complex Landfill, which was recently covered with native soils. Fluor Idaho is
Virtual and Onsite Summer Internships Support EM Cleanup
Despite limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been interning across the EM complex this summer with the help of creativity.
August 11, 2020
Fluor Idaho Fuel Handling Operator Tyler Lane, right, and Senior Radiological Control Technician Tristan Shurtliff conduct a leak test on a storage vault containing Three Mile Island Unit 2 spent nuclear fuel and debris at the Idaho National Laboratory.
INL Site Cleanup Contractors Collaborate on Spent Nuclear Fuel Project
Crews with EM Idaho National Laboratory Site cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently provided their expertise to a critical sampling effort at site.
August 11, 2020
Savannah River Remediation pipefitters Africona Washington, left, and Brandon Bly support a job safely in H Tank Farm at the Savannah River Site.
Council Honors EM Contractors as Leaders in Safety
Two EM contractors recently earned national recognition for being leaders in safety.
August 4, 2020
Demolition of the Centrifuge Complex at Oak Ridge presented challenges due to the size and height of its structures. Some buildings stood 180 feet tall. That's too tall for conventional demolition equipment designed for buildings with a maximum height of
Crews Finish Takedown of Centrifuge Complex in Oak Ridge
EM’s cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park took a major step forward with removal of the Centrifuge Complex in late July.
August 4, 2020
Hanford Site federal, state, and contractor officials recently broke ground to place a 1,600-foot waste-transfer pipeline that will feed waste pretreated by the Tank-Side Cesium Removal System from the site’s tank farms to the nearby Low-Activity Waste Fa
Hanford Tank Waste Pretreatment System on Schedule
Observing COVID-19 safety protocols, workers recently started construction of concrete pads that will hold a waste pretreatment system.
August 4, 2020
A crew tears down an equipment storage building at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility complex at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.
ETEC Demolitions On Track After Crews Tear Down Seven Buildings
Exceptional progress continues at ETEC in Ventura County, CA with the successful demolition of 7 buildings at the RMHF complex since July 21.
August 4, 2020
The Savannah River Nuclear Solutions site services division managed the safe and successful construction of a second water line to support the Salt Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site.
SRS Crews Build Second Water Line to Support Salt Waste Processing Facility
Workers have successfully supplemented the SRS only water source as the site prepares to achieve an EM 2020 priority: startup of the SWPF.
August 4, 2020
Trucks carrying waste containers leave the West Valley Demonstration Project in late July en route to an offsite disposal facility. Pictured in the background is the Main Plant Process Building, which is set for demolition this year.
West Valley Resumes Shipments of Deactivation and Demolition Waste
WVDP crews resumed waste disposal shipments in late July as part of cleanup efforts after the site moved into the 2nd phase of its operations plan.
August 4, 2020
EM Joins U.S.-Japan Workshop on Potential Decommissioning Collaborations
DOE officials were among the more than 170 government & industry representatives who explored potential collaborations between the U.S. & Japan.
August 4, 2020
Council Honors EM Sites, Contractors for Purchasing Sustainable Products
Several EM sites and contractors across the DOE complex were recognized last week for their efforts to purchase products that protect the environment.
August 4, 2020
The 2020 National Cleanup Workshop is being revamped to be a virtual workshop on Sept. 16, 2020.
Updated Agenda Available for Virtual 2020 National Cleanup Workshop
An updated agenda is now available for the 2020 National Cleanup Workshop, which will take place as a virtual half-day event on Sept. 16, 2020.
July 28, 2020
Demolition begins on Building K-1600. The 42,000-square-foot structure was formerly used as a test and demonstration facility for uranium enrichment centrifuges.
Demolition Underway on Final Building at ETTP in Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and contractor UCOR have begun demolishing Building K-1600.
July 28, 2020
A crew tears down an instrumentation laboratory at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility complex at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.
Crews Tear Down Four Buildings at ETEC Since Active Cleanup Resumed Last Week
EM has marked the successful demolition of four buildings at the Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC) since July 21.
July 28, 2020
EM has named Brian Vance as permanent manager of the Richland Operations Office and Office of River Protection at the Hanford Site.
EM Names Brian Vance as Permanent Manager of Hanford Offices
EM has named Brian Vance as manager, on a permanent basis, of the two offices that supervise cleanup of the Hanford Site.