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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.
July 28, 2020
An EM 2020 Priority: West Valley Moves Closer to Demolishing Main Plant
An EM 2020 Priority: West Valley Moves Closer to Demolishing Main Plant
Workers at the EM West Valley Demonstration Project began demolishing a former utility building this month.
July 28, 2020
The emergency preparedness team at the EM Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant held its first Hazardous Facility Emergency Response Organization tabletop drill recently.
Hanford WTP Holds Drill for Emergency Preparedness
A team at the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant recently held a drill considered an important first step in building an emergency plan.
July 28, 2020
 Paving Around Hanford’s WTP Reshapes Landscape
Paving Around Hanford’s WTP Reshapes Landscape
Before and after views: the landscape around EM’s Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant.
July 28, 2020
Concrete bases are in place for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's new fire water system tanks.
WIPP Upgrades Fire Protection System
Millions of dollars in new and old infrastructure needs protecting at the EM Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
July 28, 2020
Characterization equipment operators Tim Carlton, left, and Todd Shepley perform a virtual equipment test.
SRS Performs Remote Testing on New Waste Characterization Equipment
Savannah River Site employees completed equipment tests virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 28, 2020
2020 National Cleanup Workshop To Be Hosted Virtually
2020 National Cleanup Workshop To Be Hosted Virtually
The 2020 National Cleanup Workshop is being revamped to be a virtual workshop on Sept. 16, 2020.
July 22, 2020
Workers have begun demolition at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility complex at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.
Department of Energy Resumes Active Cleanup at the Energy Technology Engineering Center
DOE has resumed active environmental cleanup at the ETEC, a former nuclear and liquid metals research site in Ventura County, California.
July 21, 2020
Workers have begun demolition at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility complex at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.
Crews Resume Environmental Cleanup at ETEC
Work crews have begun demolishing a set of Department of Energy-owned buildings at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.
July 21, 2020
An aerial view of the massive K-25 footprint spanning 44 acres at Oak Ridge. Future plans call for transforming the footprint into a commemorative site as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
Oak Ridge Completes Major Soil Remediation Project at K-25 Footprint
Workers recently finished removing contaminated soil under a section of the former Building K-25 footprint in another major action
July 21, 2020
Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Continues Progress Toward Commissioning
Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Continues Progress Toward Commissioning
Workers at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) recently completed startup testing on another significant plant system.
July 21, 2020
Before-and-after photos of cleanup of two areas in the F Area Analytical Laboratory facilities at the Savannah River Site.
SRS Achieves Analytical Laboratories Project Milestone Ahead of Schedule
EM recently surpassed a project milestone to clean 20 gloveboxes and radiohoods in the Savannah River National Laboratory.
July 21, 2020
Lee Stevens, a transportation expert with Navarro Research and Engineering, the lead environmental program services contractor for EM Nevada, uses the Nevada National Security Site-based Hazardous Materials Notification System to monitor and manage shipme
How EM Nevada’s Route Monitoring Ensures Safety of Waste Shipments
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered near Lone Pine, California recently prompted rapid notifications from the EM Nevada Program.
July 21, 2020
Fluor Idaho Waste Disposal and Waste Generator Services Manager Bruno Zovi inspects a pending shipment of mixed low-level waste prior to shipment offsite.
Idaho Site Safely Ships Waste to Meet Regulatory Agreements
DOE cleanup agreements with the state of Idaho require EM to ship nuclear waste for disposal
July 21, 2020
A factory acceptance test for a Savannah River Remediation equipment procurement was completed remotely instead of in-person at the manufacturer’s site due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Creativity Leads SRS to Complete Equipment Test During COVID-19 Pandemic
EM and its liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site used creativity to complete a critical equipment test.
July 21, 2020
Patrick Ryan, a technician at Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, collects biological samples from a sedated raccoon.
SRS Landscape Central to National Partnership’s Fight to Eradicate Rabies
The wild lands of the Savannah River Site (SRS) have served as a front line in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s fight to eradicate rabies.
July 16, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Begins Acquisition Planning for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Operations Acquisition
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a Request for Information Sources Sought notice for operation of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
July 16, 2020
DOE Environmental Management News Flash
Expert Acquisition Corps to Advance EM’s Procurement Capacities
EM is further strengthening its procurement capabilities in launching an Acquisition Corps to serve on Acquisition Integrated Project Teams.
July 14, 2020
Cleanup locations at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a Manhattan Project site, include hillsides, canyon sides, and canyon bottoms. This photo shows soil cleanup in Los Alamos Canyon, which is adjacent to the former Technical Area-01.
As U.S. Marks Trinity Test’s 75th Anniversary, EM Continues Progress at Manhattan Project Sites
On July 16, 1945, the world's first nuclear explosion occurred more than 200 miles south of Los Alamos in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
July 14, 2020
Students arrive at B Reactor for a tour. The Department of Energy works with elementary, middle, and high schools around the region to highlight B Reactor’s role in ushering in the atomic age, and the importance of STEM education.
The History of a Park Dedicated to the Manhattan Project Story
The Manhattan Project was an unprecedented, top-secret research and development program created during World War II to develop an atomic weapon.
July 14, 2020
In this 2016 photo, schoolchildren explore the B Reactor, a popular field trip destination for elementary, middle, and high schools.
B Reactor: Preserving a Transformative Piece of U.S. History
The atomic age began in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945, with the Trinity Test — the culmination of the top-secret Manhattan Project.
July 14, 2020
DOE Honors SRS Team With Excellence Award for Coal Ash Cleanup
A team from the Savannah River Site that completed cleanup of coal ash-contaminated land a year early and at a savings of more than $8 million
July 14, 2020
Crews are manually adding 12,000 square feet of fabric to the trusses to complete the cover for the protective tent at the Building 3026 demolition project at Oak Ridge.
EM Prepares for Demolition in Heart of ORNL
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and its contractor UCOR are preparing to demolish the remaining structures associated with Building 3026.
July 14, 2020
Savannah River Remediation subcontractor employees set rebar in preparation for the foundation slab at Saltstone Disposal Unit 8.
Next Mega-Volume Saltstone Disposal Unit Taking Shape at SRS
The EM Savannah River Site (SRS) landscape is changing again as Saltstone Disposal Unit (SDU) 8 cell construction work is underway.