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February 12, 2019
Crews stabilize the Building H2 excavation site at the Separations Process Research Unit to prepare for the 2019 winter season.
SPRU Reaches Milestone With Conclusion of Demolition Work
EM and cleanup contractor AECOM have marked a major milestone with the removal of all buildings, foundations, and debris at the Separations Process.
February 12, 2019
A truck ships the last excavator used in cleanup at the Separations Process Research Unit on Jan. 24.
Tank Farm Pump Pull Moves ORP Closer to DFLAW Operations
EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) and its tank farm contractor have safely completed a pump removal of outdated, contaminated equipment.
February 12, 2019
Mill tailings are shipped by rail to the Crescent Junction disposal cell.
Moab UMTRA Project Doubles Weekly Train Shipments
EM’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project recently began doubling its weekly mill tailings train shipments from two to four.
February 12, 2019
The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and cleanup contractor UCOR began demolition this week on Building K-1037 at the East Tennessee Technology Park. The project is scheduled for completion later this year.
Demolition of ETTP’s Largest Remaining Structure Begins at Oak Ridge
Demolition of the largest facility still standing at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) is underway.
February 12, 2019
EM and Fluor Idaho previously used buckets that each held eight Advanced Test Reactor fuel elements. Crews stacked two of these buckets inside each fuel canister for a total of 16 spent fuel elements per canister in storage.
New Spent Nuclear Fuel Buckets at INL Site Extend Storage Facility’s Mission
EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site created inventive new fuel buckets.
February 12, 2019
Buddy Cunningham, a construction project manager with CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, checks equipment at the Hanford Site’s recently expanded groundwater extraction system.
Project Boosts Efficiency of Hanford Groundwater Extraction System
A expansion of the Hanford Site’s groundwater extraction system allows EM’s Richland Operations Office and CH2M HILL to treat contaminated water
February 12, 2019
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Manager Jay Mullis, left, and UCOR Environment, Safety and Health and Quality Assurance Manager Clint Wolfley, right, recognize UCOR President and CEO Ken Rueter for being named a 2019 CEO Who “Gets It” by the
National Safety Council Honors Oak Ridge Contractor CEO
The National Safety Council has recognized the head of Oak Ridge’s lead environmental cleanup contractor as a 2019 CEO Who “Gets It".
February 12, 2019
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions President and CEO Stuart MacVean addresses members of its mentor-protégé program at their quarterly continuous improvement event.
DOE, SRNS Gather With Protégés to Reflect on Mentorship Program Success
DOE officials joined with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and its subcontractors for a event focused on improvement of the mentor-protege program.
February 5, 2019
Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists gather sampling data from the East Fork Poplar Creek.
Environmental Research Provides Key Insights for Mercury Cleanup
Researchers at ORNL's Aquatic Ecological Laboratory are advancing the understanding of mercury’s impact on fish, wildlife, and streams.
February 5, 2019
From left, Matt Miller, Alexander Pappas, and Eric Riel of Washington River Protection Solutions recently collected 360-degree photos of TX Farm. The photos were compiled into a virtual inspection to be used by surface barrier design engineers.
Virtual Capabilities Help Engineers Design Hanford Tank Farm Barrier
EM’s Office of River Protection and its tank farms contractor are set to use virtual capabilities to inspect an upcoming project.
February 5, 2019
EM and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions are using oxidants to neutralize solvents found in groundwater beneath the Savannah River Site in a field-scale test. The oxidants destroy the waste solvents, producing non-toxic byproducts.
Oxidants Neutralize Waste Solvents in Savannah River Site Aquifer
EM and the management & operations contractor at SRS are making significant progress towards removing solvents from the groundwater beneath the site.
February 5, 2019
CHBWV crews use a large crane to load a section of a shield door from the site’s vitrification plant during demolition activities.
West Valley Achieves One Million Work Hours Without Lost-Time Accident
EM’s cleanup contractor at the WVDP Site recently surpassed one million work hours without a lost-time accident or illness.
February 5, 2019
EM Office of River Protection Manager Brian Vance speaks to more than 80 senior leaders from more than 14 Hanford Site organizations during a recent operations leadership workshop.
Hanford Leadership Energized for DFLAW Operations, Other Transitions
EM ORP Manager Brian Vance speaks to more than 80 senior leaders from more than 14 Hanford Site organizations during a recent operations leadership wo
February 5, 2019
EM Richland Operations Office (RL) Project Engineer Ben Vannah stands outside the RL building in Richland, Washington.
Worker Enjoys Dual Job Challenge of Learning and Teaching at Hanford
For Ben Vannah, with the EM Richland Operations Office (RL), commitment to his job is all about the people and the environment.
February 5, 2019
Employees emplace transuranic waste 2,150 feet underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for permanent, safe disposal.
EM Marks Waste Disposal Milestone at WIPP
EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently marked a milestone when a room in the facility reached capacity with transuranic (TRU) waste.
February 5, 2019
Mission Support Alliance works with contractors across the Hanford Site.
Hanford Site Energy Efficiency Incentives Soar
Contractors at the Hanford Site are expected to earn more than $1.1 million in government incentives for saving energy over the past four years
February 5, 2019
The plate at the bottom of the shielded transfer system helps align fuel shipping casks into the system.
Innovation Leads to Efficient Resolution of SRS Equipment Issue
Innovative engineers found a cost effective fix for equipment used in EM’s spent nuclear fuel processing at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
January 29, 2019
Portals across the East Tennessee Technology Park site are being demolished as access restrictions are no longer needed for many areas of the site.
Removal of Portals Another Step in Progress at Oak Ridge ETTP
EM and cleanup contractor UCOR are demolishing the portals that once controlled access to the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
January 29, 2019
Workers at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant recently completed turnover of the Analytical Laboratory to the full startup and testing phase.
Hanford WTP Turns Over Analytical Laboratory to Startup Phase
Hanford’s WTP team achieved a significant accomplishment recently as construction crews completed turnover of the Analytical Laboratory systems.
January 29, 2019
Savannah River Remediation workers prep the process enclosure foundation for Tank Closure Cesium Removal at the Savannah River Site’s H Tank Farm.
Savannah River Remediation Earns $12.5 Million Fee From January-May 2018
SRS awarded its liquid waste contractor more than $12.5 million in available fee for the performance evaluation period of Jan. 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018.
January 29, 2019
Revegetation is complete for Hanford’s former 618-10 burial ground, representing the culmination of years of work to reduce a significant risk to groundwater and the nearby Columbia River.
Remediated Hanford Waste Site Returning to Nature
EM RL contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) completed revegetation this month at the former 618-10 burial ground.
January 29, 2019
SRNS risk reduction operators Antonio Jenkins, left, and Sylvester Palmer, practice using a tool in a mock-up facility for eventual use in Building 235-F.
SRS M&O Contractor Earns 92 Percent of Available Fee for 10-Month Period
EM awarded SRS management and operations contractor more than $22.5 million for its performance evaluation period of Oct. 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018.
January 29, 2019
During fiscal 2018, CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company began the transport of radioactive sludge to T Plant for safe storage away from the Columbia River.
Cleanup Contractor Earns 80 Percent of Fiscal 2018 Fee at Hanford Site
RL awarded cleanup contractor CHPRC nearly $10.2 million, or about 80 percent of the available fee of almost $12.8 million for fiscal 2018.
January 29, 2019
Mission Support Alliance heavy equipment operators used nine dump trucks, two water trucks, three bulldozers, one road grader, one compactor, and one front-end loader to install the cover for the Hanford Solid Waste Landfill.
Hanford Site Services Provider Receives 94 Percent of Fee for Fiscal 2018
EM’s RL recently awarded the Hanford Site services contractor nearly $21 million, or 94 percent of the available fee for fiscal 2018.
January 29, 2019
A change trailer at Hanford’s tank farm buzzes with activity as employees don or doff personal protective equipment. The facility recently underwent improvements to increase safety and efficiency for employees.
Employee-Led Facility Efficiencies Improve Workflow at Hanford Tank Farms
EM’s ORP and contractor WRPS collaborated to increase efficiency & further enhance safety by improving where workers don and doff protective gear.