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February 19, 2019
Debris and soil removed from a remediated waste site is packaged in large containers and transported to Hanford’s onsite landfill for safe disposal.
Hanford Workers Remove Contaminated Wastewater Structure
Workers with EM Richland Operations Office contractor HILL Plateau Remediation Company recently removed a radioactive wastewater structure at Hanford.
February 19, 2019
Floor refinishing and painting in the contact-handled waste bay of the waste handling building were among the maintenance activities completed during a planned outage.
Crews Successfully Complete Maintenance Work in WIPP’s Planned Outage
Crews completed important maintenance projects, some ahead of schedule, during a recent planned outage at EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
February 19, 2019
A Buffalo Fuel Corporation truck leaves the West Valley Demonstration Project Site with a waste shipment for disposal. The subcontract with the company was obtained using the Supply Chain Management Center’s eSourcing tool.
WVDP Exceeds Fiscal 2019 Cost Savings Goal in Three Months
The West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) Site saved more than $600,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
February 19, 2019
Katherine Hernandez joined the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management as a contracting officer in November 2018.
Former Marine Quickly Identified With OREM’s Teamwork Culture as New Employee
While Katherine Hernandez is new to DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM), she already finds it comfortable and familiar.
February 19, 2019
HPM Corporation Clinical Director Dr. Denise Algood, who directs daily clinical operations for the Hanford Site, examines a Hanford worker.
Hanford Site Contractor Earns 90 Percent of Available Fiscal 2018 Fee
EM’s Richland Operations Office has awarded occupational medical services contractor HPM Corporation 90 percent of its available fee for fiscal 2018.
February 19, 2019
Operator Larry Bias works at the Distributed Control System in H Canyon. Bias is one of the approximately 260 employees participating in continuing training at the Savannah River Site.
SRS Organization Expands Employee Training to Strengthen Operations
An organization managed by the management and operations contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) recently expanded its continuing training.
February 19, 2019
Robin Maples, Zack Larson, Joe Jensen, and Quinn Bragg with Mission Support Alliance were among the technicians who replaced access layer switches throughout the Hanford Site.
Successful IT Project Keeps Hanford Workers Connected
Part of a successful cleanup mission means ensuring workers have the proper tools and resources to complete tasks.
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.