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February 2, 2021
Changes to a circuit breaker maintenance program by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions site services and engineering personnel resulted in a savings of $1.3 million.
SRS Contractor Saves $12.7 Million, Surpassing Annual EM Challenge
Employees with the management and operations contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) achieved $12.7 million in cost savings in the fiscal year.
February 2, 2021
Before-and-after views show a walkway outside the Chemical Processing Plant-1671 that received new asphalt as part of infrastructure improvements at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center.
Idaho Site Facility Gets New Lease on Life with Substantial Upgrades
EM has made a sizable investment over the last five years to improve infrastructure and support.
February 2, 2021
EM crews at Los Alamos National Laboratory empty purged well water into a truck for offsite disposal.
Los Alamos Protects Environment by Disposing of Purged Well Water, Industrial Materials
Since September, crews have shipped more than 211,000 gallons of purged well water and drilling fluids.
February 2, 2021
Workers install a backup diesel generator at Building 2026. If there is a loss of power, it can produce enough power to maintain operation of equipment necessary to process uranium-233 at Oak Ridge.
Major Construction in Oak Ridge to Enable U-233 Processing This Fall
or construction upgrades are progressing.
February 2, 2021
Calloway County Middle School eighth-grader Kaylee Tharp, left, and Calloway County Academic Team Coach Scott Pile model the DOE West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl t-shirts featuring Tharp’s design.
Middle Schooler’s Winning Design Highlights Science Bowl Kickoff
A winning design by eighth-grader Kaylee Tharp will decorate the official t-shirt of DOE’s 13th Annual West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl.
January 26, 2021
Over 14 months through October 2019, Hanford Site workers moved 35 cubic yards of radioactive reactor sludge away from the Columbia River and finished the project on time and $21 million under budget.
Three EM Teams Honored With Secretary of Energy Achievement Awards
DOE recently announced the recipients of the Secretary’s Honor Awards, and three EM teams — two from the Hanford Site and one from Oak Ridge.
January 26, 2021
EM crews cleaned and demolished Column Exchange (COLEX) equipment on the west end of the Alpha-4 Building at the Y-12 National Security Complex. So far, the effort has retrieved more than 10,000 pounds of mercury.
Oak Ridge Workers’ Innovation Leads to Savings Across DOE Programs
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor UCOR have found a way to reuse mercury collected from a cleanup project.
January 26, 2021
Startup engineer Tanny Doan, left, and Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Completion Manager Scott Miller discuss mechanical equipment testing on the two units that make up the “bogie,” or cart transport rail system.
Hanford Tests Low-Activity Waste Facility ‘Bogie’ Transport System
EM ORP & contractor Bechtel National, Inc. continue to make progress in their mission to process & stabilize millions of gallons of radioactive waste.
January 26, 2021
Before and after: A former waste basin near the center of the 300-square-mile Savannah River Site is shown at left prior to cleanup. Workers completed cleanup of the site, transforming it into an open field of grass, at right.
A Look Back at Cleanup Success at Savannah River Site in 2020
EM and management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) completed six major environmental cleanup projects at the SRS.
January 26, 2021
EM and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions have transferred spent nuclear fuel from H Canyon to the Defense Waste Processing Facility for processing two years ahead of schedule at the Savannah River Site.
SRS Transfers Spent Nuclear Fuel, Opening Space for Mission Work
EM workers at the Savannah River Site (SRS) recently began transferring dissolved spent nuclear fuel to a waste processing facility two years early.
January 26, 2021
John Eschenberg, president and CEO for EM Tank Operations Contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) at the Hanford Site, was named a CEO Who “Gets It” by the National Safety Council.
Hanford, SRS Contractor Presidents Receive National Safety Leadership Awards
The presidents of two EM cleanup contractors have each won a national award for their commitment to safety.
January 26, 2021
CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley Facility Disposition Supervisor Tim Wittmeyer, left, and co-worker Mike Sexton demonstrate donning and doffing personal protective equipment during a mock-up session at the West Valley Demonstration Project.
West Valley Employees Improve ‘Suit-up’ for Contaminated Cell Entry
A crew at EM’s WVDP recently conducted several mock-up sessions in which employees practiced properly suiting up before entering the Main Plant.
January 19, 2021
An aerial view of the Salt Waste Processing Facility.
SWPF Completes Hot Commissioning, Begins Full Radioactive Operations
EM has successfully completed the hot commissioning testing phase of operations at the Salt Waste Processing Facility.
January 19, 2021
Chemist Kay Keltner with EM Office of River Protection contractor Bechtel National, Inc. works inside the Analytical Laboratory at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant to prepare for cold commissioning.
WTP Lab Deemed Ready to Operate at Hanford
The EM Office of River Protection (ORP) and its contractor Bechtel National, Inc. recently determined the Hanford Site’s Analytical Laboratory.
January 19, 2021
EM Senior Advisor William "Ike" White
EM, State Officials Underscore Importance of Partnerships Built on Trust
EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Todd Shrader emphasized the importance of collaboration and effective partnerships.
January 19, 2021
Hanford Moves Closer to Tank Waste Pretreatment
Hanford Moves Closer to Tank Waste Pretreatment
EM’s Office of River Protection made another step toward pretreatment of tank waste on the Hanford Site.
January 19, 2021
Workers at the Radioassay and Nondestructive Testing facility at the Los Alamos National Laboratory load the first comingled transuranic waste shipment from EM and the National Nuclear Security Administration.
EM-NNSA Collaboration Leads to First Los Alamos Comingled Transuranic Waste Shipment
The EM and National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos field offices completed their first comingled shipment of transuranic waste.
January 19, 2021
Crews Are Midway Through Brookhaven Reactor Stack Demolition
Crews Are Midway Through Brookhaven Reactor Stack Demolition
Demolition of the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s High Flux Beam Reactor (HFBR) exhaust stack is underway.
January 19, 2021
Pictured with this year’s Family Fun Safety Calendar are Jordan Seltzer, left, and Mary Janik with the CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley records management division.
West Valley Promotes Safety Through the Eyes of Children in 2021 Calendar
and EM and its cleanup contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) have created a new calendar to raise safety awareness.
January 19, 2021
Brad Clark, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) operations support specialist, left, and Andrew Ellsworth, SRNS maintenance coordinator, inspect a steam trap.
‘What are Those Pipes For?’ SRS Sheds Light on Steam Generation History
Large silver pipes that crisscross the Savannah River Site (SRS) and run along many of its roadways.
January 19, 2021
In past years, EM used in situ decommissioning for the U Canyon at the Hanford Site; two facilities at the Idaho National Laboratory Site; and the P and R reactors and Heavy Water Components Test Reactor, pictured here, at the Savannah River Site.
Agencies from U.S., U.K., and Canada Focus on In Situ Decommissioning
EM joined other government organizations and stakeholders from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
January 19, 2021
Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership Program Manager Myrna Redfield participates in a NAACP virtual award presentation to announce winners of this year’s Fredericka Hargrove Essay and Poster Contest.
Paducah Site Contractor Presents Awards on MLK Day
FRNP is the Paducah Site deactivation and remediation contractor for EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office.
January 13, 2021
The keys signify the turnover of the facilities used in the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste approach from construction to commissioning and startup.
DOE Leaders Announce Completion of Key Step Toward Hanford Tank Waste Treatment
Energy Secretary Mark W. Menezes and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar visited the Hanford Site last week to mark the completion of construction
January 13, 2021
EM 2020 Mission Priorities Scorecard
The Results Are In — EM Accomplished Bulk of 2020 Cleanup Priorities
Workers completed demolition at the East Tennessee Technology Park, making it the first site in the world to remove an entire uranium complex.
January 13, 2021
EM Office of River Protection contractor Washington River Protection Solutions recently began retrieving waste from single-shell tank AX-104 at the Hanford Site. The waste is being transferred to a more robust double-shell tank for safe storage.
Hanford Workers Retrieving Waste from Another Single-Shell Tank
EM’s Office of River Protection continues to make substantial progress in its mission to safely and efficiently reduce risk at the Hanford Site.