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November 3, 2020
Aerial images of craters in Yucca Flat including Sedan Crater, located at the north end of Yucca Flat.
EM Nevada Reaches 75% Completion of Groundwater Mission
The EM Nevada Program recently reached the final stage of groundwater activities.
November 3, 2020
A key provision of the Idaho Settlement Agreement is the removal of transuranic waste from the DOE Idaho National Laboratory Site.
Idaho Site Continues Cleanup Progress Under 25-Year-Old Landmark Agreement
It’s been 25 years since EM, the state of Idaho, and U.S. Navy signed a landmark agreement providing timelines for offsite transuranic waste shipments
November 3, 2020
Devan Smith, an engineer for EM Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, monitors progress as workers prepare to stabilize three aging underground disposal structures by filling them with engineered grout.
Hanford Begins Stabilizing Aging Underground Disposal Structures
EM Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor CH2M HILL have begun filling the first of three aging underground structures on the Hanford Site.
November 3, 2020
EM Senior Advisor White Discusses Cleanup With Paducah Community Leaders
EM Senior Advisor White Discusses Cleanup With Paducah Community Leaders
William “Ike” White told members of the community near EM’s Paducah, Kentucky site recently that the cleanup program remains productive amid COVID-19.
November 3, 2020
EM regularly conducts sampling across the Oak Ridge Reservation. The five-year review uses groundwater, surface water, soil, sediment, and data from plant and animal life from fiscal 2016 to fiscal 2020 for its evaluations.
Team Conducts Vital Five-Year Review of Cleanup Measures in Oak Ridge
UCOR are conducting a critical review of remediation measures in place across the Oak Ridge Reservation virtually.
November 3, 2020
One of 44 trucks delivers grout to the West Valley Demonstration Project to place inside a cell 30 feet below ground.
West Valley Grouts Underground Cell in Advance of Major Demolition
EM and cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV) recently began grouting a large underground cell at the West Valley Demonstration Project
November 3, 2020
Preparing collected cones for transport to the facility where their seeds will be extracted and eventually planted.
Collected Pine Cones Help Restore a Forest on Savannah River Site
U.S. Forest Service employees recently held their annual longleaf pine cone collection event on Savannah River Site
October 27, 2020
The Atomic Energy Commission, predecessor to DOE, began testing weapon systems, research rockets, and artillery on the Tonopah Test Range in 1956.
DOE, NNSA Celebrate Transfer of Nevada Sites for Long-Term Stewardship
EM has fulfilled a key part of its mission in Nevada, completing remediation activities on and around the historic Tonopah Test Range.
October 27, 2020
EM Officials Update SSAB Chairs on Progress, Vision for Coming Decade
EM Officials Update SSAB Chairs on Progress, Vision for Coming Decade
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Todd Shrader discussed cleanup progress over the past year and noted the resilience of the EM workforce.
October 27, 2020
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Nicole Nelson-Jean talks to Carlsbad Field Office Deputy (CBFO) Manager Ed Garza during a tour of the underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (
EM Field Operations Leader Tours Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
Nelson-Jean met with CBFO Manager Reinhard Knerr to get an update on progress WIPP has made while adapting to challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
October 27, 2020
A view of the Experimental Gas-Cooled Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and cleanup contractor UCOR are set to fully deactivate the facility for eventual demolition.
EM Prepping Experimental Cold War Reactor for Deactivation in Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management is set to begin cleanup of a first-of-a-kind experimental reactor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
October 27, 2020
Doug Fenske, left, and Byron Gessel, team members with EM Richland Operations Office contractor Mission Support Alliance, demonstrate the use of location intelligence and mixed reality to locate underground utilities.
Mapping Out the Future of the Hanford Site
Mission Support Alliance is rolling out major updates to its use of location intelligence that could change the way work is done at the Hanford Site.
October 27, 2020
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions operators Thomas Dill, Jack Phillips, and Carl Cato use a long-handled tool to position an underwater vacuum on top of a High Flux Isotope Reactor core in L Basin at the Savannah River Site.
Team Innovates With Underwater Vacuuming of Spent Fuel Core Resin at SRS
Employees at the Savannah River Site (SRS) recently began underwater vacuuming to remove resin from a reactor’s spent nuclear fuel cores.
October 27, 2020
Members of the Savannah River Site (SRS) Infectious Disease Response Team, a branch of the SRS Emergency Response Organization, manage the site’s daily COVID-19 pandemic response efforts from the SRS Alternate Emergency Operations Center.
SRS Implements Innovative Emergency Preparedness Drills During Pandemic
The Savannah River Site (SRS) has launched innovative methods to ensure emergency preparedness drills continue in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
October 27, 2020
Divers Perform Underwater Maintenance of Fire Water Storage Tank at West Valley
Divers Perform Underwater Maintenance of Fire Water Storage Tank at West Valley
EM and its cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley recently went underwater to clean and inspect a fire water storage tank at West Valley.
October 20, 2020
Officials with the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remediation Action Project hold up commemorative flags recognizing the milestone of disposing 11 million tons of mill tailings.
Moab Marks Milestone of Moving 11 Million Tons of Mill Tailings for Disposal
EM’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project achieved an EM 2020 priority on Oct. 19.
October 20, 2020
EM continues progress toward its key priority to begin demolition at the Portsmouth Site’s X-326 Process Building, pictured here.
EM Makes Progress on 2020 Priorities at Portsmouth, Brookhaven, ETEC Sites
While adapting operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EM has continued closing in on a key 2020 priority to begin demolition at the Portsmouth Site.
October 20, 2020
Pictured from left are Waste Treatment Completion Company’s Effluent Management Facility startup team members Greg Westby, Roger Tillenburg, James Jones, Duane Almond, Rhonda De Jonghe, and Pete Hingston.
Facility for Treating Hanford Waste Nears 65 Percent Construction Completion
Workers at EM Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant have completed construction of six more systems.
October 20, 2020
Equipment used for treatment of a groundwater plume containing trichloroethylene beneath the Test Area North facility at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.
New Well Set to Enhance Groundwater Treatment at Idaho Site
EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho will assist the U.S. Geological Survey in drilling a well at the north end of the 890-square-mile Idaho site.
October 20, 2020
Employees, known as fissile material handlers, use shielded gloveboxes to dissolve uranium (U)-233 into a low-level form so it can be mixed with grout for safe transportation and disposal.
Crews Implement Upgrades Before Resuming U-233 Processing at Oak Ridge
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor Isotek are resuming uranium (U)-233 processing.
October 20, 2020
A view of demolition on the final uranium enrichment building at the East Tennessee Technology Park at Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge, UCOR are Finalists for Government Team Award
The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and cleanup contractor UCOR are finalists in the 2020 Washington Exec Pinnacle Awards.
October 20, 2020
Hanford tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions recently received an award from the National Safety Council.
Hanford Tank Contractor Receives Community Safety Award
Hanford tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions recently received the National Safety Council’s Community Advancement Award.
October 20, 2020
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) is creating a series of videos and learning resources to bring Savannah River Site (SRS) ecology to classrooms in place of traditional field trips to SRS.
Virtual Field Trips to Savannah River Site Become Reality
EM contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) is bringing the site visit experience to the students virtually.
October 20, 2020
West Valley Removes Acid Recovery Cell Airlock
West Valley Removes Acid Recovery Cell Airlock
Demolition crews at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently demolished an acid recovery cell airlock and lift table.
October 19, 2020
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DOE Issues Draft Request For Proposal Sections for the Moab Remedial Action Contract
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management is issuing Draft Request for Proposal Sections for the Moab Remedial Action.