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November 17, 2020
Crews Prep for Final Major Teardown at West Valley
Crews Prep for Final Major Teardown at West Valley
Crews prepared a large demolition excavator for the installation of a long-reach arm as they readied for the future teardown.
November 17, 2020
Savannah River Operations Office Engineer Joel Maul talks with students at Diamond Lakes Elementary School in Hephzibah, Georgia during a visit after several weeks of correspondence with the students.
Students, SRS Experts Engage in ‘STEMulating' Conversations
Students are becoming pen pals with Savannah River Site (SRS) employees whose degrees and careers involve science, technology, engineering, and math.
November 10, 2020
The first new air monitoring station is delivered to its installation location on Hewes Road at the Portsmouth Site.
Portsmouth Site, State Enhance Air Monitoring Ahead of Major Demolitions
Additional air monitoring stations are being installed that will enhance environmental and radiological data collection during demolition.
November 10, 2020
An aerial view of the Salt Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site.
Salt Waste Processing Facility Operations Underway at SRS
The Salt Waste Processing Facility designed to significantly increase the Savannah River Site's ability to empty and close radioactive waste tanks.
November 10, 2020
EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White, fourth from right, got a firsthand look at facilities and systems that make up the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) system at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant during a visit on Oct. 28.
Hanford Completes Key Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste Milestones
EM recently declared major design work complete for Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) facilities at the Hanford Site.
November 10, 2020
EM Richland Operations Office contractor Mission Support Alliance has awarded a subcontract for construction of a 10,000-square-foot water treatment facility that will support the site’s shift to 24/7 operations to treat tank waste and also meet the deman
Subcontract Awarded to Support Hanford Tank Waste Treatment, Risk Reduction
EM Richland Operations Office (RL) contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA) has awarded a $13 million subcontract to Fowler General Construction.
November 10, 2020
Team members at the Denver Federal Center are shown after loading archive material for secure transport to Los Alamos National Laboratory in August.
EM, Los Alamos National Laboratory Preserve America’s Nuclear Knowledge Base
A little-known team of experts at the Denver Federal Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory is preserving America’s nuclear weapons research.
November 10, 2020
Workers at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) demolished a nearly 7,000-square-foot utility building, shown here, earlier this year. WVDP cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley received the DOE Voluntary Protection Program Star of Excelle
EM Contractors Recognized for Safety and Health Excellence
EM contractors across the complex have been honored with a variety of awards for safety and health excellence in DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program.
November 10, 2020
Blind spot technology being installed on UCOR vehicles features a display that alerts drivers when a person or object is nearby. Pictured is UCOR employee Nate Smith.
Oak Ridge’s New Technologies Ensure Vehicle Safety
EM’s cleanup at Oak Ridge is supported by numerous vehicles that ship waste, transport personnel, and deliver items.
November 3, 2020
During a visit to the Hanford Site last week, EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White, left, got a look inside enclosures for the pretreatment system that will prepare waste from Hanford’s large underground tanks.
EM Chief Gets Firsthand Look at Hanford Site Progress
EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White visited the Hanford Site last week to view progress on the environmental cleanup mission.
November 3, 2020
Workers at the Paducah Site load depleted uranium oxide cylinders onto a specialized railcar for shipment to the Waste Control Specialists Federal Waste Facility.
Milestone Reached as First Shipment of Uranium Oxide Reaches Final Disposition
The first shipment of depleted uranium oxide (DUO) product recently left the Paducah Site in Kentucky and safely reached its final destination.
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.