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September 15, 2020
Defense Waste Processing Facility operator Stephen Potter assembles a double-stack plug grapple adapter before a feasibility demonstration.
Project to Double-Stack SRS Waste Canisters Gains Ground
EM liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site are advancing a project to double-stack canisters containing high-level radioactive waste.
September 15, 2020
Archaeologist Lindsay Kiel with EM Richland Operations Office contractor Mission Support Alliance takes field notes during an archaeological survey on Hanford’s Central Plateau.
Protecting Cultural and Ecological Resources at the Hanford Site
The Hanford Site’s distinct history and ecosystem are positioned to stand the test of time thanks to the preservation and conservation efforts.
September 15, 2020
Employees for the Hanford Site’s 283 West Water Treatment Plant — from left, Vinni Dragoo, Richard Herrera, Ed Lerma, Burke Neuman, and Bob Ward — display the Silver Certificate of Achievement presented by the Washington State Department of Health. The aw
Hanford Water Plant Receives Statewide Recognition
The Washington State Department of Health presented its distinguished Silver Certificate of Achievement to water treatment plant staff at the Hanford.
September 8, 2020
Hanford’s largest groundwater treatment plant, the 200 West Pump and Treat Facility, helps the site meet its goal of removing tons of chemical and radioactive contaminants from more than 2 billion gallons of groundwater each year.
Hanford Treats More Than 2 Billion Gallons of Groundwater Six Years in A Row
Workers at the Hanford Site are celebrating another year of significant progress in protecting the Columbia River.
September 8, 2020
EM Hanford and tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions installed a new state-of-the-art ventilation system in Hanford’s A Tank Farm.
New Ventilation System Increases Safety Margin for Hanford Waste Tank Workers
– EM Hanford and its tank operations contractor, have enhanced safety for workers by installing a new exhauster ventilation system above waste tanks.
September 8, 2020
– EM crews recently took down the eighth of 10 buildings set for demolition at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility
Crews Knock Down 8 of 10 Buildings, Making Headway in ETEC Cleanup
EM crews recently took down the eighth of 10 buildings set for demolition at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility
September 8, 2020
A view of an Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project boxline where sludge waste is being treated at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.
EM Enlists Additional Idaho Site Facility for Sludge Drum Repackaging
EM and its cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory Site are doubling efforts to treat and repackage drums of radioactive sludge water.
September 8, 2020
West Valley Prepares for Major Facility Demolition
West Valley Prepares for Major Facility Demolition
The West Valley Demonstration Project has obtained a fork truck capable of lifting more than 90,000 pounds for waste removal in the future demolition.
September 8, 2020
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions mechanic Curtis Williford helps remove the cover of an industrial wastewater tank within a containment pit at the Savannah River Site.
SRS Removes Silver-Bearing Sludge From Tank to Recover Precious Metal
EM and the management and operations contractor at the Savannah River Site have successfully removed sludge containing silver from an industrial waste
September 8, 2020
Last week, crews moved a massive 50,000-tank into position to support efforts at the Sludge Processing Mock Test Facility under construction at Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge Constructing Test Facility for Sludge Processing
Construction is underway on the $10 million Sludge Processing Mock Test Facility.
September 8, 2020
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Senior Health Physicist Michael Ratliff, left, examines parts created by SRNS Principal Scientist Andy Warren using a 3D printer.
3D Printing Improves Radiological Safety at SRS at Low Cost
An employee at the Savannah River Site recently discovered how 3D printers can create unique objects at a low cost to improve safety and operations.
September 1, 2020
A bucket of excavated dirt is lifted out of the utility shaft that is being excavated at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
WIPP Reaches Early Milestone in Work to Increase Underground Ventilation
A project at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has reached an early milestone as crews embark on a new phase to excavate a new utility shaft.
September 1, 2020
Operator Charlie Stokes uses a specialized cart to move material through a glovebox mock-up as part of training activities for resuming work in the K Area Interim Surveillance glovebox at the Savannah River Site following completion of a process optimizat
SRS Enhances Safety, Creates Efficiencies in Plutonium Downblend Process
The management and operations contractor at the Savannah River Site recently completed a three-phase process optimization outage.
September 1, 2020
Crews Make Headway on Hanford Tank Farm Improvement Project
Crews Make Headway on Hanford Tank Farm Improvement Project
Crews at Hanford’s tank farms recently completed removal and staging of 52 large concrete covers.
September 1, 2020
Hanford Employees Conduct Weigh-ins to Ensure Sludge is Safely Maintained
Hanford Employees Conduct Weigh-ins to Ensure Sludge is Safely Maintained
It’s weigh-in time for engineered containers of radioactive sludge from the Hanford Site’s K West Reactor.
September 1, 2020
This screen-capture shows a student discussing a weather station lesson at the Virtual STEM Camp in August (photo courtesy of Ohio University).
EM Supports ‘Virtual STEM Camp’ for Ohio Youth
A virtual science, technology, engineering, and math camp supported by a grant from EM was conducted recently.
September 1, 2020
Tim Melberg, UCOR’s manager of supply chain management, speaks at the company’s eighth annual Small Business Awards Program. The event recognized top performers whose exceptional performance contributed to cleanup accomplishments.
Oak Ridge Continues Tradition of Recognizing Top-Performing Small Businesses
EM mission was on full display last week at the eighth annual Small Business Awards Breakfast.
August 25, 2020
Chemists Kay Keltner, left, and Jaime Edwards are part of a team at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant that is integrating scientific instruments inside the Analytical Laboratory.
EM Continues Progress On 2020 Priorities
EM is continuing to make progress on its 2020 priorities
August 25, 2020
The Shift Operating Base inside the Plutonium Fuel Form Facility was a clean area that allowed operators to use manipulators to work with material inside the cells.
SRS Completes Risk Reduction Activities in Building Used to Produce Fuel for Space Program
Workers at the Savannah River Site have completed risk reduction and cleanup activities in a building containing residual plutonium.
August 25, 2020
Chemists at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, such as Jaime Edwards, developed training and procedures and verified laboratory equipment performance over the past two years.
Chemists Make Final Move to Hanford WTP Analytical Laboratory
A team of chemists and lab technicians has moved into its permanent home in the Analytical Laboratory.
August 25, 2020
Following cover placement, the Materials and Fuels Complex Landfill was reseeded and mulched. In a few years, it will look like the surrounding terrain.
Idaho Crews Complete Landfill Cover
Work crews at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site have completed the installation of a soil cover over a construction debris landfill.
August 25, 2020
EM Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company tests an off-site mock-up of a conveyance system that will be used to move engineered grout from trucks into three at-risk underground structures.
Progress Continues on Hanford Project to Stabilize At-Risk Structures
A Hanford Site project to stabilize three at-risk underground structures with engineered grout is well underway.
August 25, 2020
From left, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions IT Network Engineers Alan Chafin, Kyle Garner, and Nicole Arnold complete the configuration of 800 computer network switches in dozens of buildings across the Savannah River Site.
SRS 'Switches IT Up,' Optimizing Cybersecurity
The future of cybersecurity was brought to reality at the Savannah River Site with a hardware upgrade that replaced 800 computer network switches.
August 18, 2020
From left to right, Tom Fletcher, EM federal project director for the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, and Val McCain, Bechtel National Inc. project director for the plant, brief U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Energy Secretary Dan Brouillet
Energy Secretary Visits Hanford to View Progress, Plans for Future
Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette had an opportunity last week to see progress being made at the Hanford Site.
August 18, 2020
Building 3005, a former research reactor facility located in the central campus area of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, operated from 1951 to 1968. Experienced crews from East Tennessee Technology Park are transitioning to deactivation efforts inside Build
Experienced Oak Ridge Workforce Transitions to ORNL Cleanup
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor UCOR have begun transitioning its ETTP workforce to new cleanup project.