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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
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
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.
October 13, 2020
EM’s cleanup has transformed the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant into a multi-use industrial park that is providing new economic opportunities to the community.
Workers Achieve Historic Cleanup of Uranium Enrichment Complex
A decades-long effort to clean and transform the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant is complete.
October 13, 2020
The K-25 site was later named the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant. After environmental cleanup began, it was again renamed the East Tennessee Technology Park to better reflect its future as a transformed, reindustrialized site.
Built in Secret, K-25 Site Would Serve Country for Decades
The K-25 site, now called the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), was built in 1943 in a rural region of East Tennessee.
October 13, 2020
Among the reuses of land at the East Tennessee Technology Park are large solar fields to generate power.
East Tennessee Technology Park Transformation Becomes a Reality
Almost 25 years ago, when the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant sat shuttered with dilapidated, contaminated buildings.
October 13, 2020
Experienced East Tennessee Technology Park workers are moving into facilities such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building 3042, a former research reactor, to begin the next phase of cleanup in Oak Ridge.
Workers Draw From ETTP Experience at Other Oak Ridge Sites
While DOE’s OREM celebrates a historic achievement at ETTP, more work is needed to address old, contaminated structures and modernize other portions.
October 13, 2020
“Pack as you go” waste disposal improves project efficiency and eliminates risks from waste sitting for extended periods outside.
Innovation Accelerates Cleanup, Reduces Cost, Enhances Safety
From a more efficient approach for disposing debris to a digital-based monitoring system that helps detect and prevent heat stress.
October 13, 2020
Janice Shannon has worked in Oak Ridge for 50 years. At the East Tennessee Technology Park, she served in the nuclear materials control and accountability organization.
Generations of Workers Supported Defense Mission, Cleanup
Several generations of employees have worked at the former K-25 site, supporting efforts to produce enriched uranium, and to clean up the site.
October 13, 2020
Dave Adler, deputy designated federal officer of the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board, speaks to board members about cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
Advisory Board Marks 25 Years of Critical Input to Oak Ridge Cleanup
Members of the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) expressed pride as DOE’s OREM transformed ETTP for new uses they helped chart.
October 6, 2020
The white enclosures of the Tank-Side Cesium Removal (TSCR) system are visible adjacent to the Hanford Site’s AP Tank Farm. In the background is the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, where waste pre-treated by TSCR will be heated to 2,100 degrees
Welcome Home to Hanford, Tank-Side Cesium Removal System
Workers moved three enclosures that make up a system that will pretreat Hanford Site tank waste for processing to their permanent home onsite.
October 6, 2020
Crews haul away debris from Oak Ridge's K-1600 demolition project, marking the last of demolition activities at the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
Workers Complete Final Demolition Project at Oak Ridge ETTP
The final unneeded structure at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) has been torn down.
October 6, 2020
An Oak Ridge worker loads the last of all containers of stored wastes from the East Tennessee Technology Park for shipment to off-site disposal facilities, eliminating all wastes managed under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act from the site.
Oak Ridge Clears Stored Waste in Advance of ETTP Cleanup Completion
Oak Ridge crews have removed unneeded buildings at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
October 6, 2020
Chris Graham, calcine retrieval project lead design engineer for EM contractor Fluor Idaho, operates a riser positioning tool with a joy stick at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.
Idaho Site Tests Technologies to Retrieve Calcine Waste
EM and Idaho National Laboratory Site are testing technologies that will enable the retrieval and transfer of a waste called calcine.
October 6, 2020
One of three articulated railcars recently added to the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project. Each railcar can hold four intermodal containers.
Moab Project Ships Largest Trainloads to Date, Expands Disposal Cell
EM’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project is now transporting more residual radioactive material per shipment for disposal than ever.
October 6, 2020
Completed Cleanup Sites Featured in New EM Interactive Map
Completed Cleanup Sites Featured in New EM Interactive Map
EM has created a new interactive map of its completed cleanup sites. Visit
October 6, 2020
From left, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions mechanic Todd Cockrell, engineer John Bradley, and project manager Joao Cardoso-Neto plan the removal and dismantlement of a high-vacuum soil vapor extraction unit at the Savannah River Site.
Savannah River Site Closes Soil Cleanup System, Saving $264,000 Annually
A 12-year cleanup campaign conducted by EM at the Savannah River Site (SRS) has ended successfully.
October 6, 2020
EM and Savannah River Remediation have installed a remote operating station that controls waste-handling components in an adjacent cell at the Defense Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site.
Lab Waste-Handling Changes to Further Improve Worker Safety at SRS
the Savannah River Site (SRS) have developed a system that improves protection for workers who handle and dispose of contaminated laboratory waste.
October 6, 2020
Innovative equipment known as bubblers are used to improve the vitrification process at the Savannah River Site’s Defense Waste Processing Facility.
‘Bubblers’ Provide Decade of Improved DWPF Operations, Preparation for SWPF
Innovative equipment known as “bubblers” have been improving liquid waste operations at EM’s Savannah River Site.
October 6, 2020
From left, Hanford Site carpenters Carl McLaughlin, Rick Russert, Mike Finney, and Doug MacDonald pause for a photo after installing one of 15 landmark signs commemorating cleanup projects across the 580-square-mile site that produced approximately two-th
Landmark Signs Show Progress at the Hanford Site
The posts are up, the paint is dry, and the signs showing Hanford Site cleanup successes are available for viewing.
October 6, 2020
West Valley Encapsulates Slab, Protecting Employees and Environment
West Valley Encapsulates Slab, Protecting Employees and Environment
EM's West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently encapsulated a concrete foundation slab left following the demolition of a utility building.