EM Newsletters

You are here

March 10, 2020
A wall crawler inserts an inspection sensor into a small air slot under the inner shell of a Hanford double-shell tank. In this waste storage tank, operators surveyed six air slots to obtain tank-bottom thickness readings at multiple locations.
Hanford Uses Innovative Robotic System to Inspect Bottom of Waste Storage Tanks
EM's Office of River Protection used an innovative robotic system that employs ultrasonic sound waves to help engineers detect and mitigate corrosion.
March 10, 2020
Ceramic filters before and after testing. Based on extended pilot plant testing, research has shown that the formation of a "filter cake" on the ceramic filters, as shown below, is necessary to prevent plugging and provide for greater operating efficiency
Testing Shows Promising Results for Ceramic Filters Slated for Use at Idaho Treatment Plant
New filters proposed for a key waste treatment facility at the Idaho National Laboratory site underwent extensive testing recently.
March 10, 2020
A crane lowers one of the five new vessels for a new modernized zeolite treatment system at Building 3608 in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s central campus area. It replaces an aging system in Building 3544.
Oak Ridge Modernizes Critical Wastewater Treatment System
EM workers are making progress upgrading aging radiological wastewater treatment infrastructure essential to Oak Ridge National Laboratory operations.
March 10, 2020
Workers with Hanford contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company test a robotic crawler on the roof of a former fuel storage bunker. The crawler was used to safely evaluate the load capacity of the roof as part of preparations for future demolition a
Remote Crawler Helps Pave Way for Safe Demolition of Aging Hanford Structure
Workers recently sent a robotic crawler on an advance scouting mission to ensure the safety of crews preparing an aging structure.
March 10, 2020
Hanford Effluent Management Facility Powerhouse Powers Up
Hanford Effluent Management Facility Powerhouse Powers Up
Crews at Hanford Site's Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant recently completed construction and startup at the Effluent Management Facility.
March 10, 2020
Mike Franklin, a field radiological engineer with UCOR, shows students how to use instrumentation to survey and detect radiation at the STEM event at Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge.
Hundreds of Families Attend Oak Ridge STEM Event
Oak Ridge’s EM program and two of its contractors, UCOR and Isotek, recently supported a local middle school’s STEM night.
March 10, 2020
Norbert Doyle, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition & Program Management discusses EM’s mission and major contracting opportunities during the “Federal Contract Opportunities Forecast” session at Reservation Economic Summit 2020.
EM Promotes Business Opportunities at Reservation Economic Summit
EM officials engaged with representatives of tribal owned businesses during the recent Reservation Economic Summit 2020.
March 3, 2020
Holding an oversized pair of scissors, DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar and Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the grand opening of the K-25 History Center.
Oak Ridge Opens K-25 History Center to Preserve Site’s Rich History
Hundreds of community members and former workers weathered subfreezing temperatures Feb. 27 to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
March 3, 2020
A 10-ton transfer hoist, located in the Hanford Site’s Low-Activity Waste Facility, is a key component in moving containers filled with treated tank waste. During operations, the remotely operated hoist will function behind a shield door.
Hanford Crew Operates Hoist in Mark of Progress for Tank Waste Treatment
A startup crew recently operated a hoist that will be used to lift containers of waste turned into glass weighing about 7 tons each.
March 3, 2020
In fiscal 2019, the property and warehouse management team at the Hanford Site processed more than 239,000 pieces of incoming freight, an increase of more than 30 percent over the previous year. From left are team members Alex Cuello, Kent Sumner, William
Cleanup Success Drives Record Number of Freight at Hanford
A record amount of freight was processed through the Hanford Site central warehouse in the last fiscal year.
March 3, 2020
Jim Southwick, Fluor Idaho nuclear operations manager for the Accelerated Retrieval Project, discusses EM’s targeted buried waste exhumation mission at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex with Mahmoud Karam of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.
Idaho Site Shares Expertise With Canadian Cleanup Program Visitors
EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently discussed lessons learned and other expertise on nuclear safety and regulatory strategies.
March 3, 2020
Several employees with Bechtel National, Inc., the EM Hanford Site Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant contractor, volunteered for the “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” event at the Richland Public Library in Washington
Hanford Employees ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering’ Using Mini Robots, Boats
Several employees with Bechtel National, Inc. volunteered for the “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” event.
March 3, 2020
Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Contracting Officer Tyler Hicks.
Portsmouth/Paducah Cleanup Leads Contracting Officer Back Home
Growing up in Kentucky’s capital of Frankfort, Tyler Hicks knew a lot of state employees.
February 25, 2020
Oak Ridge crews began demolishing the K-1200 section of the Centrifuge Complex at the East Tennessee Technology Park this month.
Oak Ridge Makes Progress Demolishing Largest Remaining ETTP Complex
EM crews have started tearing down the second of four sections of the Centrifuge Complex at Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park.
February 25, 2020
The red-and-white High Flux Beam Reactor exhaust stack — a pronounced part of the Brookhaven National Laboratory skyline for more than 70 years — is slated for demolition later this year.
Cleanup Workers Set to Tear Down Iconic Brookhaven Reactor Stack This Year
EM is taking steps to demolish a distinctive red-and-white exhaust stack used for a small research reactor DOE shut down more than 20 years ago.
February 25, 2020
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Engineer Graham Jones measures the height of a tower built using only marshmallows and uncooked noodles during a Savannah River Site teach-in at the Episcopal Day School in Augusta, Georgia.
EM Sites Explore STEM With Students, Highlight Women Engineers
A number of EM sites marked Engineers Week, Feb. 16-22.
February 25, 2020
Since 2015, workers on the Hanford Site have cleaned out a portion of the Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility to prepare to transfer radioactive capsules from an underwater basin to safer, dry storage.
Work Underway to Move Radioactive Capsules at Hanford to Safer Dry Storage
Work is progressing at the Hanford Site to move radioactive capsules from a water-filled basin to safer, dry storage.
February 25, 2020
Injecting material containing iron filings into wells at the Savannah River Site is a multi-step process. A well is flushed with water, shown here, before workers add the iron filings to it.
Savannah River Site Fights Contamination With Massive Underground Wall
EM workers recently finished constructing a large underground, water-permeable wall made of recycled iron filings.
February 25, 2020
Hanford’s 222-S Laboratory recently received the National Safety Council’s Safety Leadership Award for achieving more than five consecutive years without a recordable or lost-workday injury.
Hanford’s 222-S Laboratory Receives Safety Leadership Award
The National Safety Council recently awarded the EM Hanford Site’s 222-S Laboratory the Safety Leadership Award
February 25, 2020
Chip Jenison, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions mechanical shops manager, describes the day-to-day work of a maintenance mechanic to students from the Richmond County School System during their tour of the Savannah River Site.
Career Tour at SRS Highlights Advantages of Technical College Education
Georgia high school students who take part in a program to equip them with technical occupational skills recently toured EM maintenance facilities.
February 18, 2020
Crews pull a melter from Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) for inspection. WTP contractor Bechtel National, Inc. is purchasing engineered stainless-steel containers and a spare melter for the plant’s Low-Activity Waste Facility.
Hanford Acquires Containers, Spare Melter for DFLAW Operations
Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) prepares for the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) program to begin by the end of 2023.
February 18, 2020
Representatives of EM West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) and CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV) recognized Capt. James Madden for his lifesaving response to Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jason Dry.
West Valley Honors Employee for Quick Lifesaving Actions
The EM West Valley Demonstration Project commended the captain of the site’s security force in a ceremony last week.
February 18, 2020
The EM Nevada Program recently completed environmental corrective actions at 70 sites where historic nuclear weapon system tests and support activities contaminated surface and shallow subsurface soil and debris.
Nevada Team Helps Move Sites to Long-Term Stewardship
The EM Nevada Program recently completed environmental corrective actions at 70 sites.
February 18, 2020
An aerial view of the Savannah River Site solid waste management program area.
DOE Assessment Finds No Deficiencies in SRS Solid Waste Program
A recent DOE assessment found no deficiencies in EM’s solid waste program at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
February 18, 2020
Oak Ridge workers celebrate a safety milestone on the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility project.
Oak Ridge Marks Safety Milestone in Mercury Treatment Facility Project
Oak Ridge workers building the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility recently achieved a safety milestone.