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July 14, 2020
In this 2016 photo, schoolchildren explore the B Reactor, a popular field trip destination for elementary, middle, and high schools.
B Reactor: Preserving a Transformative Piece of U.S. History
The atomic age began in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945, with the Trinity Test — the culmination of the top-secret Manhattan Project.
July 14, 2020
DOE Honors SRS Team With Excellence Award for Coal Ash Cleanup
A team from the Savannah River Site that completed cleanup of coal ash-contaminated land a year early and at a savings of more than $8 million
July 14, 2020
Crews are manually adding 12,000 square feet of fabric to the trusses to complete the cover for the protective tent at the Building 3026 demolition project at Oak Ridge.
EM Prepares for Demolition in Heart of ORNL
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and its contractor UCOR are preparing to demolish the remaining structures associated with Building 3026.
July 14, 2020
Savannah River Remediation subcontractor employees set rebar in preparation for the foundation slab at Saltstone Disposal Unit 8.
Next Mega-Volume Saltstone Disposal Unit Taking Shape at SRS
The EM Savannah River Site (SRS) landscape is changing again as Saltstone Disposal Unit (SDU) 8 cell construction work is underway.
July 14, 2020
Upgraded digital technology at the Hanford Tank Farms has eliminated reliance on myriad white boards, clipboards, and paper. The upgrades have also improved worker safety and efficiency, simplified operations, automated data collection, and electronically
Hanford Tank Operations Go Digital to Support 24/7 Waste Treatment
New digital systems have significantly upgraded waste tank operations at the Hanford Site.
July 14, 2020
In this February 2020 photo, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Scientist Jason Walker, left, inspects a new portable air monitoring station, while SRNS Environmental Specialist Jesse Baxley records readings from one of several permanent units at the
New Equipment Strengthens Environmental Monitoring at SRS
The EM program has added two portable units to its network of 14 permanent air monitoring stations at the Savannah River Site.
July 14, 2020
Security Police Officer Garrey with Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, a contractor to EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP), uses one of the site’s new radios to talk with other officers at WVDP.
West Valley Advances Site Security, Safety With New Radios
West Valley Demonstration Project recently enhanced its security and safety by purchasing digital trunked radios that can assign frequency channels.
July 7, 2020
A view of the former K-832 Basin at Oak Ridge before workers removed it.
Crews Remove Basin as Oak Ridge Heads Toward ETTP Cleanup Completion
A basin that once held cooling water used in Oak Ridge’s former uranium enrichment operations has been removed.
July 7, 2020
The EM Richland Operations Office and its contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company are building 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 on the Hanf
Mock-up to Support Stabilization of Three At-Risk Structures on Hanford Site
The Hanford Site continues a phased remobilization of site operations
July 7, 2020
Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) President and Project Manager Sean Dunagan, center, helps unfurl the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star site flag during a brief ceremony at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in late June. Also pictured, from left
WIPP, SRS Contractors Achieve Voluntary Protection Program Star Status
EM contractors at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Savannah River Site were recently awarded Star status for safety and health advances.
July 7, 2020
A shipment of spent nuclear fuel travels from the Advanced Test Reactor Complex to the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center.
Spent Nuclear Fuel Transfers Allow INL to Continue Mission-Critical Work
EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently partnered with Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) to perform transfers of spent nuclear fuel.
July 7, 2020
Workers prepare equipment removed from a recently demolished contaminated structure at the Savannah River Site to be permanently encapsulated within cement-like grout.
SRS Workers Safely Demolish Two Contaminated Structures
EM crews have demolished two small structures formerly used to measure the flow of hazardous wastewater and obtain sample data.
July 7, 2020
Washington River Protection Solutions workers use shielding to remove a highly contaminated thermocouple from a Hanford tank farm. Planning and mock-ups significantly reduced potential exposure risks while removing thermocouples.
Training, Planning Lead to Successful Sensor Removal from Hanford Tanks
EM Hanford tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions is preparing to retrieve radioactive and chemical waste from storage tanks
July 7, 2020
A worker at the West Valley Demonstration Project applies a fixative to the concrete slab of the former Main Plant Office Building to protect employees from potential asbestos.
West Valley Encases Building Slab With Fixative After Removing Asbestos
An EM deactivation and demolition crew at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently encapsulated a concrete slab with a fixative.
July 7, 2020
Isotek employees Shane Miles, left, and Ryan Souza stand behind a cutting tool used to help install new remote manipulators in hot cells at Oak Ridge.
Workers Use Skill, Ingenuity to Install New Manipulators at Oak Ridge
Upgrades and construction are progressing at Building 2026.
July 7, 2020
Advance Agenda Available for 2020 National Cleanup Workshop
Advance Agenda Available for 2020 National Cleanup Workshop
An advance agenda is now available for the 2020 National Cleanup Workshop that will bring together top Department of Energy officials.
June 30, 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 plant’s Analytical Laboratory. The laboratory is the first nuclear facility in the
Major Hanford Tank Waste Treatment Unit First to Complete Start-up Testing
Workers recently finished start-up testing at the Analytical Laboratory in Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant.
June 30, 2020
As part of the deactivation process, workers from DOE contractor North Wind gather furnishings taken from buildings in the Radioactive Materials Handling Complex that will be demolished later this summer at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.
Crews Mobilize to Resume Demolition at ETEC
Work crews at the Energy Technology Engineering Center are mobilizing for demolition of 10 buildings at the former nuclear and liquid metals site.
June 30, 2020
UCOR began demolition on the Centrifuge Complex during the first half of fiscal 2020. These buildings were the largest remaining buildings at the site and spanned 235,000 square feet.
Oak Ridge’s UCOR Earns 94 Percent of Available Fee for First Half of Fiscal 2020
EM recently awarded Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR $10.4 million for its performance from October 2019 through March 2020.
June 30, 2020
Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc. performed environmental corrective actions at the Clean Slate III site in July 2019 that included removing contaminated soil and debris for packaging and disposal at the Nevada National Security Site.
NNSS Cleanup Contractor Earns 96 Percent of Available Fee From October 2018 Through January 2020
EM’s cleanup contractor for the Nevada National Security Site Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc. has earned 96 percent of the available fee.
June 30, 2020
Crews have completed deactivation inside the 42,000-square-foot K-1600 facility. Teardown is scheduled to begin this summer.
Last Major ETTP Facility Ready for Demolition at Oak Ridge
Workers have completed deactivating Building K-1600, and now it is ready for demolition.
June 30, 2020
While maintaining social distancing, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) heavy equipment operators Tyler Wilson, left, and Ed Townsley, center, update SRNS Project Manager Kelsey Holcomb regarding the D-Area Coal Storage Yard Project at the Savannah R
SRS Set to Clean Up 12-Acre Coal Yard From Cold War Powerhouse
The long metal arm and strong steel teeth of a massive construction excavator recently cleared its first bucket full of hardened clay.
June 30, 2020
The 200 West Pump and Treat Facility is Hanford’s largest groundwater treatment plant. All six of Hanford’s operating pump-and-treat facilities can be monitored remotely, allowing plant managers to ensure the systems continue to operate safely and efficie
System Reliability, Remote Monitoring Support Hanford Groundwater Treatment
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, Hanford Site groundwater treatment continued uninterrupted and remains on track.
June 30, 2020
Nye County’s John Klenke collects water samples from an Amargosa Valley location.
EM Nevada Extends Grant for Groundwater Contamination Testing Program
The EM Nevada Program has awarded a two-year grant extension to an intergovernmental groundwater testing program.
June 30, 2020
Kenny Ferguson, director of information technology infrastructure services for Richland Operations Office, inspects for potential damage to an unoccupied facility following the Gable Mountain fire, which burned more than 5,000 acres on the Hanford Site.
Hanford Firefighters Battle Challenging Wildfire
In a well-coordinated effort, the Hanford Fire Department and nearby cities and counties successfully contained a wildfire.