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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 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.
September 29, 2020
Audrey Wright, health educator for the Hanford medical services provider, conducts a brief health screening for a worker entering one of the site’s occupational medical facilities.
Hanford Site Delivers Safe Progress During Pandemic
As work ramped up, Hanford’s occupational medical services provider continued to adjust its services to help ensure the health of Hanford workers.
September 15, 2020
One of three vapor vacuum extraction and treatment units at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.
INL Site to Study Cleanup Project for Completion Ahead of Schedule
A successful EM cleanup project at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site is being studied to determine if it has met its objectives.
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.
July 21, 2020
An aerial view of the massive K-25 footprint spanning 44 acres at Oak Ridge. Future plans call for transforming the footprint into a commemorative site as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
Oak Ridge Completes Major Soil Remediation Project at K-25 Footprint
Workers recently finished removing contaminated soil under a section of the former Building K-25 footprint in another major action
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 16, 2020
The DOE Office of Legacy Management is set to assume long-term stewardship responsibility for 70 sites — represented by the yellow dots in this map.
EM Nevada Transfer of 70 Sites to Legacy Management Nearly Complete
The EM Nevada Program & DOE Office of Legacy Management are nearing completion of a transfer of long-term stewardship responsibilities to 70 sites.
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.
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 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.
November 26, 2019
Juan Aguilar with Hanford contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company prepares to take a groundwater sample from a well at a soil treatability test site in Hanford’s 100 K Area.
Hanford Builds on Groundwater Cleanup Success, Plans for Treatment Expansion
EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor CHPRC treated more than 2.4 billion gallons of contaminated groundwater.
November 19, 2019
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Mechanic Thad Ashely, foreground, checks components of a soil vapor extraction unit, as SRNS engineers Joao Cardoso-Neto, background, left, and John Bradley inspect solar panels.
SRS Shifts to Low-Cost Technology to Remove Remaining Solvents at Basin
SRS Shifts to Low-Cost Technology to Remove Remaining Solvents at Basin
September 24, 2019
The EM Nevada Program held its sixth groundwater technical information exchange recently, providing a peer-to-peer forum for EM and its contractors to share research, results, and other expertise related to groundwater at or near the Nevada National Secur
EM Nevada Program Hosts Groundwater Information Exchange
EM Nevada Program Hosts Groundwater Information Exchange
September 10, 2019
A new treatment approach designed to expedite removal of residual chromium deep in the ground near the Columbia River is showing promise at the Hanford Site.
New Treatment Approach Could Accelerate Groundwater Cleanup at Hanford
A new treatment approach designed to expedite removal of residual chromium deep in the ground near the Columbia River.
September 3, 2019
Workers extract soil samples from Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park at depths up to 30 feet in the ground.
More Than 10,000 Samples Guide Cleanup at Oak Ridge's ETTP
Cleaning up Oak Ridge's East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) encompasses more than emptying and demolishing old, contaminated buildings
September 3, 2019
Ian Reed, left, a Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) radiation control inspector, observes Josh Justice, a driller for SRNS subcontractor Cascade Drilling, during the installation of an injection well for the silver chloride cleanup strategy at the S
SRS Deploys Innovation to Clean Up Groundwater Contamination
The EM program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) has launched an innovative process using silver chloride, a conventional industrial product.
August 27, 2019
Ike White, center, Senior Advisor for EM, receives a briefing from members of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
EM Officials Tour New Mexico Sites, Meet With Employees
Ike White, Senior Advisor for EM, toured cleanup sites in New Mexico.
August 13, 2019
A 264-foot-long metal wall will be located as deep as 135 feet below ground at the Savannah River Site. Groundwater will flow through the water-permeable wall, neutralizing harmful solvents.
SRS Uses Recycled Iron to Treat Contaminated Groundwater
EM is using 760 tons of iron filings recycled from the automotive industry to treat groundwater contaminated by solvents.
August 6, 2019
Equipment removes more than 4,000 cubic yards of soil for disposal from an Oak Ridge Site facility where it had been stored since 1989.
Oak Ridge Completes Soil Disposal Project $75 Million Under Original Estimates
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) coordinated with regulators and partnered with small businesses to complete a project.
July 30, 2019
Oak Ridge Site workers remove asphalt and concrete on the east end of the Y-12 National Security Complex to prepare the site of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant.
Crews Mobilize to Build Mercury Treatment Facility in Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge Site crews recently mobilized to begin constructing the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility.
July 23, 2019
EM crews remove debris from a contaminated soils location in Area 3 at the Nevada National Security Site.
EM Completes NNSS Soil Sites Mission Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget
EM’s Nevada Program has safely and successfully completed corrective actions and closed the last of 138 soil sites at the Nevada National Security.