2017 Year in Review Highlights
- Resumption of waste emplacement at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant after the facility’s reopening earlier this year;
- Safe and successful treatment of remediated nitrate salt drums at Los Alamos National Laboratory;
- Completion of cleanup activities at Hanford’s 618-10 burial ground;
- Construction of the Savannah River Site’s 33 million-gallon Saltstone Disposal Unit 6;
- Retrieval of about 65,000 cubic meters of transuranic waste at the Idaho Site’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project, bringing a nearly 15-year effort to closure;
- Groundbreaking for the new Mercury Treatment Facility at Oak Ridge, which will enable EM to carry out additional cleanup at the Y-12 National Security Complex;
- Completion of the Greater-Than-Class C (GTCC) low-level radioactive waste (LLW) and GTCC-like waste Report to Congress, moving the Department closer to having a GTCC LLW disposal capability.
- Start of demolition of the West Valley Demonstration Project Vitrification Facility; and
- Completion of demolition of Building G2 at the Separations Process Research Unit.
2016 Year in Review Highlights
- Implementation of a new management structure to strengthen support for work at EM’s active cleanup sites, putting them at the center of daily activities to address inefficiencies and help them perform work in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner;
- Demolishing a gaseous diffusion plant for the first time at the East Tennessee Technology Park at Oak Ridge, Tenn. — increasing safety, reducing monitoring costs and paving the way for economic development;
- Completing construction of the Salt Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, which, once operational, will significantly accelerate EM’s ability to treat tank waste;
- Starting demolition of the Plutonium Finishing Plant at Hanford in Washington state, once one of the most dangerous buildings in the DOE complex;
- Relocating solidified high-level waste to safe storage at the West Valley Demonstration Project in New York; and
- Passing the halfway point in remediating uranium mill tailings at the Moab Site in Utah
2015 Year in Review Highlights
- Decontamination and demolition of facilities and waste sites along the Columbia River Corridor at the Hanford Site;
- Continuing progress on building the Salt Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site, now over 90 percent complete;
- Completing demolition of a former uranium enrichment process building at Oak Ridge; and
- Standing up a new field office to help strengthen the legacy cleanup under way at Los Alamos National Laboratory.