REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

The Department of Energy is seeking public comment through a Federal Register Notice on its interpretation of the statutory term “high-level radioactive waste.”  The notice was published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2018, and is provided below.  A 60-day public comment period ends on December 10, 2018.

Federal Register Notice of Public Comment Period 

EM News

Crews Complete SRS Ash Basin Cleanup Ahead of Schedule, Saving $9 Million
EM & SRS management & operations contractor saved nearly $9 million after consolidating more than 430,000 cubic yards of coal ash and associated soil.
November 6, 2018
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EM, UCOR Keep Oak Ridge’s Growing Cleanup Workforce Safe
As crews near completion of the East Tennessee Technology Park cleanup, OREM is preparing to begin major work at the Oak Ridge National Lab and Y-12.
November 6, 2018
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SRS Makes Progress on 32-Million-Gallon Waste Disposal Unit
Construction of a second large-scale saltstone disposal unit (SDU) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) is progressing safely and on schedule.
November 6, 2018
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Workers Complete Renovations at Hanford Lab
EM’s ORP and tank farms contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) recently renovated portions of the Hanford Site’s 222-S Laboratory.
November 6, 2018
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West Valley Advances Cleanup With Removal of Pump-and-Treat System
Workers recently removed a former pump-and-treat system at EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) site, allowing for continued cleanup progress
November 6, 2018
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Employees Participate in Confined Space Training at West Valley
Emergency response personnel at EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project site trained employees on confined space rescue last week.
November 6, 2018
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Assistant Secretary White, Other DOE Officials Tour U.K. Nuclear Facilities
Assistant Secretary Anne White visited some of the United Kingdom's nuclear facilities last week as part of a DOE delegation.
October 30, 2018
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SRS Reaches Cleanup Milestone at Site of Fuel Production for Space Mission
Recently, EM workers for the first time removed equipment contaminated with plutonium once used to power deep space missions.
October 30, 2018
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Oak Ridge Prepares Former Uranium Enrichment Area for Industrial Use
Last week, workers began pulling up the foundation slab of the former K-29 gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment building.
October 30, 2018
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Worker-Led Efficiencies Result in Cost Savings for Hanford Groundwater Treatment
Worker-driven improvements led crews to treat a record amount of groundwater at the Hanford Site in FY2018 at the lowest cost per gallon in 5 years.
October 30, 2018
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EM Cleanup Sites

As the largest environmental cleanup program in the world, EM has been charged with the responsibility of cleaning up 107 sites across the country whose area is equal to the combined area of Rhode Island and Delaware. EM has made substantial progress in nearly every area of nuclear waste cleanup and has completed cleanup at 91 of these sites.

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FY 2019 Budget Request Graphic

The EM Fiscal Year 2019 budget request will provide the resources to maintain a safe and secure posture in the EM complex, and to continue moving forward with the country's largest nuclear cleanup.

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