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EM Official Highlights Crucial Role in Cleanup for STEM Students, Workers
March 17, 2020
Students and workers trained in science, technology, engineering, and math fields are increasingly critical to DOE programs.
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Return on Investment in EM’s Technology is Significant, Panelists Say
March 17, 2020
Technology’s pivotal role in advancing EM’s mission was the focus of a panel at the Waste Management Symposia.
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Hanford Uses Innovative Robotic System to Inspect Bottom of Waste Storage Tanks
March 10, 2020
EM's Office of River Protection used an innovative robotic system that employs ultrasonic sound waves to help engineers detect and mitigate corrosion.
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Testing Shows Promising Results for Ceramic Filters Slated for Use at Idaho Treatment Plant
March 10, 2020
New filters proposed for a key waste treatment facility at the Idaho National Laboratory site underwent extensive testing recently.
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Hundreds of Families Attend Oak Ridge STEM Event
March 10, 2020
Oak Ridge’s EM program and two of its contractors, UCOR and Isotek, recently supported a local middle school’s STEM night.
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Cleanup Workers Set to Tear Down Iconic Brookhaven Reactor Stack This Year
February 25, 2020
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.
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EM Sites Explore STEM With Students, Highlight Women Engineers
February 25, 2020
A number of EM sites marked Engineers Week, Feb. 16-22.
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Career Tour at SRS Highlights Advantages of Technical College Education
February 25, 2020
Georgia high school students who take part in a program to equip them with technical occupational skills recently toured EM maintenance facilities.
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Making Space: Hanford Prepares Key Tank for Waste Treatment Mission
February 18, 2020
Hanford Site waste tank has been re-purposed in support of the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste program set to begin treating tank waste by 2023.
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A Step Forward for DFLAW as Analytical Laboratory Chemists Begin Work
December 17, 2019
The first team of chemists is setting up shop at EM Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant.
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The Savannah River National Laboratory Policy Office (as known as the EM Laboratory Policy Office (LPO)) sponsors and coordinates the involvement of national laboratories in support of the EM mission activities, in accordance with the EM National Laboratory Governance Framework for the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and the charter for the EM National Laboratory Network (EMNLN). The EM LPO leads oversight and management of SRNL in partnership with the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) Office of Policy with support from the EM and NNSA Savannah River Site/Field Offices.

SRNL is a DOE EM-sponsored multi-program Federally Funded Research and Development Center currently operated by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. They possess core competencies in: environmental remediation and risk reduction; tritium processing, storage, and gas transfer systems; nuclear materials processing and disposition; and nuclear materials detection, characterization and assessment. SRNL’s highly trained workforce strives to put science to work to create practical and cost-effective solutions for keeping our nation safe, cleaning up nuclear waste and advancing our nation’s energy and manufacturing objectives. The unique facilities of SRNL include laboratories for the safe study and handling of radioactive materials, a field demonstration site for testing and evaluating environmental cleanup technologies, laboratories for the ultra-sensitive measurement and analysis of radioactive materials, and the nation’s only radiological crime investigation laboratory.

SRNL has played an important role in providing technical support to the DOE EM nuclear cleanup mission since the beginning of EM’s missions. Innovative approaches and methodologies developed by SRNL scientists and engineers have contributed to the successful execution of many EM mission activities.

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EM National Laboratory Network (EMNLN)

In addition to SRNL, other national laboratories in the DOE complex also provide unique and complimentary expertise and capabilities to address many one-of-a-kind technical challenges of EM’s complex nuclear cleanup projects. EM has recently taken steps to link the capabilities of DOE national laboratories supporting DOE EM’s cleanup mission by strengthening historic partnerships with our cleanup sites and relationships with individual labs to take advantage of the synergies of a larger EMNLN.  Currently, SRNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories actively participate in the EMNLN. Led by the SRNL and PNNL, the chartered EMNLN are working to address technical challenges that the EM program faces. The Network identifies and provides resources to support EM response, technical review, policy analysis and strategic planning.  It also engages EM headquarters, EM site offices, contractors and others to address EM cleanup challenges and emergent needs. An example of the EMNLN engagements in EM interactions with the international community is the ongoing collaborative research and development in support of decommissioning and remediation of the Fukishima Daaichi Nuclear Power Station.