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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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Commission Awards SRS Contractor for Improving Waste Management
December 17, 2019
An EM contractor at the Savannah River Site is the recipient of an award presented by a regional commission for low-level radioactive waste management
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Mock-ups Prove Effective in Testing Idaho Waste Treatment Facility
December 10, 2019
EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho have been working with a local small business to create mock-ups of critical equipment.
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SRS Employees Shift to New Project, Saving $900,000
December 10, 2019
More than $900,000 in savings are expected to result from enlisting employees at a Savannah River Site facility to help ship analytical samples.
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Oak Ridge Collaboration to Advance Cancer Treatment, Accelerate Cleanup
November 26, 2019
DOE unveiled an innovative public-private partnership on Nov. 22 set to provide unique isotopes to aid in next-generation cancer research & treatment.
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Idaho Project Explores Virtual Reality to Improve Safety, Work Performance
November 26, 2019
Once the subject of futuristic movies, virtual reality technology is being used by an EM cleanup project at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory Site.
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SRS Shifts to Low-Cost Technology to Remove Remaining Solvents at Basin
November 19, 2019
SRS Shifts to Low-Cost Technology to Remove Remaining Solvents at Basin
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Hanford Information Technology Manager Wins Innovation Award
November 19, 2019
Hanford Information Technology Manager Wins Innovation Award
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Digital Transformation Helps Hanford Prepare for Tank Waste Treatment
November 19, 2019
Digital Transformation Helps Hanford Prepare for Tank Waste Treatment
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EM Addresses Risks at ORNL Facilities, Preparing for Next Cleanup Phase
November 12, 2019
EM Addresses Risks at ORNL Facilities, Preparing for Next Cleanup Phase
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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.