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The safe management and disposition of waste is a critical part of EM’s mission. Key areas of the waste management and disposition:

Waste Disposition News

Team Effort Ensures Resumption of WIPP’s TRUPACT-III Shipments
January 14, 2020
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently accepted its first large-box cask in six years.
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DOE Awards Task Order for Elemental Mercury Long-Term Management and Storage
December 10, 2019
The Office of Environmental Management (EM) is issuing a task order for a lease for storage space as a DOE facility.
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Crews Mark 1 Million Miles of Safe Driving at Hanford Disposal Facility
December 10, 2019
Employees with EM Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company recently marked 1 million miles of safe driving.
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Secretary Perry Honors EM Employees for Achievements
November 26, 2019
Energy Secretary Rick Perry honored members of the EM workforce last week for developing a new approach to cleanup contracting.
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Idaho Facility's Mission Nears End as Crews Treat Remaining Waste
September 10, 2019
The mission of EM’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) is coming to an end.
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WIPP Kicks Off New Series of Infrastructure Improvements
September 10, 2019
WIPP is launching six projects as part of a continuing wave of infrastructure improvements.
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Idaho Site Safely Resizes, Repackages Challenging Waste Boxes for Disposal
July 16, 2019
EM crews at the Idaho National Laboratory Site have safely finished reducing the size of large, contaminated legacy waste boxes and debris.
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Upgrades Underway as WIPP Marks 30 Years of Protection From Lightning
July 16, 2019
The EM Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s lightning protection system, which has weathered 30 years in the New Mexico desert, is getting needed repairs.
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WIPP Reaches 12,500-Shipment Milestone
July 2, 2019
EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 12,500th transuranic (TRU) waste shipment since operations began there in 1999.
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WIPP Crews Make Substantial Progress in Capital Improvement Projects
June 18, 2019
There’s so much infrastructure work happening at EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the view literally changes daily.
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