In October, LM welcomed Rocky Flats Plant retirees on a visit to their former workplace. They visited locations where their buildings used to stand. They also reminisced about their time building weapons components for the U.S. government.
In April, LM Deputy Director Peter O’Konski joined representatives of other DOE offices and representatives of the National Park Service to recognize the significance of Building 9731 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Building 9731 became the first Manhattan Project facility to have a sign recognizing it as a permanent historical element of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, a joint effort between DOE and the National Park Service.
In August, LM welcomed guests from the International Atomic Energy Agency Coordination Group for Uranium Legacy Sites to Grand Junction, Colorado, for the Management of Remediated Areas Technical Workshop. The weeklong workshop included tours of LM disposal and processing sites, a completed LM uranium mine reclamation project, and LM’s Atomic Legacy Cabin in Grand Junction.
In November, the Many Devils Wash Project Team successfully completed a field project to remove remediation system infrastructure at the Shiprock, New Mexico, Disposal Site. The project also served to reduce the U.S. Department of Energy’s footprint and return Many Devils Wash to its natural state.
In June, LM’s Navajo Nation outreach office moved to a new location in Window Rock, Arizona. LM’s move to the new location in the Navajo Nation’s capital is key to providing better support, improving visibility, and increasing outreach efforts to the members of the public.
DOE and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commemorated 25 years of collaboration on the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) with an unveiling ceremony for a FUSRAP historical display on Sept. 7. The display, titled "FUSRAP: A Legacy of Service," is a free-standing, interpretive exhibit that communicates the history of FUSRAP and the program’s significance.
LM Director Carmelo Melendez paid tribute to workers at the Weldon Spring Site near St. Charles, Missouri, during a ceremony April 14 to celebrate the opening of the site’s new interpretive center. The 25,000-square-foot interpretive center opened its doors to the public on April 15.
Earlier this year, LM safety representatives handled changed conditions during building demolition in Piqua, Ohio, when the team discovered an abandoned 55-gallon drum in an underground utility vault.
In May, a team of LM experts traveled to Alaska to conduct maintenance and repair work on Amchitka Island. This year’s work included fixing the caps’ cover material, performing road maintenance, placing native material at the site, and repairing a drainage channel.
LM’s Defense-Related Uranium Mines (DRUM) Program surpassed its goal of 500 verification and validation (V&V) mine site visits. DRUM teams conducted V&V at 507 abandoned mines between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022.