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EM Aims for Major Accomplishments in 2013 Budget Request

February 13, 2012 - 12:00pm

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EM Aims for Major Accomplishments in 2013 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EM Acting Assistant Secretary David Huizenga rolled out EM’s $5.65 billion budget request for fiscal year 2013 that would support major accomplishments in all areas of the program’s environmental cleanup mission.

Highlights of scheduled accomplishments across the EM complex under the proposed budget include:

  • Closure of two high-level waste tanks;
  • Packaging of more than 10,000 metric tons of depleted and other uranium;
  • Remediation of more than 100 contaminated soil and groundwater sites;
  • Disposition of more than 9,000 cubic meters of transuranic (TRU) waste; and
  • Deactivation and decommissioning of more than 75 excess facilities.

Scheduled accomplishments at specific EM sites under the proposed budget include:

  • Completion of treatment of all 900,000 gallons of liquid tank waste at the Idaho site;
  • Focus on acceleration of repackaging and shipment of above-ground TRU waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for safe, permanent disposal;
  • Disposal of nearly 1 million additional tons of uranium mill tailings from the Moab site;
  • Facility deactivation and decommissioning to support the planned 2015 completion of the K-25 facility demolition at the Oak Ridge site;
  • Deactivation and decommissioning of facilities and systems at the Paducah and Portsmouth sites; and
  • Completion of disposition of contact-handled legacy TRU waste at SRS.

Balancing risk reduction and regulatory requirements is a priority in the proposed budget. The budget request also focuses on essential activities to maintain a safe and secure posture in the EM complex; radioactive tank waste stabilization, treatment and disposal; spent nuclear fuel storage, receipt and disposition; and special nuclear material consolidation, processing, and disposition.

View Huizenga's presentation on EM's fiscal year 2013 budget request here. To learn more about this budget request, attend Huizenga’s scheduled EM overview presentation, which is part of the 18th annual Congressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus Briefings. Huizenga is scheduled to speak at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at 1539 Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Following are other scheduled Congressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus Briefings in Washington, D.C.:

  • Richland Operations Office, Washington state, 4-5 p.m. March 7, Room HC 8, U.S. Capitol Building;
  • Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 8:30-9:30 a.m. March 21, Room HC 8, U.S. Capitol Building;
  • Portsmouth, Ohio/Paducah, Kentucky Project Office, 8:30-9:30 a.m. March 22, Room HC 8, U.S. Capitol Building;
  • Safety Overview with EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety and Security Program Matthew Moury, 4-5 p.m. March 27, 1539 Longworth House Office Building:
  • Idaho Operations Office, 4-5 p.m. March 28, Room HC 8, U.S. Capitol Building;
  • Savannah River Site, South Carolina, 8:30-9:30 a.m. April 18, 1539 Longworth House Office Building; and
  • Office of River Protection, Washington state, 8:30-9:30 a.m. April 19, 1539 Longworth House Office Building.

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