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Idaho Site’s Cold War Cleanup Takes Center Stage in Publication

January 22, 2013 - 12:00pm

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The Society of American Military Engineers focuses on the Idaho site’s environmental cleanup in the latest issue of its publication, The Military Engineer. This photo of the Engineering Test Reactor, which was decommissioned and demolished at the Idaho site, is featured in the story.

The Society of American Military Engineers focuses on the Idaho site’s environmental cleanup in the latest issue of its publication, The Military Engineer. This photo of the Engineering Test Reactor, which was decommissioned and demolished at the Idaho site, is featured in the story.

The Society of American Military Engineers highlights this Idaho site photo on the cover of the latest issue of its publication, The Military Engineer. In the photo, work is under way to move spent nuclear fuel from wet storage to the safer, more permanent alternative of dry storage.

The Society of American Military Engineers highlights this Idaho site photo on the cover of the latest issue of its publication, The Military Engineer. In the photo, work is under way to move spent nuclear fuel from wet storage to the safer, more permanent alternative of dry storage.

The Society of American Military Engineers focuses on the Idaho site’s environmental cleanup in the latest issue of its publication, The Military Engineer. This photo of the Engineering Test Reactor, which was decommissioned and demolished at the Idaho site, is featured in the story.
The Society of American Military Engineers highlights this Idaho site photo on the cover of the latest issue of its publication, The Military Engineer. In the photo, work is under way to move spent nuclear fuel from wet storage to the safer, more permanent alternative of dry storage.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – An association with more than 29,000 members featured an in-depth article on EM’s extensive Cold War legacy cleanup at the Idaho site in the current issue of its publication, The Military Engineer

The Society of American Military Engineers describes itself as the premier professional military engineering association in the United States. The association draws members from architecture, engineering, construction, facility management and environmental entities and is comprised of individuals from the public and private sector. They share common goals to prepare for and overcome natural and manmade disasters and to improve security at home and abroad.

The feature on the Idaho site is on pages 46-48 in the bimonthly publication. The story was written by Bill Badger, marketing and communications manager for the CH2M HILL Nuclear Business Group, a DOE contractor.

The publication presents a main theme in each issue. This issue’s main theme is environmental engineering, and the publication points to the Idaho site cleanup as an example of how federal agencies and uniformed services are at the forefront of a diverse mission to protect and preserve.

The article offers a detailed history of the accelerated environmental cleanup, from radioactive waste disposal to the buried waste retrieval effort. It also provides a historical account of the various missions at the Idaho site. For example, the story notes that the technology for the first use of nuclear fission to provide electricity was developed at the site.
 

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