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April 23, 2012
A controlled, phased
startup of the Integrated
Waste Treatment Unit
began today after the
facility passed a federal
Idaho Site Launches Startup of Waste Treatment Facility Following Federal Inspection, DOE Milestone

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Idaho site today initiated the controlled, phased startup of a new waste treatment facility scheduled to begin treating 900,000 gallons of radioactive liquid waste stored in underground tanks at a former Cold War spent nuclear fuel reprocessing facility next month.

March 30, 2012
A framework agreement between DOE and the State of New Mexico calls for the Lab’s TRU Waste Program to ship 3,706 cubic meters of combustible or dispersible transuranic waste to WIPP for permanent disposal by June 30, 2014.
Lab Ahead of Schedule Processing Waste in Large Boxes

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – The TRU Waste Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory is currently two months ahead of schedule processing and repackaging waste stored in large fiberglass-reinforced boxes (FRPs).

March 23, 2012
DOE Seeks Industry Input on Nickel Disposition Strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Energy Department’s prime contractor, Fluor-B&W Portsmouth (FBP), managing the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP), issued a request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) seeking industry input to support the development of an acquisition strategy for potential disposition of DOE nickel.

March 19, 2012
Idaho Site Contractor Achieves Treatment Project Milestone

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Idaho site’s main cleanup contractor recently achieved a major performance milestone by successfully passing an operational readiness review for a first-of-a-kind facility that will treat the remaining 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste generated by the site’s legacy cleanup mission.

March 16, 2012
Carlsbad Field Office Manager Joe Franco, right, exchanges greetings with Mark Long, Jr.,
a Washington TRU Solutions LLC employee, at a WIPP all-hands meeting in February.
“WIPP is America’s only and the world’s best,” Franco said of the deep geologic repository
for nuclear waste.
New Carlsbad Field Office Manager Hits the Ground Running

CARLSBAD, N.M. – If you want to catch up with Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Joe Franco, you may have to run. In fact, his first weeks in his new job have looked like a sprint.

March 14, 2012
EM, Industry Partner to Lay Out Opportunities to Improve Contract Performance Following Workshop

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM and its large and small business partners will implement several recommendations that emerged from a workshop held earlier this year to improve contract performance with the objective of delivering results on time and within cost.

March 9, 2012
Participants in the EM-led delegation's second workshop gather for a photo at the Hanford site.
EM Hosts Second Successful Workshop for Japanese Officials

RICHLAND, Wash. – An EM-led delegation said its recent workshop for Japanese officials leading the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site and surrounding area was a success.

March 5, 2012
Partnerships Help Advance Small Modular Reactor Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DOE recently announced three public-private partnerships to develop deployment plans for small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) technologies at Savannah River Site (SRS) facilities near Aiken, S.C.

March 1, 2012
DOE Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga (left) and Mark
Lesinski, U.K.'s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Executive Director for Delivery,
renewed the Statement of Intent between DOE and NDA in a signing ceremony this week.
EM Renews Information-Sharing Agreement with United Kingdom's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

PHOENIX – EM’s top official this week renewed an agreement between DOE and the U.K.’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) that expands the scope of their information sharing.

February 29, 2012
Shown here are some of the thousands of items employees at the Savannah River Site
collected for Toys for Tots.
Charitable Giving by EM Employees, Contractors Tops $800,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM employees and their contractor counterparts donated more than $800,000 and other gifts to people in need in recent months.