WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto joined other Department officials, members of Congress, contractors, and other stakeholders at an event on Capitol Hill for the bipartisan House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus to discuss forging a path to clean up the more than 2,000 excess facilities in the Department’s inventory — a number expected to grow by 1,000 in the next 10 years.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Technical experts from around the country recently converged in Idaho Falls to aid DOE’s efforts to safely and effectively start up the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU), intended to treat the approximately 900,000 gallons of remaining radioactive liquid tank waste at DOE’s Idaho Site.
CARLSBAD, N.M. – The EM Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Blue Mine Rescue Team was named the overall champion at the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Contest held in Carlsbad in April. WIPP’s Red Mine Rescue Team took first place in the first aid competition.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM has completed final performance evaluations of two prime contractors in support of deactivation and decommissioning of the former Paducah gaseous diffusion plant. In addition, the operations contractor for EM’s two plants that convert depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) to a more stable form at the Paducah, Kentucky and Portsmouth, Ohio sites received its annual fee determination.
Oak Ridge, Tenn. – More than 60 participants from across the country traveled to Oak Ridge this month to attend the EM Site Specific Advisory Board’s (SSAB) 2016 Spring Chairs Meeting. The event was hosted by the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).
AIKEN, S.C. – Savannah River Site management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) has resumed full operations following an operational pause in September 2015, incorporating improvements and lessons learned across all projects and facilities. The HB Line facility emerged from a period of improvements called Deliberate Operations in April, the last of the SRNS operations to resume full operations.
CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) recently issued the fiscal year 2015 fee award determination for Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), and it shows the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) management and operations contractor earned almost 86 percent — or about $11.7 million of more than $13.6 million — of the fee available for the performance period.
RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M) are finding creative ways to manage resources and accelerate Hanford Site cleanup. Workers recently completed a demolition project along the Columbia River shoreline that included tearing down several old groundwater treatment buildings and disposing of thousands of pieces of equipment.