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May 31, 2016
Crews are moving at an impressive pace on Building K-27, completing more than 65 percent of the demolition since February.
Oak Ridge’s Building K-27 Disappearing Quickly

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – In February 2016, demolition crews made their first tear into the K-27 gaseous diffusion building. Now, only months later, the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) have already completed demolition on more than 65 percent of the four-story, 383,000-square-foot facility.

May 31, 2016
Employees collect samples to record mercury levels in the East Fork Poplar Creek ecosystem at the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee.
New EM Plan Calls for Research, Technology to Help Fight Mercury Contamination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM has released a new plan to address mercury contamination that advocates for research and technology development to resolve key technical uncertainties with the pollutant in environmental remediation, facility deactivation and decommissioning, and tank waste processing.

May 31, 2016
On the first day, the storage cask is transported to the Main Process Plant Building, where the overpack lid and lid shield are removed.
Waste Canister Relocation is in Full Swing at EM’s West Valley Site

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – With the passing of winter, EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) crews have resumed relocating canisters of high-level waste (HLW).

May 31, 2016
The Effluent Treatment Facility (at bottom) and the Liquid Effluent Retention Facility (at top).
Hanford Restarts Facility to Clean Up Wastewater

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection’s (ORP) Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF) resumed operations May 19 after a two-year period that saw ORP assume its oversight from the Richland Operations Office (RL) and a major upgrade to its equipment.

May 31, 2016
Glovebox Removal at Hanford Site's Plutonium Finishing Plant Winding Down

RICHLAND, Wash. – At the Plutonium Finishing Plant on the Hanford Site, crews with EM contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company are in the process of removing the last of the gloveboxes from the facility before demolition begins.

May 31, 2016
Laboratory Holds Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative Workshop

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is moving closer to developing the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) after taking part in a workshop with South Carolina universities that focused on forming partnerships for the planned 70,000-square-foot facility.

May 31, 2016
Experts Review Tank Integrity Program at Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – An expert panel met this month to discuss the integrity of double-shell tank AY-102 on behalf of EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP).

May 31, 2016
A maintenance mechanic removes a filter from the lubricating oil strainer in the C-333 Building at EM's Paducah Site.
Removal of Hazards Key to Paducah Site Deactivation

PADUCAH, Ky. – Deactivation workers at EM’s Paducah Site completed a significant step toward preparing key facilities for future demolition by removing hundreds of thousands of gallons of lubricating oil from the site’s uranium enrichment process buildings.

May 31, 2016
A waste disposition operator at EM's West Valley Demonstration Project applies spray foam to a waste box to stabilize the contents and fill void space before the container is shipped offsite for disposal.
West Valley Demonstration Project Contractor Reaches 2 Million Safe Work Hours

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV) and its subcontractors achieved this month 2 million safe work hours without a lost-time accident over the past 30 months

May 31, 2016
In a First, Yakama Indian Nation Teens Explore Tribal Sacred Areas at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – Yakama Indian Nation teenagers saw tribal sacred areas on the Hanford Site for the first time this month.