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July 29, 2015
Employees at Oak Ridge discuss with EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, upper right, the steps involved in processing remote-handled waste and transporting it to UCOR’s storage facilities.
Federal-Contractor Partnership Allows Continued Waste Processing in Oak Ridge

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and two of its contractors — URS I CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC (UCOR) and Wastren Advantage, Inc. (WAI) — have developed a plan that allows the site to continue processing transuranic waste and maintain its cleanup schedule.

July 29, 2015
EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney speaks during the K-31 Building demolition celebration.
Oak Ridge Moves Closer to Reaching Vision 2016

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – About 70 employees, community leaders, and local officials recently gathered to witness the completion of K-31 Building’s demolition at Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), marking the removal of the fourth of five gaseous diffusion buildings at the former uranium enrichment site.

July 29, 2015
Workers demolish the CPP 601-602 Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Complex at the Idaho Site.
A Decade of Cleanup Progress at EM’s Idaho Site

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM has made significant progress in cleaning up the Idaho Site in the past decade.

July 29, 2015
Samplers and safety professionals check the status of the soil vapor extraction monitoring wells. Counter clockwise from top left: Will Wise, Juan Aguilar, Doug Rybarski, and Christina Agular.
After More Than 20 Years Operating, Hanford’s Soil Vapor Extraction Project Nears Completion

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford workers are fast approaching the successful completion of a long-term cleanup project.

June 30, 2015
JD Hope (left) and Kevin Carr, with SRNS Regulatory Integration and Environmental Services, prepare a container of fluorescent tubes for recycling at the SRS Recycling Center.
From Silver to Lead, SRS Turns Trash to Treasure

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s contractor for the nuclear cleanup at the Savannah River Site (SRS) operates a robust recycling program that allows for the reuse of precious metals, electronics, scrap metal, and shell casings from trainings for the site’s security force.

June 30, 2015
An innovative computerized process now used at SRS allows for highly efficient management of environmental sampling information. SRNS Environmental Monitoring Program Field Technician Rebecca Sturdivant checks the calibration of a flowmeter installed near a small stream at SRS.
Innovative, Safer Alternatives Improve Environmental Sampling at Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – Dr. Ruth Patrick was a visionary in environmental monitoring.

June 30, 2015
Mixing It Up

PADUCAH, Ky. – A 150-foot-tall crane turns an eight-foot-diameter auger performing deep-soil mixing at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s southwest groundwater plume. More than 260 borings are being made to a depth of about 60 feet to remove a source of trichloroethene groundwater contamination.

June 30, 2015
Cement trucks hauling specially-formulated grout are once again traversing SRS after grouting activities on Tank 16 began in June.
Grouting Begins on Next SRS Waste Tank

AIKEN, S.C. – Cement trucks hauling specially-formulated grout are once again traversing the Savannah River Site (SRS) after grouting activities on the next underground radioactive liquid waste storage tank began this month.

June 30, 2015
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Old Town area.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Launches Cleanup and Demolition Project

BERKELEY, Calif. – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory authorized this month a small business joint venture to begin a deactivation and demolition project in an area here known as Old Town.

June 30, 2015
Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project retrieval crews safely remove the final box from Pad 1, Cell 2 located in the Transuranic Storage Area Retrieval Enclosure. On the left, the original box was degraded and could not be retrieved intact, so crews removed its contents and overpacked them in three REBOX, which are large wooden containers. On the right, each of the three REBOXs were placed into Bull Run Soft-Sided Overpacks before being exported from the enclosure.
Innovative Idaho Site Crews Find Ways to Make Waste Retrieval Safer, More Efficient

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – It’s comparable in size to an aircraft, and it was once packed with above-ground transuranic waste.