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January 23, 2012
DOE Considers Natural Gas Utility Service Options: Proposal Includes 30-mile Natural Gas Pipeline from Pasco to Hanford

RICHLAND, WASH. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is considering natural gas transportation and distribution requirements to support the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) and evaporator operations at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State.

January 11, 2012
Cleanup of 77 Waste Sites Meets Two TPA Milestones: 1.2 million tons of soil and debris disposed of from D, H Reactor Areas

RICHLAND, WASH. – Department of Energy (DOE) contractor, Washington Closure Hanford, recently cleaned up 77 waste sites at Hanford to meet two Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) milestones before the end of 2011.

January 9, 2012
DOE Selects Two Small Businesses to Truck Transuranic Waste to New Mexico Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Cincinnati – The Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded two small-business contracts to
CAST Specialty Transportation, Inc. and Visionary Solutions, LLC, to provide trucking services
to transport transuranic (TRU) waste, from DOE and other defense-related TRU waste generator sites to
the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site, near Carlsbad, New Mexico.

December 22, 2011
Idaho Site Completes Demolition of Cold War-era Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Facility

A gravel mound, larger than half a city block and several feet thick, is the only visible feature that remains at the site of a Cold War-era spent nuclear fuel reprocessing facility at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho site. About $44 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds helped Idaho Cleanup Project crews accelerate the demolition of the facility that during its 40 years of operation recovered more than $1 billion worth of uranium.

December 21, 2011
DOE issues Finding of No Significant Impact on Environmental Assessment for Replacement Capability for Disposal of Remote-Handled Low Level Radioactive Waste Generated at Idaho Site

Idaho Falls, ID – After completing a careful assessment, the U.S. Department of Energy has determined that building a new facility at its Idaho National Laboratory site for continued disposal of remote-handled low level radioactive waste generated by operations at the site will not have a significant impact on the environment.

December 21, 2011
WIPP Receives First Remote-Handled Waste Shipment From Sandia Labs

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has received the first of eight planned defense-related remote-handled transuranic (RH-TRU) waste shipments from Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque.

December 13, 2011
Carlsbad Field Office Recognized by New Mexico and DOE for Environmental Excellence at WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The Department of Energy (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) was selected for top recognition for environmental stewardship and for reducing energy, water and paper usage at the DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

November 18, 2011
Demolition Begins on Hanford’s Historic Plutonium Vaults - Plutonium Finishing Plant on track to meet regulatory milestone

RICHLAND, WASH. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) began demolishing a vault complex that once held stores of plutonium for the U.S. nuclear weapons program at the Hanford Site in southeast Washington State.

November 14, 2011
DOE Issues Request for Proposals for Hanford Site Occupational Medical Services

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an Occupational Medical Services contract at the Hanford Site. The solicitation is for a small-business contractor to perform occupational medical services for the DOE Richland Operations Office and Office of River Protection.

November 10, 2011
Carlsbad Field Office Manager Selected

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Richland Operations Office (RL) Assistant Manager for the River Corridor Joe Franco was selected as Manager for the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), which oversees the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).