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May 3, 2012
DOE Reaches Recovery Act Goal With Cleanup of All Legacy Transuranic Waste at Sandia National Laboratories

CARLSBAD, N.M., May 3, 2012 –The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) completed cleanup of the Cold War legacy transuranic (TRU) waste at Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) in Albuquerque, New Mexico when four shipments of remote-handled (RH) TRU waste from Sandia arrived at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M. for permanent disposal on May 2, 2012.

April 26, 2012
Savannah River Site Team Wins Carolina Challenge at 2012 DOE Security Protection Officer Competition

Savannah River Site, Aiken, S.C. – Security Protection Officers from Savannah River
Site’s (SRS) security contractor WSI-SRS, today won the Department of Energy (DOE)
Secretary’s Trophy as the top DOE team in the 2012 Security Protection Officer Team
Competition (SPOTC)- 2012 Carolina Challenge, held here, April 22-26. It was the 40th
anniversary of the SPOTC competition.

April 25, 2012
Department of Energy Announces Intent to Extend Hanford Site Contract

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy (DOE) plans to extend CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company’s contract for environmental cleanup at the Hanford Site by another five years.

April 23, 2012
Waste Treatment Facility Passes Federal Inspection, Completes Final Milestone, Begins Startup

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.

April 20, 2012
DOE Awards Management and Operating Contract for DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC (members comprised of URS Energy & Construction, Inc., of Boise, Idaho, and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group, Inc., of Lynchburg, Virginia, and Major Subcontractor, AREVA Federal Services LLC, of Bethesda, Maryland) has been awarded a $1.3 billion contract for management and operating (M&O) at DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

April 18, 2012
Retrieval Of Final Stored Radioactive Waste Resumes

IDAHO FALLS, ID - Operations to retrieve the estimated 6,900 cubic meters of stored transuranic waste remaining at the Idaho site began this week at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project.

April 18, 2012
Sixth Chapter of Hanford Story Released to Public: Chapter Covers History and Cleanup of Most Hazardous Facility at Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy is releasing the sixth chapter of The Hanford Story video series to the public today. "Plutonium Finishing Plant" provides viewers with a look at the history and cleanup of the highest hazard facility remaining at the Hanford Site.

April 16, 2012
Recent Demolition Makes Oak Ridge National Laboratory Cleaner, Safer

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) cleanup contractor Safety and Ecology Corporation recently removed four structures as part of the Building 3026 C/D Hot Cells Project.

March 29, 2012
Major Cold War Cleanup Milestone Reached at the Savannah River Site

Energy Department Announces Path Forward to Close Some of DOE’s Largest Radioactive Waste Storage Tanks Closed to Date

March 26, 2012
U.S. Department of Energy Announces 2012 Dates for Public Tours of Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

PIKETON, OH – Have you ever wanted to go inside the security fence at the Department of Energy’s former uranium enrichment facilities to see what’s behind the gates?