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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?

March 12, 2012
SRS Marks Successful Operational Startup of New Biomass Cogeneration Facility

AIKEN, S.C. – Today, Under Secretary of Energy Thomas D’Agostino joined U.S. Representative
Joe Wilson (R-SC) and other senior officials from the Department of Energy (DOE) and Ameresco, Inc.
(NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, to mark the successful
operational startup of a new $795M renewable energy fueled facility at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

March 8, 2012
Fifth Chapter of Hanford Story Released to Public: Chapter Dedicated to Potential Future Uses of the Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy is releasing the fifth chapter of The Hanford Story
video series to the public today.

March 2, 2012
Energy Department Announces Small Modular Reactor Technology Partnerships at Savannah River Site

The U.S. Energy Department and its Savannah River Site (SRS) announced today three public-private partnerships to develop deployment plans for small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) technologies at SRS facilities, near Aiken, South Carolina.