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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).

November 9, 2011
WIPP Receives Top Safety Award

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received top accolades from New Mexico’s leading mining organizations.

November 8, 2011
MEDIA ADVISORY: DOE Open House to Focus on Programmatic Successes Achieved Under ARRA Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho Operations Office will hold an open house on Monday, Nov. 14 to highlight the cleanup and energy accomplishments made with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding.

November 4, 2011
DOE Awards Contract for Moab Mill Tailings Cleanup

Cincinnati– The Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that it has awarded a competitive small business contract worth $121.2 million over the next five years as part of the
Department’s continued efforts to protect the Colorado River and downstream water users by removing uranium tailings at the former Atlas uranium-ore processing facility in Moab, Utah.
Portage, Inc., a small business based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, will be leading the new contract.

October 24, 2011
10,000th Shipment Celebrated at WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M., October 24, 2011 – Approximately 130 people gathered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) on October 22, to celebrate the 10,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste to WIPP, which arrived safely late last month.