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August 29, 2011
First TRUPACT-III Shipment Arrives Safely at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that the first shipment of transuranic waste using the newly approved shipping package known as the TRUPACT-III safely arrived at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico.

August 25, 2011
Second Chapter of Hanford Story Released to Public - Agency Launches Web Page Dedicated to The Hanford Story

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy is releasing the second chapter of The Hanford Story today to the public. ―Groundwater‖ explains how more than 100 square miles of groundwater under the Hanford Site in southeast Washington State became contaminated and what workers are doing to restore groundwater to its highest beneficial use.

August 19, 2011
Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Set for New Radiological and Environmental Sciences Laboratory

IDAHO FALLS— On Monday, Aug. 22, an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to mark the opening of the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Radiological and Environmental Sciences Laboratory. The mission of the RESL facility is to provide measurement quality assurance for programs that protect workers, the public and the environment. The media is welcome to join us and tour the new facility.

August 18, 2011
Department of Energy Completes Five Recovery Act Projects - Moves Closer to Completing Recovery Act Funded Work at Oak Ridge Site

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management (EM) program recently completed five projects at the Oak Ridge site funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

August 15, 2011
DOE Completes Disposal Operations In Panel 5 of the WIPP Underground

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that disposal operations in Panel 5 of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground repository are complete. Last month, the final contact-handled transuranic (CH-TRU) waste shipment was emplaced in the panel, which took just over two years to fill.

August 12, 2011
Ancient Glass in the Nuclear Age - Denis Strachan and Joseph Ryan

PNNL scientists are studying pieces of ancient Roman glass from 1,800-year-old shipwrecks and ruins to assist today's efforts to safely store nuclear waste.

August 11, 2011
Massive Soil Cleanup Effort Concludes at Hanford - Recovery Act Funding Pays for Safe Disposal of 20,000 Truckloads of Soil

RICHLAND, Wash. – U.S. Department of Energy contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company removed nearly half a million tons of contaminated soil over the last two years using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding at the Hanford Site in southeast Washington State.

August 10, 2011
SRS Environmental Bioassay Laboratory Support Aids Japan

AIKEN, SC— On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and a tsunami wave triggered a string of disasters in Japan that created an outpouring of relief efforts to assist the Japanese people.

August 9, 2011
Annual report shows potential INL radiation dose well below safe regulatory limits

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho Operations Office reported this month that radiation from the site falls well below limits established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The annual report’s conclusions are supported by direct environmental monitoring data routinely taken during the year, and show that activities at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site are protective of human health and the environment.