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January 2, 2012
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s field station, located in Mission, Ore., will be home to one-of-a-kind research and development for revegetation efforts.
Umatilla Tribes to Grow Native Plants for Hanford

MISSION, Ore. – Native plants are often difficult to reproduce. One Tribe will take on this challenge by conducting one-of-a-kind research and development for revegetation efforts at a tribal field station and two greenhouses.

December 1, 2011
Workers move standard waste boxes to the High-Energy Real Time Radiography facility.
New Facility Aids in Lab’s Capability to Ship TRU Waste to WIPP

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) capability to ship transuranic (TRU) waste received a boost with the recent opening of a new facility that increases the efficiency of the Lab’s ability to characterize waste for shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M.

October 3, 2011
DOE ACHIEVES MAJOR COLD WAR LEGACY WASTE CLEANUP MILESTONE: Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Receives 10,000th Shipment

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 10,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste on Sept. 24, 2011. This marked an important milestone in the DOE Office of Environmental Management mission to clean up the country’s Cold War legacy.

September 1, 2011
The new wire rope before installation.
PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE LEADS TO EARLY DETECTION AT WIPP SITE

Carlsbard, NM - The effectiveness of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s (WIPP) preventive maintenance program paid huge dividends late last month when an issue with a steel rope on the project’s waste conveyance was identified during a routine inspection.

August 1, 2011
View of the mill tailings pile at the MOAB site, looking east.
MOAB PROJECT REACHES SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE

Moab, UT - One quarter of the uranium mill tailings pile located in Moab, Utah, has been relocated to the Crescent Junction, Utah, site for permanent disposal.

March 1, 2011
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SOLICITS PUBLIC INPUT TO INFORM DEVELOPMENT OF A PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE FOR DISPOSAL OF GREATER-THAN-CLASS C WASTE

During the months of April and May, 2011 the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management will be holding nine public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Disposal of Greater-Than-Class C (GTCC) Low-Level Radioactive Waste and GTCC-Like Waste. Hearings will be held at the each of the sites being considered for disposal of GTCC wastes and in Washington, DC.

January 3, 2011
HANFORD RECORDS ARE MOVING INTO THEIR NEW HOME!

Hanford, WA - As a result of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) records storage requirement for a 2 hour fire rated records storage building, a team comprised of DOE/Mission Support Alliance, LLC (MSA) members was formed to identify the path forward.

December 1, 2010
OAK RIDGE CERCLA DISPOSAL FACILITY ACHIEVES SAFETY MILESTONE

Oak Ridge, TN - The Environmental Management Waste Management Facility (EMWMF) provides the onsite disposal capability for the majority of cleanup-generated wastes on the Oak Ridge Reservation. EMWMF has continued a long-standing pattern of safe, complaint operations with 3,000 days without a lost workday case since operations commenced on May 28, 2002. The EMWMF has placed 1.5 million tons of waste and fill in the facility.

October 1, 2010
RECOVERY ACT LEADS TO CLEANUP OF TRANSURANIC WASTE SITES

Carlsbad, NM - The recent completion of transuranic (TRU) waste cleanup at Vallecitos Nuclear Center (VNC) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Site 300 in California brings the total number of sites cleared of TRU waste to 17.

August 2, 2010
A sheep’s foot roller compacts the tailings in the disposal cell.
CLEANING UP MILL TAILINGS AND GROUND WATER AT THE MOAB UMTRA PROJECT SITE

Moab, UT - Sixteen million tons of uranium mill tailings 80 feet high stood on the banks of the Colorado River near Moab in southeast Utah, as a legacy to the former ore-processing site that operated for nearly three decades beginning in the mid-1950s.