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January 29, 2013
"TRU" Success: SRS Recovery Act Prepares to Complete Shipment of More Than 5,000 Cubic Meters of Nuclear Waste to WIPP

With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, Savannah River Site (SRS) continues to safely treat and
dispose of radioactive waste created while producing materials for nuclear weapons throughout the Cold War. The DOE site in Aiken, S.C., is safely, steadily, and cost-effectively making progress to analyze, measure, and then carefully cleanup or dispose of legacy transuranic (TRU) waste remaining at SRS after the lengthy nuclear arms race.

November 2, 2012
Recovery Act Exceeds Major Cleanup Milestone, DOE Complex Now 74 Percent Remediated

The Office of Environmental Management's (EM) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program recently achieved 74 percent footprint reduction, exceeding the originally established goal of 40 percent. EM has reduced its pre-Recovery Act footprint of 931 square miles, established in 2009, by 688 square miles.  Reducing its contaminated footprint to 243 square miles has proven to be a monumental task, and a challenge the EM team was ready to take on from the beginning.

August 14, 2012
SRS Recovery Act Completes Major Lower Three Runs Project Cleanup

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act can now claim that 85 percent of the Savannah River Site (SRS) has been cleaned up with the recent completion of the Lower Three Runs (stream) Project.

Twenty miles long, Lower Three Runs leaves the main body of the 310-square mile site and runs through parts of Barnwell and Allendale Counties until it flows into the Savannah River. Government property on both sides of the stream acts as a buffer as it runs through privately-owned property. Completing this project reduces the site’s footprint by another 10 percent.

August 2, 2012
Recovery Act Investment Moves EM Past Milestone of 100 Project Completions

The Office of Environmental Management's (EM) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program recently paused to observe a notable achievement: completion of more than 100 projects in its $6 billion cleanup of the Manhattan Project and Cold War legacy.

January 25, 2012
Diverse Array of Career Resources Help EM Contractor Employees Find New Work

More than 1,640 former Office of Environmental Management (EM) contractor employees have received career and outplacement assistance through a program launched by EM early last year.

Under a contract with EM,  Professional Services of America, Inc. (PSA) operates the Contractor Transition Service Program. Its services are available to contractor employees across the EM complex, including those who worked in the $6 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program, which largely came to a close in September 2011.

December 21, 2011
Progress Continues Post-Recovery Act Award at Hanford Site

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act work at the Hanford site continues with several projects intended to reduce the Cold War cleanup footprint, from decommissioning a plant once associated with plutonium production to demolition of the last remaining structure at a reserve that had served as a buffer area for the U.S. Army.

November 9, 2011
Idaho Crews Overcome Challenges to Safely Dispose 1-Million-Pound Hot Cell

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act cleanup crews at the Idaho site recently disposed of a hot cell as heavy as nine fully loaded Boeing 737s.

Unlike the aircrafts, the 1-million-pound concrete structure moved about two miles per hour on a trailer with 224 tires towed by a semi-truck. Workers safely transported the cell from the Advanced Test Reactor Complex (ATR-C) to an onsite landfill two miles away.

October 6, 2011
Idaho Site Completes Cleanup with Help from Workers who Shipped Waste Decades Ago

From the 1950s until the 1980s, workers at the former Rocky Flats Plant near Denver, Colo., sent hundreds of thousands of barrels and boxes of radioactive and hazardous waste to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for disposal both above and below ground. Now, some of those who sent the Cold War weapons waste to Idaho are helping identify the waste in pits dug up for the first time in more than 40 years.

September 29, 2011
Los Alamos Lab Completes Excavation of Waste Disposal Site Used in the 1940s

Los Alamos National Laboratory recently completed excavation of its oldest waste disposal site, Material Disposal Area B (MDA-B), thanks to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

September 13, 2011
Hanford Treats Record Amount of Groundwater

Workers have treated more than 800 million gallons of groundwater at the Hanford Site so far this year, a record annual amount.

Last year, workers with DOE contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company treated 600 million gallons of groundwater at the site.