American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workers safely cleared asbestos from more than 5,500 feet of piping in the Main Plant Process Building. Project completion is an important step in preparing the former commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing building for demolition.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workers successfully transferred 130 containers of remote-handled transuranic waste – each weighing up to 15 tons – to a facility for repackaging and shipment to a permanent disposal location.
As part of a project funded by $90 million from the Recovery Act, the final shipment of the containers from the Materials and Fuels Complex recently arrived at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC).
Demolitions have helped generate more than 8 million pounds of metal at the Piketon site for recycling, further promoting economic activity in the region thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Proceeds from recycling that metal through the unique program will add to the more than $2.8 million already generated from recycling more than 5.2 million pounds of material from site demolition efforts.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workers at the Savannah River Site (SRS) placed a time capsule with a cache of timely news items inside a former nuclear reactor this week before sealing the 300,000-square foot facility shut for hundreds of years to allow radioactivity to naturally decay.
The Hanford Site recently surpassed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act goals to accelerate the cleanup of legacy waste and fuels.
Workers recently achieved three waste management goals ahead of a Sept. 30, 2011 target. The three goals focus on reducing Hanford’s onsite waste inventory as part of the work funded by $1.6 billion the Richland Operations Office received from the Recovery Act.
Effective safety procedures in place at Los Alamos National Laboratory would have provided protections in the event that the raging Las Conchas fire had spread to the site of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project.
"Our procedures not only placed the waste excavation site, Materials Disposal Area B (MDA-B), into a safe posture so it was well protected during the fire, but also allowed us to resume work quickly," said Project Director Al Chaloupka.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workers recently cleaned up a second basin containing coal ash residues from Cold War operations at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
About $24 million from the Recovery Act funded the environmental restoration project, allowing SRS to complete the project at least five years ahead of schedule. The work is part of a larger Recovery Act cleanup of the P Area scheduled for completion by the end of September 2011.
The Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12) recently celebrated the early completion of its largest Recovery Act funded project, emptying all legacy material from Alpha 5. The cleanout of the 613,000-square-foot facility was completed at a cost of about $100 million one month ahead of schedule.