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June 7, 2011
Recovery Act Supports Construction of Site's Largest Groundwater Treatment Facility

Construction of the largest groundwater treatment facility at the Hanford Site – a major American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project – is on schedule and more than 70 percent complete.

Recovery Act workers with DOE contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company are on pace to finish construction of the 200 West Groundwater Treatment Facility this year.

June 1, 2011
Recovery Act Funding Leads to Record Year for Transuranic Waste Shipments

With the help of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received the most transuranic waste shipments in a single year since waste operations began there in 1999.

The 1,194 shipments WIPP received for safe, permanent disposal in 2010 beats a previous record of 1,144 shipments in 2006.

May 12, 2011
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Payments Soar Past $4.3 Billion

EM has awarded about $2 billion – or one third of the $6 billion from the Recovery Act – to small businesses. The EM Recovery Act Program has far exceeded EM’s goal of awarding approximately 5 percent of funding to small businesses.

May 3, 2011
Study Shows Significant Economic Impact from Recovery Act

A study recently released shows the $1.6 billion the Savannah River Site (SRS) received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has had a positive economic impact on the adjacent five-county region.

The study's findings were presented at the University of South Carolina Aiken's (USC Aiken) Convocation Center. More than 75 people attended the meeting, where presenters commended the Recovery Act for accelerating Cold War cleanup at SRS and boosting employment and business in the local community.

April 27, 2011
Recovery Act Workers Remediate and Restore Former Waste Sites, Help Reduce Cold War Footprint

The Hanford Site is looking greener these days after American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workers revegetated 166 acres across 12 waste sites, planting over 1,100 pounds of seeds and about 280,000 pounds of mulch.

The largest of the sites, known as the BC Control Area, is an approximately 13-square-mile area associated with a waste disposal system used during Hanford operations.

April 20, 2011
Manhattan Project Truck Unearthed in Recovery Act Cleanup

A Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) excavation crew working on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act cleanup project has uncovered the remnants of a 1940s military truck buried in a Manhattan Project landfill.

The truck was unearthed inside a sealed building where digging is taking place at Material Disposal Area B (MDA-B), the Lab's first hazardous and radioactive waste landfill. MDA-B was used from 1944 to 1948.

April 14, 2011
Idaho Site Advances Recovery Act Cleanup after Inventing Effective Treatment

For the first time in history, workers at the Idaho site achieved success in the initial cleanup of potentially dangerous sodium in a decommissioned nuclear reactor using an innovative treatment process. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act invested $70 million in the project, which employs 130 workers.

DOE officials cheered the outcome and praised the team that designed and implemented the innovative sodium treatment for which the DOE has filed a provisional patent application.

March 30, 2011
Recovery Act Funds are Helping Oak Ridge's Building K-33 Disappear Fast

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workers in Oak Ridge are working safely and quickly to complete the demolition of Building K-33, a 1.4 million-square-foot former gaseous diffusion plant in the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP).

Diligent work from LATA-Sharp Remediation Services employees is creating remarkable results – a 1.4 percent reduction in the superstructure's footprint per day.

March 24, 2011
Hanford's Recovery Act Payments Jump Past $1 Billion

The Richland Operations Office's (RL) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act payments at Hanford recently surpassed $1 billion.

RL was allocated $1.63 billion from the Recovery Act in 2009 in order to create jobs and reduce the footprint of active cleanup at Hanford.

March 17, 2011
Sound Project Management, Safe and Efficient Work Lead to Savings for More Recovery Act Cleanup

Sound management practices and safe, efficient work have led to cost savings and rapid progress in the Idaho site's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects. The efficiencies have freed up $12 million for additional Cold War cleanup.

That $12 million from the Recovery Act is being used to exhume targeted buried waste from a quarter-acre portion of a landfill called Pit 9 so it can be disposed permanently and safely.