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March 10, 2011
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Payments Surge Past $4 Billion

EM has made more than $4 billion in Recovery Act payments, or 32 percent of the DOE's $12.4 billion in Recovery Act payments. DOE received $35.2 billion from the Recovery Act, and EM's portion of that was $6 billion, or 17 percent.

March 7, 2011
Recovery Act-Funded Study Assesses Contamination at Former Test Site in California

Workers in a study funded by $38 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to assess radiological contamination have collected more than 600 soil samples and surveyed 120 acres of land for gamma radiation.

Under an interagency agreement with DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting the study at Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) Area IV and the Northern Undeveloped Land.

March 1, 2011
Recovery Act Changes Hanford Skyline with Explosive Demolitions

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workers at the Hanford Site recently used explosives to demolish industrial structures that supported plutonium processing for national defense. The explosive demolitions took down two 250-foot-tall exhaust chimneys, two 90-foot-fall air filter structures, and a 140-foot-tall water tower. The water tower was marked by a "Work Safely" motto that greeted workers.

February 24, 2011
Moab Project Disposes 2 Million Tons of Uranium Mill Tailings with Recovery Act Funds

The Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project reached its primary American Recovery and Reinvestment Act milestone ahead of schedule on Wednesday with the disposal of 2 million tons of uranium mill tailings.

The project had originally planned to ship 2 million tons of tailings with Recovery Act funds. Now, Recovery Act workers are surpassing that goal.

February 14, 2011
Recovery Act Workers Clear Reactor Shields from Brookhaven Lab

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workers are in the final stage of decommissioning a nuclear reactor after they recently removed thick steel shields once used to absorb neutrons produced for research.

The Brookhaven National Laboratory is using $39 million from the Recovery Act to decommission the Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor, the world’s first reactor built solely for peaceful research purposes.

February 7, 2011
Savannah River Site Removes Dome, Opening Reactor for Recovery Act Decommissioning

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workers achieved a significant milestone in the decommissioning of a Cold War reactor at the Savannah River Site this month after they safely removed its rusty, orange, 75-foot-tall dome. With the help of a 660-ton crane and lifting lugs, the workers pulled the 174,000-pound dome off the Heavy Water Components Test Reactor, capping more than 16 months of preparations.

February 3, 2011
Recovery Act Workers Demolish Facility Tied to Project Pluto History

Workers recently razed a facility used in the historic Project Pluto, the latest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act accomplishment helping clean up traces of past nuclear testing at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).

Recovery Act workers safely hauled the last demolition waste from the Pluto Disassembly Facility to disposal facilities Jan. 11. The project is slated for completion this spring after workers finish installing a concrete cap over the below-ground level where the facility stood.

February 1, 2011
Recovery Act Project Clears Portsmouth Switchyard, Benefits Community through Recycling

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act workers recently completed the demolition of structures in an electrical switchyard used to help power the Portsmouth Site's uranium enrichment processes for defense and commercial uses for nearly five decades.

In the $28 million Recovery Act project completed safely and on schedule, workers demolished 160 towers as tall as 120 feet that were used to operate the X-533 Electrical Switchyard.

January 18, 2011
Recovery Act Workers Complete Environmental Cleanup of Coal Ash Basin

The Savannah River Site (SRS) recently cleaned up a 17-acre basin containing coal ash residues from Cold War operations. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project was safely completed at a cost of $8.9 million, $2.9 million under budget.

The manmade earthen basin received ash from the former R Area Powerhouse operations, which ended in 1964. The first of five reactors constructed at SRS, the R Reactor produced nuclear materials for national defense.