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EM Recovery Act Press Releases

July 1, 2011
DOE Completes Cleanup at New York, California Sites - Recovery Act funds accelerate cleanup; support job creation and footprint reduction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy completed the cleanup of Cold War legacy waste at the Nuclear Radiation Development, LLC (NRD) site near Grand Island, New York, and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California.

June 28, 2011
Marc Sharpe, who was a senior reactor operator at P Reactor in the mid-1980s, (left) and Dr. David Moody, U.S. Department of Energy-Savannah River Operation Office Manager, were the last people to leave P Reactor, just before the opening is welded shut.
SRS Seals Access to P and R Reactors, Marking End to Nearly 60-Years of History: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Progress

AIKEN, S.C. — With investments from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Energy and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, (SRNS) today sealed the access to the historic P and R Reactors as part of footprint reduction and legacy cleanup at the Savannah River Site.

June 14, 2011
Massive Cement Pour into Hanford Site Nuclear Facility Underway: Recovery Act Funding Puts U Canyon in Home Stretch of Demolition Preparations

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford workers are pouring enough cement-like material to fill six Olympic-size swimming pools in one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) largest nuclear facilities at the Hanford Site in southeast Washington State to prepare the massive building for demolition.

June 3, 2011
Moab Mill Tailings Pile 25 Percent Disposed: DOE Moab Project Reaches Significant Milestone

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

May 26, 2011
Recovery Act Funds Expand Groundwater Treatment at Hanford Site: Contractor CH2M HILL drills record number of wells

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers at the Hanford Site have surpassed goals for drilling wells to detect and
remove contamination from groundwater.

May 17, 2011
Recovery Act Begins Box Remediation Operations at F Canyon

AIKEN, S.C. – The F Canyon box remediation program, an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project at Savannah River Site (SRS), has come online to process legacy transuranic (TRU) waste for off-site shipment and permanent disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), a geological repository in New Mexico.

May 12, 2011
DOE Surpasses Cleanup Target Ahead of Schedule: Recovery Act Investment Saves Money, Trains Workers, Creates Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy announced today it has surpassed one of the Obama Administration’s High Priority Performance Goals five months ahead of schedule in its effort to clean up the legacy of the Cold War.

April 26, 2011
The liner installer heat-welds a sand anchor closed. The sand anchors are installed under the liner and across the length of the slit trench to keep the liner in place and minimize the effects of wind lift.
Low-level Waste Safely Dispositioned Under Runoff Cover at SRS

AIKEN, S.C. – A $3.5-million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project at the Savannah River Site (SRS) has placed an operational stormwater runoff cover over the 625,000-square-foot area comprising E-Area Low-Level Waste (LLW) Facility Slit Trench Disposal Units 1-4.

March 4, 2011
Latest 200 Area Demolition Offers Snapshot of Hanford Cleanup Progress: Recovery Act Funding Allows Demolition of Power Houses Ahead of Schedule

RICHLAND, WASH. – Today’s safe and successful explosive demolition at Hanford’s 200 Area by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) is the latest reminder of progress being made on cleanup as a result of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments.

March 2, 2011
SRS Recovery Act Program Reaches $1 Billion Mark: Investments Accelerate Cleanup; Support Jobs, Training and Local Economy

AIKEN, S.C. – In 22 short months, the Savannah River Site (SRS) has spent $1 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to accelerate environmental cleanup of the remaining Cold War legacy, while supporting jobs, training and small businesses in our region.