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Environmental Cleanup

October 6, 2010
Agreement on New Commitments for Hanford Tank Waste Cleanup Sent to Federal Judge

RICHLAND, Wash. - The U.S. Department of Energy and Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) jointly filed a motion today in U.S. District Court asking the court to approve and enter a judicial consent decree that imposes a new, enforceable, and achievable schedule for cleaning up waste from Hanford's underground tanks.  The settlement also includes new milestones in the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA), an administrative order between DOE, Ecology, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which governs cleanup at DOE's Hanford Site.

September 3, 2010
Department of Energy reaches an agreement in principle on the cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Lab site in Simi Valley

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Energy announced today that it has reached an agreement in principle with California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and NASA on the cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) site in Simi Valley.

April 7, 2010
Department of Energy Awards $9 Million in Grants for Science and Technical Research to Historically Black Colleges and Universities in South Carolina and Georgia

COLUMBIA, S.C. - At an event today in Columbia, S.C., U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Inés Triay joined with U.S. House Majority Whip, Congressman James E. Clyburn, to award a total of nearly $9 million to nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in South Carolina and Northeast Georgia.  The funding will be used to develop academic programs that promote minority involvement in science and technical research fields, which will help support the mission of DOE's Office of Environmental Management. 

March 22, 2010
DOE, USDA, and NSF Launch Joint Climate Change Prediction Research Program

New interagency program to generate high-resolution tools to address climate change

November 12, 2009
Secretary Chu Announces Determination of No Adverse Material Impact for Uranium Transfer to Fund Portsmouth Cleanup

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary Chu announced today that the Department of Energy has issued a final determination and market impact study for the proposed uranium transfer to fund accelerated cleanup activities at the Portsmouth Site in Piketon, Ohio, which will create between 800 to 1,000 new jobs for the community.  The market review and determination confirms that the proposed transfer of uranium will not have an adverse material impact on the domestic uranium industries.

November 4, 2009
Deputy Secretary Poneman: Recovery Act Putting Americans to Work and Accelerating Important Work at Savannah River Site

Launches video highlighting the jobs created at SRS through Recovery

August 4, 2009
Department of Energy and USEC Announce Decision to Delay USEC Loan Guarantee Application Final Review

Additional time will allow company to address financial and technical concerns about its application

August 4, 2009
New Independent Analysis Confirms Climate Bill Costs About a Postage Stamp a Day

EIA: Household costs increase about 23 cents per day by 2030

April 22, 2009
Op-Ed by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis: Building the American Clean Energy Economy

To commemorate Earth Day, the op-ed below on green jobs and energy independence by Secretaries Steven Chu and Hilda Solis ran in the following papers yesterday and today:

Austin American-Statesman
Buffalo News
Denver Post
Montgomery Advertiser
Omaha World Herald
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

April 22, 2009
US Department of Energy Promotes Special Earth Week Feature on

Simple Steps Will Help Consumers Save Money -- and the Planet