Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management 2017 Year in Review

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In December 2017, EM released its 2016 Year-in-Review outlining the vast amount of work conducted in the nuclear cleanup program across the DOE complex in 2017.

The Year-in-Review highlights major accomplishments at each EM site and at EM headquarters, including:

  • Resumption of waste emplacement at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant after the facility’s reopening earlier this year;   
  • Safe and successful treatment of remediated nitrate salt drums at Los Alamos National Laboratory; 
  • Completion of cleanup activities at Hanford’s 618-10 burial ground; 
  • Construction of the Savannah River Site’s 33 million-gallon Saltstone Disposal Unit 6;
  • Retrieval of about 65,000 cubic meters of transuranic waste at the Idaho Site’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project, bringing a nearly 15-year effort to closure;
  • Groundbreaking for the new Mercury Treatment Facility at Oak Ridge, which will enable EM to carry out additional cleanup at the Y-12 National Security Complex; 
  • Completion of the Greater-Than-Class C (GTCC) low-level radioactive waste (LLW) and GTCC-like waste Report to Congress, moving the Department closer to having a GTCC LLW disposal capability.
  • Start of demolition of the West Valley Demonstration Project Vitrification Facility; and
  • Completion of demolition of Building G2 at the Separations Process Research Unit.