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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Panelists Detail Next Phase of EM Progress

A panel of leaders from EM and several of its contractors provided updates at the National Cleanup Workshop on key progress and discussed the next phase of the cleanup mission.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

White Applauds Accomplishments, Lays Out Challenges in Workshop Address

EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White praised recent progress in EM’s cleanup work and laid out a roadmap of future success as he kicked off the first full day of the annual National Cleanup Workshop in Arlington, Virginia on Sept. 22.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Managers Share Progress, Achievements, Challenges in Roundtable Discussion

Eight managers leading cleanup at EM sites across the DOE complex highlighted successes and shared challenges over the past year during a roundtable discussion at the National Cleanup Workshop. Rebecca Casper, mayor of the City of Idaho Falls, Idaho, kicked off the discussion as moderator, telling the audience that EM’s field office managers truly embody the word “management” as they sit at the confluence of science, politics, finance, technology and media.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Idaho, WIPP Observe Safety-Focused Day to Affirm Waste Shipping Relationship

EM crews at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site and Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) jointly observed a day focused on safety last week to review transuranic (TRU) waste shipping and receipt procedures, reestablish their commitment to safety and further strengthen their working relationships.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

By the Numbers, Idaho National Laboratory

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site, an 890-square-mile DOE site located in the high desert of eastern Idaho, was established in 1949 on land once used as a Naval gunnery range.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Chief Engineer Encouraged by Idaho Site Waste Treatment Plant Performance

Following a record-breaking simulant run at EM’s Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) earlier this summer, engineers are inspecting reaction vessels and other equipment of the liquid waste treatment facility before initiating radiological operations at the DOE Idaho National Laboratory Site, scheduled for this fall.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Idaho Intern Hopes to Continue Family’s Legacy Following Graduation

A former U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) intern is hoping to parlay her experience at the DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site this past summer into a full-time career, joining her parents in the profession of industrial hygiene.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Idaho Engineers Become Drone Pilots to Prepare for Testing, Waste Vault Entry

For decades, the nuclear industry has used remotely operated drones to photograph building exteriors and take radiation measurements safely. EM’s Calcine Retrieval Project (CRP) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site is progressing toward what is likely to be a first: flying a light detection and ranging-equipped drone inside a high-level radioactive waste vault to map its interior.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

EM Internship Expands Idaho Student’s Knowledge of Engineering Field

An intern supporting the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) at the Idaho National Laboratory Site this summer touted his hands-on experience in the field as beneficial to understanding the dynamic nature of his intended profession.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Idaho Site Makes Headway Reducing Risk in Spent Nuclear Fuel Projects

EM crews at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site are making significant progress to reduce risk through two projects involving spent nuclear fuel in support of a 1995 agreement with the State of Idaho.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Idaho Site Creates Virtual Tour for Public in Wake of Pandemic

In the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EM program at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site recently filmed a virtual video tour of its facilities as an alternative to in-person visits.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Idaho Crews Build Proficiency With Heavy Equipment Before Tackling Demolition Work

When preparing to use heavy equipment to decontaminate and demolish (D&D) Cold War-era buildings and structures, EM's cleanup contractor at the DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site believes practice makes perfect.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Idaho Crews Build Proficiency With Heavy Equipment Before Tackling Demolition Work

When preparing to use heavy equipment to decontaminate and demolish (D&D) Cold War-era buildings and structures, EM's cleanup contractor at the DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site believes practice makes perfect.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Idaho Liquid Waste Treatment Facility Achieves New Operational Milestones

Engineers and operators supporting the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) at the DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site have taken the facility to new heights in its recently completed confirmatory run.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Bittersweet: Idaho Employee Supervises Closure of Building Where His Career Began

As a twentysomething operations technician, Mark Henderson thought he would work in the Transuranic Storage Area-Retrieval Enclosure (TSA-RE) at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site for his entire career.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Idaho Site Progressing Toward Full Operations at Liquid Waste Treatment Plant

The Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) completed its seventh week of steady-state operations treating more than 100,000 gallons of simulant, equivalent to about one-ninth of the liquid sodium-bearing waste (SBW) stored in the site’s tank farm at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC).

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Idaho Site Intern Strengthens Skills While Supporting Others in Training

Proper training is crucial in the nuclear field to maintain worker safety and ensure work is performed according to procedures.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Idaho Site Tests Use of Drone to Map Inside of High-Level Waste Storage Vault

EM is testing a commercial inspection drone to map piping and other obstructions as it prepares to position equipment to retrieve granulated high-level radioactive waste called calcine from storage bins enclosed in a concrete vault at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory Site.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Office of Environmental Management Intern Finds Balance Between Work and Outdoor Pursuits in Idaho

Tired of big cities, Justin Arena exercised his own version of Manifest Destiny and headed to the West to begin an internship at the DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, supporting one of EM’s highest-priority projects.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

EM on Track for Success on 2022 Priorities

EM is on track for success in meeting most of its priority goals for 2022, including a handful that already have been completed.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Animal Magnetism for Idaho Students at Science-Based Zoo Event

Inquisitive grade-school students in eastern Idaho curious about science and problem solving found much to like during a recent visit to the zoo.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Tour of Cleanup Projects, Meeting With Tribes Highlight Ike White’s Idaho Visit

EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White recently visited the DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, where he surveyed progress on major cleanup projects, attended a celebration to mark the completion of buried waste exhumation at a Cold War-era landfill and met with members of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

U.S., State Officials Applaud Employees for Outpacing Idaho Cleanup Milestone

Elected officials and EM leaders last week commended the team that completed the exhumation of targeted waste from 5.69 acres of a Cold War weapons landfill at the DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

As Buried Waste Exhumation Ends, Construction of a Landfill Cover Follows

The Accelerated Retrieval Project I (ARP I), an effort to identify and exhume specific buried waste from a waste repository at the DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, began in January 2005.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Portion of Landfill Provided Data for Path Forward to Cleanup

In the early 1990s, DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state of Idaho signed a record of decision to clean up a pit within a waste repository at the DOE Idaho National Laboratory Site using a chemical extraction process, which later proved unsuccessful

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Idaho Site Sets Sights on Important Spent Nuclear Fuel Milestone

https://www.energy.gov/em/articles/idaho-site-sets-sights-important-spent-nuclear-fuel-milestone

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Test Run Underway at Idaho Site Liquid Waste Treatment Facility

Crews at the DOE Idaho National Laboratory Site are operating the final test run of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU), running waste simulant through the facility to ensure the plant’s performance and personnel proficiency for upcoming radiological operations. Processing 100 waste containers through the IWTU is an EM priority for 2022.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Idaho Site Sets Sights on Busy Year of Projects

EM and its new Idaho Cleanup Project contractor are tackling a full slate of work at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site this year, including treating and shipping waste out of state, starting radiological operations at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) and planning for significant construction and demolition projects.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

EM to Demolish Submarine Reactor Prototype at Idaho Site

EM is set to deactivate and demolish the prototype for a reactor plant used for the first nuclear-powered submarine, a major step toward advancing environmental cleanup at the DOE's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Idaho Operator Enjoys Front Row in Project's Shipments to WIPP

For more than 20 years, the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the DOE Idaho National Laboratory Site has sent shipments of defense transuranic (TRU) waste for disposal to EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. And one person has been involved in every shipment.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Removal of Nuclear Waste in Idaho is Nearly Finished

Waste generated during nuclear weapons production work at Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado

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