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December 5, 2017:
 
Treatment Systems Protect Nation's Second-Largest Aquifer at Idaho
A pump-and-treat system is set to surpass treatment of 700 million gallons of water within the next few months in one of two cleanup projects removing contaminants from the nation’s second-largest aquifer beneath EM’s Idaho Site.
 
November 21, 2017:
 
EM Honors Idaho Site Director, SRS Team for Outstanding Project Management
EM has named Nolan Jensen the EM Federal Project Director of the Year for demonstrating exceptional leadership in an Idaho Site construction project that saved taxpayers $6.4 million.
 
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November 7, 2017:

Idaho Site to Accelerate Low-Level Waste Shipments for Disposal
A new shipping cask design enables EM's Idaho Site to signigicantly increase nuclear waste shipments for disposal.
 
November 7, 2017:
 
WIPP Surpasses 100 Shipments Since April
At Saturday marked the 100th shipment to arrive at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) since transuranic waste shipments to the facility resumed in April.  
 
October 31, 2017:
 
Several EM Prime Contractors Surpass Fiscal Year 2017 Small Business Goals
At least 11 prime cleanup contractors across the EM complex surpassed annual goals for subcontracting with small businesses in fiscal year 2017 (FY17), from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017. 
 
October 24, 2017:
 
Idaho Site Marks 50th WIPP Shipment Since Waste Repository's 2017 Reopening
EM and Idaho Cleanup Project contractor Fluor Idaho recently completed the 50th shipment of Cold War weapons waste from the Idaho Site to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) since the New Mexico repository reopened earlier this year.
 
October 24, 2017:
 
Idaho Site Paves Tank Farm to Protect Snake River Plain Aquifer
EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently finished capping most of the Idaho Site tank farm with asphalt to reduce or eliminate the movement of water through contaminated soil to the Snake River Plain Aquifer 475 feet below the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC).
 
October 17, 2017:
 
Idaho Site Could Arm Calcine Retrieval Project With Robotic Snake
EM’s Idaho Site is considering the use of a new robotic arm to help transfer more than 220 cubic meters of radioactive calcined waste to newer bins, ultimately closing the location where the material has been stored for more than 50 years.
 
September 28, 2017:
 
Overcoming Challenges in the Journey to EM Success
EM officials and cleanup contractor representatives from across the complex shared strategies for moving past challenges in major cleanup projects during the “Path to EM Successes in 2017” session at this year's National Cleanup Workshop, held here earlier this month.
 
September 28, 2017:
 
EM to Continue Ramping Up Shipments to WIPP
EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) expects to receive more shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste in fiscal 2017 than initially planned, Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Todd Shrader said at this year's National Cleanup Workshop, held here earlier this month.
 
September 12, 2017:
 
WIPP Marks Milestone With 50th Waste Shipment Since April
EM recently achieved a significant milestone when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 50th transuranic (TRU) waste shipment since April 7.
 
September 12, 2017:
 
Scaled Model of IWTU Performs Successfully in 30-Day Demonstration
A scaled model of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) performed exceptionally well during a recent month-long demonstration, continuing EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho’s progress in confirmatory testing and preparations to start up the facility.
 
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September 5, 2017:
 
Cleanup by the Numbers: EM Releases New Infographics on Sites' Progress
EM has updated its set of “By the Numbers” infographics, filled with metrics and factoids demonstrating EM’s cleanup progress.
 
August 31, 2017:
 
From Idaho to South Carolina, EM Workers Behold Total Solar Eclipse History
Thousands of spectators at four EM sites witnessed day turn to night as they stood in the path of totality of the historic solar eclipse on Aug. 21.
 

August 17, 2017:
 
Four EM Sites in Path of Total Solar Eclipse
This Monday, Aug. 21, marks the first total solar eclipse in nearly a century that spans the entire United States — including four EM sites. The moon’s shadow will pass over the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Paducah, Oak Ridge, and Savannah River sites.
 
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August 17, 2017:
 
Building Proves Its Worth for Idaho Site Waste Repackaging Mission
Workers at DOE’s Idaho Site have safely increased waste repackaging production thanks to the use of a soft-sided building originally constructed for maintenance of the spent nuclear fuel storage basin water filtration system.
 
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June 28, 2017:
 
Integrated Waste Treatment Unit Startup Benefits from Testing
Recent bench-scale and pilot plant testing is providing valuable data to aid EM’s efforts to start up and operate the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) at DOE’s Idaho Site.
 
 
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June 28, 2017:
 
Workers Upgrade Idaho Site Facility to Allow for New Waste Treatment Mission
Workers at EM’s Idaho Site are upgrading a hot cell in the New Waste Calcining Facility at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center to allow for the safe processing and treatment of a backlog of waste stored at the Materials and Fuels Complex.
 
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May 31, 2017:
 
Eagle Rock Specialties Soars as Fluor Idaho Supplier
Fluor Idaho Procurement Manager Shawna Southwick, left, inspects inventory with Ashley Quiroz and Mike Hendrickson of Eagle Rock Specialties. The firm has provided outstanding support to Fluor Idaho.
 
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May 17, 2017:
 
Energy Secretary Rick Perry Emphasizes Importance of Cleanup at Site Visits
Energy Secretary Rick Perry stressed the significance of DOE’s cleanup efforts in remarks to EM employees in recent visits to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), Idaho Site and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
 
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April 27, 2017:
 
Idaho Site Preps for Calcine Retrieval Project
EM’s Idaho Site is preparing to retrieve and transfer radioactive waste as part of a larger project needed to meet a milestone in a legal agreement with the state.
 
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April 27, 2017:
 
Idaho Site Provides Fuel for University of Maryland Reactor
A University of Maryland research reactor will continue operating as a result of a collaboration with EM's Idaho Site.
 
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April 13, 2017:
 
WIPP Community Celebrates, Reflects on Resumption of Shipments
EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is once again receiving shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste from around the DOE complex. A shipment from the Department’s Idaho Site arrived in the early morning on April 8, marking an important milestone for the facility. 
 
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April 13, 2017:
 
EM's Idaho Site Updates Treatment Facility Infrastructure
An EM infrastructure investment has further improved safety and increased productivity at the Idaho Site’s transuranic waste treatment facility. 
 
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April 10, 2017:
 
WIPP Receives First Shipment Since Reopening
EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) today announced receipt of its first shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste since WIPP reopened in January.
 
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March 30, 2017:
 
Idaho Site Repurposes Enclosure for New Waste Treatment Project
Workers removed more than 53,000 cubic meters of transuranic waste stored in an Idaho Site enclosure, creating space to safely treat other waste.
 
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March 15, 2017:
 
Transuranic Waste Retrieval at Idaho's AMWTP Now Complete
On March 2, workers at DOE’s Idaho site celebrated the completion of transuranic waste retrieval activities at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project’s Transuranic Storage Area-Retrieval Enclosure (TSA-RE).
 
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March 15, 2017:
 
Fluor Idaho Holds Successful Engineering Day
More than 300 engineer wannabes discover a fun way to understand basic engineering principles at the Museum of Idaho-Fluor Idaho Engineering Day on Saturday, Feb. 25.
 
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February 28, 2017:
 
Idaho Contractor Saves More than $100,000 with DOE Training Institute
Fluor Idaho, EM’s Idaho Cleanup Project contractor, expects to save more than $100,000 in tuition, contract development and procurement costs by using the DOE Training Institute's (DTI) electrical safety training.
 
 
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February 14, 2017:
 
Testing Proves Valuable for Idaho Integrated Waste Treatment Unit
Work underway at a Colorado research facility to resolve technical challenges at the Idaho Site’s Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) is paying substantial dividends, with more to come.
 
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January 17, 2017:
 
EM's Idaho Site Marks 25 Years of Cleanup Success
DOE has successfully cleaned up the Idaho Site’s legacy waste for the last 25 years, protecting the primary drinking and irrigation water source for more than 300,000 Idahoans in compliance with an agreement with the state.
 
 
 
2016
 
December 29, 2016:
 
Idaho Waste Treatment Facility Testing Continues in January
A small-scale version of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit’s (IWTU) primary reaction vessel will be used for testing at a Colorado research and testing facility beginning in January to help resolve technical challenges that surfaced during prior simulated waste treatment runs.
 

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December 29, 2016:
 
Idaho Waste Treatment Facility Testing Continues in January
A small-scale version of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit’s (IWTU) primary reaction vessel will be used for testing at a Colorado research and testing facility beginning in January to help resolve technical challenges that surfaced during prior simulated waste treatment runs.
 

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December 15, 2016:

Workers Finish Retrieving Waste Drums at Idaho Site
EM’s Idaho Site recently marked two significant cleanup accomplishments after workers retrieved the final drums of waste in two projects.
 

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November 30, 2016:
 
EM, IWTU Project Team Discuss Path to Startup
EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto met with Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) project engineers this month at the Idaho Site to discuss progress on the facility and review plans for the next work phase.
 

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November 16, 2016:
 
Redesigned Integrated Waste Treatment Unit Equipment Nears Testing Phase
Crucial equipment within EM’s Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) at the Idaho Site is being redesigned and is scheduled for testing this month. 
 

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November 16, 2016:
 
New Idaho Site Robotic Technology Adds Muscle, Enhances Safety
Thanks to new robotic gear, EM’s Idaho Site is better armed to safely and compliantly handle the cleanup complex’s transuranic radioactive waste.
 

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October 17, 2016:
 
Construction Begins on Idaho Site's Final Building for Waste Retrieval
Construction is under way on the ninth and final building for crews to exhume buried Cold War weapons waste at the Idaho Site generated decades ago at the former Rocky Flats Plant near Denver. 
 

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August 31, 2016:
 
Testing at Colorado Research Facility to Benefit Idaho Waste Treatment Facility
Fluor Idaho, the new cleanup contractor at EM’s Idaho Site, is using a Colorado technology research and development facility to help resolve complex challenges related to the initiation of liquid waste treatment operations at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU).
 

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August 15, 2016:
 
EM's Idaho Site Pilot Study of Device Leads to its Launch Complex-Wide
EM’s Idaho Site employees are being commended for leadership and initiative in exploring the use of a new mobile computing device that is now in the hands of about 100 employees across the cleanup complex.
 

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July 28, 2016:
 
Expedited Cleanup Process at Idaho Site Leads to Taxpayer Savings 
A streamlined process to remediate contaminated areas at DOE’s 890-square-mile Idaho Site has benefitted the Environmental Restoration (ER) Program and taxpayers in general.
 

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July 14, 2016:
 
DOE, New Idaho Cleanup Contractor Reflect on Successful Transition, Look to the Future
It’s now been a little more than a month since Fluor Idaho, LLC, officially took over as the new contractor for the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) at DOE’s Idaho Site. EM Update recently spoke with DOE-Idaho (DOE-ID) Deputy Manager Jack Zimmerman and Fluor Idaho President and Project Manager Fred Hughes on the successful transition and plans for the year ahead.
 

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June 30, 2016:
 
Idaho Site Cleanup Employees Look Forward to Handling Robotic Arms
Shirley Perez may be the most excited person ready to get her hands on new robotic arms when they are installed in the EM Idaho Site’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) boxlines this fall.
 

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June 30, 2016:
 
Startup of Idaho Waste Treatment Benefits from Experts' Advice
Several recommendations from technical experts who attended a Chemistry Summit in January and a Fluidized Bed Workshop in April have been incorporated into EM’s Idaho Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU), and based on a recent simulated waste treatment test, the results look promising.