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2017 Press Releases

August 2, 2017:
A unique piece of equipment at the Department of Energy’s Idaho site that compacts transuranic waste recently achieved 100,000 hours of operation and performance and reliability indicate a capability for additional years of service.
March 2, 2017:
Crews at the DOE Idaho Site Complete Significant Waste Retrieval Milestone
For more than 20 years, a gigantic building – covering seven acres of land at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho site – has been the temporary storage location for hundreds of thousands of containers filled with radioactively contaminated materials.


2016 Press Releases

October 26, 2016:
Idaho site earns Governor’s Award for Leadership in Energy Efficiency
The Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources has selected the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory as the recipient of the 2016 Governor'sAward for Leadership in Energy Efficiency.
September 20, 2016:
Crews at the DOE Idaho Site Complete Buried Waste Cleanup Accomplishment
Crews with Fluor Idaho, LLC, at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Idaho Site have completed a significant cleanup accomplishment that further protects the underlying Snake River Plain Aquifer, the primary drinking and irrigation water source for more than 300,000 Idahoans.
June 1, 2016:
Fluor Idaho Begins Operations at DOE's Idaho Site
Operational responsibilities for environmental management work at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho Operations Office were transitioned to Fluor Idaho, LLC today, marking the start of a five-year contract to support cleanup at the Department’s Idaho site.


2017 News Articles from the Office of Environmental Management

September 5, 2017:
EM has updated its set of “By the Numbers” infographics, filled with metrics and factoids demonstrating EM’s cleanup progress.
August 31, 2017:
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:
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.
August 17, 2017:
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.
June 28, 2017:
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
June 28, 2017:
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.
May 31, 2017:
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
May 17, 2017:
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).
April 27, 2017:
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.
April 27, 2017:
A University of Maryland research reactor will continue operating as a result of a collaboration with EM's Idaho Site.
April 13, 2017:
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. 
April 13, 2017:
An EM infrastructure investment has further improved safety and increased productivity at the Idaho Site’s transuranic waste treatment facility. 
April 10, 2017:
EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) today announced receipt of its first shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste since WIPP reopened in January.
March 30, 2017:
Workers removed more than 53,000 cubic meters of transuranic waste stored in an Idaho Site enclosure, creating space to safely treat other waste.
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).
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.
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. 
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.
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 News Articles from the Office of Environmental Management

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. 
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.  
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.