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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

EM's Idaho Site Recognizes WIPP Anniversary, Prepares for Its Own Milestone

As the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) celebrates its 20th anniversary, the largest shipper to the facility - the EM program at DOE's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site - is set to achieve a milestone of its own.


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

EM Moves Major Step Closer to Completing Idaho Waste Exhumation Project

EM crews recently finished exhuming radioactive and hazardous waste from a combined area of 5 acres at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) at DOE's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site.


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Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Japanese Delegation Gains Insight into EM's Idaho Cleanup

EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently hosted a tour at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site for Japanese engineers helping with the ongoing cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor accident.


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Tuesday, April 09, 2019

New Technology Improves Efficiency of Waste Characterization at Idaho Facility

EM workers at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site are employing an innovative technology to characterize more than 320 drums, boxes, and objects that have been difficult to measure with other equipment used at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP).


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

From Graphic Artist to Idaho Nuclear Facility Manager

In any Nuclear Hazard Category 2 or 3 facility, when the lights come on in the morning, until crews go home at night, there's one critical position that oversees the compliance and safety of all operations, the Nuclear Facility Manager (NFM).


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Women in Waste Management Discussion Focuses on Transformational Leadership

A willingness to work hard, take risks and chart new paths rather than accept the status quo are often the characteristics of true transformational leaders, panelists agreed during the Women in Waste Management discussion at the 2019 Waste Management Symposia.


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Idaho Site Featured at 2019 Waste Management Symposia

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) was the featured U.S. site at this year's Waste Management Symposia, a nod to the lab celebrating its 70th anniversary and its cleanup program celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.


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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Idaho Site Puts Engineering Principles into Action for Students

Area students have a better idea of how engineering principles impact their lives thanks to engineers from Fluor Idaho, EM's cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.


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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

'2018 Year in Review' Details Progress in EM's Cleanup

EM has published its 2018 Year in Review, summarizing the accomplishments of cleanup workers across the DOE complex over the course of the year.


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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Workers Complete Fuel Transfer Work Scope at Idaho Site

EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently completed a 12-year effort bringing DOE closer to meeting a 2023 milestone with the state of Idaho that all spent nuclear fuel be transferred to dry storage at the Department's Idaho National Laboratory Site.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Idaho Cleanup Contractor Surpasses 2-Million-Hour Safety Milestone

EM's cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site recently reached a safety benchmark by exceeding 2 million hours without a lost workday due to reported illness or injury.


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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Idaho Crews Tackle Challenging Waste Boxes

EM and it's cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory Site are on a challenging Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) mission to segregate debris waste with high concentrations of radioactive isotopes for waste drums that meet criteria for permanent disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).


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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Idaho Cleanup Contractor Marks Multiple Safety Successes

A group within Fluor Idaho, EM's cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, has achieved a new record by working more than a dozen years without a recordable injury or first-aid incident.


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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Idaho Site Completes Third Fuel Shipment to Research Reactors in 2018

EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently completed the third and final shipment of lightly irradiated fuel elements from the DOE's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site this year, supplying material needed to power a reserach reactor


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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Idaho Site Workers Complete 'Roaster Oxides' Project

EM and cleanup contractor at DOE's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site recently completed a complex waste processing project that will allow 214 waste drums to leave the state for permanent disposal.


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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Buried Waste Retrieval Resumes at Idaho Site

EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently resumed exhuming buried Cold War waste at the Accelerated Retrieval (ARP) VIII facility at DOE's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Idaho Chiller Replacements Lead to Taxpayer Savings, Reduced Energy Use

EM's cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory site is helping protect the environment, reduce energy costs, and save taxpayer funds by replacing two 10,000-pound "chillers" that cool the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project's (AMWTP) treatment facility and its associated equipment.



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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Idaho Site Crews Find New Uses for Former Spent Nuclear Fuel Hot Cells

EM and its cleanup contractor at DOE's Idaho Site have repurposed former spent nuclear fuel hot cells to characterize and segregate waste, eliminating the need to construct new buildings or purchase equipment.



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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Idaho Under Secretary, Stakeholders View Idaho Site's Innovative Cleanup Projects

DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar visited the Idaho National Laboratory Site last week. where he viewed one-of-a-kind equipment and processes used to advance cleanup by EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho.



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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Idaho Site Contractor Invests in the Next Generation of EM Workers

Fluor Idaho, EM's cleanup contractor at DOE's Idaho Site, recently welcomed 16 interns for the summer with the prospects of attracting the next generation of employees to replace its retiring workforce.



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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

DOE Idaho Office, EM Contractor Create Interest at STEM Day at Zoo

Employees with the DOE Idaho Operations Office and EM cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho joined other volunteers to teach some 1,500 elementary school students about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at an event at the local zoo.



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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Idaho Contractor Encourages Native American Students to Consider EM Careers

Employees with Idaho Site cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho have met with junior and senior high school students from the local Shoshone-Bannock Tribes over the last several weeks to discuss EM-related career opportunities in engineering, training, and robotics.



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Idaho Site Preparing New Demonstration of Waste Treatment Unit

EM's Idaho Site is preparing to conduct another Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) demonstration, focusing on fluidization of the facility's primary reaction vessel after the project team completed improvements this past year.



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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

EM Sites Mark National Small Business Week

PacTec, a Louisiana-based company provides unique soil bags, called macro bags, to EM cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho to manage secondary waste generated from sludge repackaging project at the Idaho Site's Radioactive Waste Management Complex.



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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Rarely Seen Idaho Wildlife Focus of Earth Day Booth

To a casual observer, the landscape of DOE's Idaho National Laboratory Site in the eastern Idaho Arco Desert is a typical mountain desert, but two above-average water years have altered that view.



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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New EM Assistant Secretary Anne Marie White Visits Idaho Cleanup Project

New EM Assistant Secretary Anne Marie White traveled to the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) last week to view projects and meet with workers in her second visit to a field site as head of the cleanup program.



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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Landfill Cap Design Advances as Idaho Buried Waste Cleanup Winds Down

With almost 85 percent of the targeted buried transuranic waste removed from the Idaho Site's Subsurface Disposal Area, EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho are designing a cap to cover the 97 acre Cold War landfill and further protect the underlying Snake River Plain Aquifer.



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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Idaho Site Crew Develops Shielded Containers for Unique Waste

A team working for the Idaho Site EM program recently built a shielded container to ship a unique waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), an in-house project that saved time and money over procuring the product off-site.



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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

EM Facility Representatives Nominated for Award

DOE created the facility representative position in 1990. Facility representatives are highly trained professionals who provide day-to-day oversight of contractor operations at the Departments most hazardous facilities.



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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Idaho Site Contractor to Rehabilitate Solvent-Contaminated Wells

Deep aquifer monitoring wells at the DOE's Idaho Site, the first of which tested positive for an industrial solvent more than two years ago, will be rehabilitated this summer for use by the environmental restoration program of EM cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho.



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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Engineers of Tomorrow Participate in Fluor Idaho Engineering Days

It was engineered chaos at the Museum of Idaho for Fluor Idaho Engineering Day. More than 500 children and attendtive parents participated in the second annual event, designed for students to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on experiences.



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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Modifications Complete at Idaho Waste Treatment Facility in Preparation for Demonstration Run

Modifications are complete to two of the reaction vessels of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU), and crews are re-assembling the facility's components in preparation for the next demonstration run this spring at EM's Idaho Site.



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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

EM Contractor Funds Youth Robotics Program in Rural Idaho Communities

Students from Howe, Arco, and Mackay are proving there's as much emphasis on technology as there is in tractors in these rural Idaho farming communities.



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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Idaho Site Creates Dual Purpose for Newly Constructed Waste Retrieval Facility

Construction of the final Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP) structure at EM's Idaho Site is complete.



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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pilot Plant Demonstration Provides Valuable Insight for Idaho Treatment Facility

Engineers recently completed an extended demonstration of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit's (IWTU) steam reforming process at a Colorado research facility.



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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Idaho Site Tests Robotic Crawler to Remove Calcine Waste

The EM Idaho Site's Calcine Retrieval Project team recently tested a robotic crawler to adhere to the interior surface of a waste storage vessel and remove residual granulated calcine, a high-level waste.



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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Idaho Site Hot Cell Renovations Allow for Expanded Transuranic Waste Processing

Workers at EM's Idaho Site recently renovated a hot cell to expand waste processing capabilities to a second facility and further protect personnel from high radiological fields.



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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Idaho Site Significantly Reduces Waste Treatment Time Using Port

Workers at the Idaho Site's Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility (AMWTP) are using a new tool to more safely and efficiently handle drums containing high fissile gram equivalent (FGE) material.



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Thursday, December 28, 2017

'2017 Year in Review' Outlines EM's Cleanup Achievements

A EM has published its 2017 Year in Review, summarizing the accomplishments of cleanup workers across the DOE complex over the course of this year.



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Tuesday, December 05, 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.



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Tuesday, 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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Tuesday, November 07, 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.



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Tuesday, November 07, 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.



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Tuesday, 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.



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Tuesday, 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.



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Tuesday, 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).



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Tuesday, 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.



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Tuesday, 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.



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Tuesday, 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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Tuesday, September 05, 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.



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Thursday, 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.



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Thursday, 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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Thursday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Redesigned Equipment for Idaho Waste Treatment Facility Tests Successfully

A redesigned facility component operated successfully during recent testing, representing a key step in the commissioning of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at EM's Idaho Site.



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Thursday, 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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Thursday, 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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Thursday, 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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Thursday, 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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Monday, 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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Thursday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Tuesday, 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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Tuesday, 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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Tuesday, 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.



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Thursday, 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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Thursday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Monday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Monday, 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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Thursday, 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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Thursday, 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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Thursday, 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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Thursday, 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.



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