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Thirty years ago, Eric Mickelsen, then a young journeyman bricklayer, completed a radiation protection program course at a vocational-technical school where he was laying brick and was quickly hired as a junior radiological control technician at the Hanford Site.
How can a third-grader lift a zebra? How do you calculate what it takes to feed a tiger? What is the science behind how a bird sings? What are the geometric shapes found in a penguin?
EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho began demonstrations this month simulating the retrieval of a radioactive waste known as calcine.
Allyson Ferry quickly proved her value as a new employee of the EM cleanup at DOE's Idaho National Laboratory Site soon after graduating from the University of Michigan with a chemical engineering degree.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
EM has published its 2018 Year in Review, summarizing the accomplishments of cleanup workers across the DOE complex over the course of the year.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Construction of the final Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP) structure at EM's Idaho Site is complete.
Engineers recently completed an extended demonstration of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit's (IWTU) steam reforming process at a Colorado research facility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new shipping cask design enables EM's Idaho Site to signigicantly increase nuclear waste shipments for disposal.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
EM recently achieved a significant milestone when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 50th transuranic (TRU) waste shipment since April 7.
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.
EM has updated its set of "By the Numbers" infographics, filled with metrics and factoids demonstrating EM's cleanup progress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
A University of Maryland research reactor will continue operating as a result of a collaboration with EM's Idaho Site.
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.
An EM infrastructure investment has further improved safety and increased productivity at the Idaho Site's transuranic waste treatment facility.
EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) today announced receipt of its first shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste since WIPP reopened in January.
Workers removed more than 53,000 cubic meters of transuranic waste stored in an Idaho Site enclosure, creating space to safely treat other waste.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EM's Idaho Site recently marked two significant cleanup accomplishments after workers retrieved the final drums of waste in two projects.
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.
Crucial equipment within EM's Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) at the Idaho Site is being redesigned and is scheduled for testing this month.
Thanks to new robotic gear, EM's Idaho Site is better armed to safely and compliantly handle the cleanup complex's transuranic radioactive waste.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.