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SWPF Poised to Start Processing Tank Waste at Savannah River Site
Paul Dabbar, the Department of Energy’s undersecretary for science, joined lawmakers and other officials at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina Thursday to dedicate the long-anticipated Salt Waste Processing Facility. The plant “is the final piece to what is an impressive and highly successful liquid waste program here,” Dabbar said in a DOE press release. “Bringing it online is a tremendous victory, not only for the site, but for the entire cleanup mission.” “Hot commissioning” will start early next month for the plant designed to treat 31 million gallons of tank waste, said Mike Budney, the manager of the DOE Office of Environmental Management operations at Savannah River. That…
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COVID-19 Has Feds Seeking Delay on Some Hanford Tasks
The Department of Energy wants to delay some tank-related nuclear weapons cleanup work at the Hanford Site because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, attendees said this week during an online meeting of the Hanford Advisory Board. Dealing with the novel…
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Two Department of Energy contractors, Bechtel and what is now Amentum, will pay $57.75-million to resolve claims that a joint venture overbilled the government for work at the Hanford Site in Washington, the Department of Justice said late Tuesday. Bechtel…
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Ohio AG Sues to Block Alleged Nuke Bailout Engineered by “Unholy Alliance” of FirstEnergy, Lawmakers
Ohio’s attorney general sued FirstEnergy and its affiliates this week, opening yet another probe of the company’s alleged connections with state Rep. Larry Householder (R), the former Ohio House Speaker facing federal racketeering charges related to a 2019 nuclear-power bailout.…
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NNSA Moves Closer to Savannah River Pit Plant With Final Environmental Review
The National Nuclear Security Administration on Friday finalized an environmental review that could allow the civilian nuclear-weapons agency to formalize within a month a decision to make plutonium pits in South Carolina. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) released a…
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