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2023 Press Releases - January Through December

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Funding Opportunity Announcement
U.S. Industry Opportunities for
Advanced Nuclear Technology Development
Funding Opportunity Announcement
(FOA) Number
DE-FOA-0001817
Announcement Date: 12/07/2017
Close Date: 10/11/2022



2022 Press Releases - January Through December

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Agencies Agree to Expand INL Site Disposal Facility
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and State of Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) have agreed to expand an existing waste disposal facility at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site. The signed Explanation of Significant Differences for Operable Unit 3-13 Record of Decision for Additional Cell at the ICDF (DOE/ID-12043) , and a responsiveness summary addressing comments received during the public comment period (hereafter referred to as the ICDF ESD), is available in the Administrative Record at https://idahoenvironmental.com/ARIR under the Document ID: DOE/ID12043.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

U.S. Department of Energy Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for Versatile Test Reactor
Test Reactor Will Help United States Regain Nuclear Energy Leadership WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the construction of the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR). The proposed VTR will be a sodium-cooled fast-neutron-spectrum test reactor that will enhance and accelerate research, development, and demonstration of innovative nuclear technologies that will play a crucial role in helping the United States reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Monday, August 1, 2022

DOE invites the public to review the draft Programmatic Agreement Concerning Management of the Manner in which the Department of Energy will meet its National Historic Preservation Act on the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation released for public review and comment the Programmatic Agreement Concerning Management of the Manner in which the Department of Energy will meet its National Historic Preservation Act on the Idaho National Laboratory Site (INL).

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Monday, August 15, 2022

DOE Selects Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor Design for Versatile Test Reactor in Idaho
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued a record of decision (ROD) to build a sodium-cooled fast test reactor at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). If appropriated by Congress, the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) would be the first fast spectrum test reactor to operate in the United States in nearly three decades The VTR project would help modernize U.S. nuclear energy research and development infrastructure and dramatically accelerate the technology development for current and next-generation reactors.

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Agencies Set Comment Period, Virtual Meeting on End State for Legacy Reactors, Buildings
Idaho Falls- The U.S. Department of Energy, with concurrence of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency, have released an engineering evaluation/cost analysis (EE/CA) for a 30-day public comment period beginning October 12, 2022, that recommends their preferred approach and the final end state for the demolition of the Submarine 1st Generation Westinghouse (S1W) and Aircraft Carrier 1st Generation Westinghouse (A1W) prototype facilities at the Naval Reactors Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory site.

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2021 Press Releases - January Through December

Monday, January 11, 2021

DOE invites public to review and comment on Draft Environmental Assessment for construction of MARVEL microreactor at Idaho National Laboratory
Idaho Falls, Idaho - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the start of a 14-day public review and comment period on a draft environmental assessment for a proposal to construct the Microreactor Applications Research Validation & EvaLuation (MARVEL) project microreactor inside Idaho National Laboratory's (INL's) Transient Reactor Test Facility. The MARVEL design is a sodium-potassium-cooled, thermal microreactor with a power level of less than 100 kilowatts of electricity using High-Assay, Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU).

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Monday, May 17, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $40 million in funding for a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program that will limit the amount of waste produced from advanced nuclear reactors, protecting the land and air and increasing the deployment and use of nuclear power as a reliable source of clean energy.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $30 million in initial funding for one of three programs under its new Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP).

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

DOE Awards Idaho Cleanup Project Contract
Cincinnati - Today, the Office of Environmental Management (EM) will award Idaho Environmental Coalition, LLC (IEC) of Tullahoma, TN, the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) End State contract at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site near Idaho Falls, Idaho. The single-award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with an estimated contract ceiling of approximately $6.4 billion over a 10-year ordering period will have Cost Reimbursement and Fixed Price Task Orders to define the contract performance. The ICP contract exemplifies DOE's commitment to continue supporting a highly-skilled, diverse workforce that provides approximately 1,900 jobs that pay prevailing wages...

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Friday, May 28, 2021

JOINT STATEMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND FRANCE ENERGY MINISTERS ON ENERGY TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY RESOLVE
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following is the text of a joint statement by the Energy Ministries of the Governments of France and the United States of America. Minister Barbara Pompili of the French Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm of the United States Department of Energy issued a joint statement today:

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Friday, May 28, 2021

STATEMENT BY ENERGY SECRETARY GRANHOLM ON THE PRESIDENT'S U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FISCAL YEAR 2022 BUDGET
President's DOE Budget Reinforces Commitment to Position American Workers, Scientists, Industries and Communities at the Center of a Clean Energy Economy WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Biden-Harris Administration today sent to Congress the President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). As the Administration continues to make progress defeating the pandemic and getting our economy back on track, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Budget makes historic investments that will help the country build back better and lay the foundation to build a clean energy economy and ensure the U.S. reaches net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

DOE invites the public to review the Final Environmental Assessment for construction of the MARVEL microreactor at Idaho National Laboratory
Idaho Falls, Idaho -The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the start of a 31-day public review period on a Final Environmental Assessment for a proposal to construct the Microreactor Applications Research Validation & EvaLuation (MARVEL) project microreactor inside Idaho National Laboratory's (INL's) Transient Reactor Test Facility. MARVEL, a sodium-potassium cooled, thermal microreactor with a power level of less than 100 kilowatts of electricity using HighAssay, Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU), will be capable ...

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Monday, November 22, 2021

DOE announces Finding of No Significant Impact for construction of the MARVEL microreactor at Idaho National Laboratory
Idaho Falls, Idaho - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) following the Final Environmental Assessment for a proposal to construct the Microreactor Applications Research Validation & EvaLuation (MARVEL) project microreactor inside Idaho National Laboratory's (INL's) Transient Reactor Test Facility.

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Monday, November 22, 2021

DOE announces Finding of No Significant Impact for construction of the MARVEL microreactor at Idaho National Laboratory
Idaho Falls, Idaho ? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) following the Final Environmental Assessment for a proposal to construct the Microreactor Applications Research Validation & EvaLuation (MARVEL) project microreactor inside Idaho National Laboratory's (INL's) Transient Reactor Test Facility. MARVEL, a sodium-potassium cooled, thermal microreactor with a power level of less than 100 kilowatts of electricity using HighAssay, Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU), will be capable ...

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2020 Press Releases - January Through December

Monday, June 29, 2020

INL announces NRIC-focused webinar in industry engagement series
Authorized by the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, NRIC will provide private sector technology developers the necessary support to test and demonstrate their reactor concepts and assess their performance. This will help accelerate the licensing and commercialization of these new nuclear energy systems.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Battelle Energy Alliance seeks industry partners to design nuclear power system for moon
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA), the managing and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy?s Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is seeking information from leaders in the nuclear and space industries to develop innovative technologies for a fission surface power (FPS) system that can be operated on the moon. The request for information can be viewed here. Responses are sought by Sept. 8. After receiving responses, INL will issue a request for proposal.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Energy Department?s Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program Awards $30 million in Initial Funding for Risk Reduction Project
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $30 million in initial funding for one of three programs under its new Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP). DOE?s Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) has selected five teams to receive $30 million in FY20 funding for Risk Reduction for Future Demonstration projects. The awards are cost-shared partnerships with industry, and companies were chosen through a funding opportunity announcement issued in May 2020.

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2019 Press Releases - January Through December

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Environmental Assessment Completed for Expanding Capabilities at the Power Grid Test Bed at Idaho National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho Operations Office has determined that expanding the capabilities of Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Power Grid Test Bed (PGTB) will not have a significant impact on the environment. For more than 10 years, the test bed has supported research, development and testing activities to improve the safety, security and resilience of the U.S. electrical grid.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Energy Further Advances Nuclear Energy Technology through Awards of $10.6 Million
WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding selectees for multiple domestic advanced nuclear technology projects. Three projects in three states will receive varying amounts for a total of approximately $11 million in funding. The projects are cost-shared and will allow industry-led teams, including participants from federal agencies, public and private laboratories, institutions of higher education, and other domestic entities, to advance the state of U.S. commercial nuclear capability.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Public invited to comment on Draft Environmental Assessment for Expanding Capabilities at the Power Grid Test Bed at Idaho National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Idaho Operations Office invites the public to review and comment on a draft environmental assessment that proposes to expand the capabilities of Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Power Grid Test Bed (PGTB). The test bed supports research, development and testing activities to improve the safety, security and resilience of the U.S. electrical grid.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Energy Further Advances Nuclear Energy Technology through Industry Awards of $19 Million
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding selectees for multiple domestic advanced nuclear technology projects. Four projects in two states will receive varying amounts for a total of approximately $19 million in funding. The projects are cost-shared and will allow industry-led teams, including participants from federal agencies, public and private laboratories, institutions of higher education, and other domestic entities, to advance the state of U.S. commercial nuclear capability.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Energy Further Advances Nuclear Energy Technology through Industry Awards of $19 Million
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding selectees for multiple domestic advanced nuclear technology projects. Four projects in two states will receive varying amounts for a total of approximately $19 million in funding. The projects are cost-shared and will allow industry-led teams, including participants from federal agencies, public and private laboratories, institutions of higher education, and other domestic entities, to advance the state of U.S. commercial nuclear capability.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Environmental Assessment Completed for Use of DOE-Owned High-Assay Low-Enriched Uranium Stored at Idaho National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has determined that using DOE-owned high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) stored at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will not have a significant impact on the environment and is an important tool for advancing safe, economical, low carbon nuclear energy. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), DOE has issued a final Environmental Assessment for Use of DOE-Owned High-Assay Low-Enriched Uranium Stored at INL (DOE/EA-2087).


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Energy Department Launches New Demonstration Center for Advanced Nuclear Technologies
WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the launch of the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC). The new initiative will assist with the development of advanced nuclear energy technologies by harnessing the world-class capabilities of the DOE national laboratory system.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Energy Department Launches New Demonstration Center for Advanced Nuclear Technologies
WASHINGTON, D.C. ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the launch of the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC). The new initiative will assist with the development of advanced nuclear energy technologies by harnessing the world-class capabilities of the DOE national laboratory system.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Energy Department Launches New Demonstration Center for Advanced Nuclear Technologies
WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the launch of the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC). The new initiative will assist with the development of advanced nuclear energy technologies by harnessing the world-class capabilities of the DOE national laboratory system. Authorized by the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, NRIC will provide private sector technology developers the necessary support to test and demonstrate their reactor concepts and assess their performance. This will help accelerate the licensing and commercialization of these new nuclear energy systems.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

DOE invites public comment on Draft Environmental Assessment for Expanding Capabilities at the National Security Test Range and Radiological Response Training Range at Idaho National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Idaho Operations Office invites the public to review and comment on a draft environmental assessment for a proposal to expand the capabilities at Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) National Security Test Range and Radiological Response Training Range. Both ranges support the training of first responders from defense and homeland security organizations who are charged with safeguarding the public and protecting U.S. national security.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Ashley Finan named director and Nicholas Smith, deputy director, of National Reactor Innovation Center NRIC will enable testing and demonstration of advanced reactor concepts
IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO - Dr. John Wagner, associate laboratory director of Idaho National Laboratory's Nuclear Science & Technology Directorate, has announced the selection of Dr. Ashley Finan to serve as director, and Nicholas Smith to serve as deputy director of the INL-based National Reactor Innovation Center. As NRIC directors, Finan and Smith will lead efforts to accelerate the testing, demonstration and commercialization of innovative reactor technologies in the United States.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Environmental Assessment Completed for Expanding Capabilities at the National Security Test Range and Radiological Response Training Range at Idaho National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Idaho Operations Office has determined that expanding the capabilities at Idaho National Laboratory's (INL's) National Security Test Range and Radiological Response Training Range will not have a significant impact on the environment.

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2018 Press Releases - January Through December

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Idaho National Laboratory a major contributor to Idaho‚??s economy
In fiscal year 2017, Idaho National Laboratory operations added $1.94 billion to Idaho‚??s gross domestic product, and the lab spent $139 million with Idaho businesses.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

DOE, BEA conclude negotiations on contract extension terms
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho ‚?? In December, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) decided to extend its contract with Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) to manage and operate Idaho National Laboratory (INL). This week, DOE officially approved the contract modification that enables a five-year extension through Sept. 30, 2024. This followed a successful negotiation between DOE and BEA on terms and conditions of the INL contract.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $60 Million for U.S. Industry Awards in Support of Advanced Nuclear Technology Development
WASHINGTON, D.C. ‚?? Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 13 projects to receive approximately $60 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development for advanced nuclear technologies. These selections are the first under DOE‚??s Office of Nuclear Energy‚??s U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development funding opportunity announcement (FOA), and subsequent quarterly application review and selection processes will be conducted over the next five years. DOE intends to apply up to $40 million of additional FY 2018 funding to the next two quarterly award cycles for innovative proposals under this FOA.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

U.S. Department of Energy Provides Nearly $20 Million for Domestic Advanced Nuclear Technology Projects
WASHINGTON, D.C. ‚?? U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced today the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected nine domestic projects to receive nearly $20 million in funding for cost-shared research and development for advanced nuclear technologies. These awards are through the Office of Nuclear Energy‚??s (NE) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development and are the second group selected under this solicitation. The first group was announced on April 27, 2018.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

DOE Applauds VOGTLE Decision
The Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased with today‚??s vote to proceed with the construction of Vogtle 3&4. This historic project will be the first large scale nuclear utility project completed in the United States in over 30 years and will reaffirm America‚??s international leadership in nuclear technology and provide a reliable, clean power source for decades to come. DOE hopes the successful completion of this project will mark the beginning of a nuclear renaissance in America.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Investigation into Cause of April 11 Drum Event at INL Site Concludes
Idaho Falls, ID. - Fluor Idaho LLC, cleanup contractor at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory Site, recently completed an investigation into the cause of an April 11 event where four radioactive waste drums experienced excessive pressure and ejected their lids and contents following transuranic waste processing and repackaging. There were no injuries or release of radioactive materials to the environment during the incident. DOE provided oversight of all stages of the investigation.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

DOE invites public comment on Draft Environmental Assessment for the use of DOE-owned High Assay Low-Enriched Uranium Stored at INL
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites the public to review and comment on a draft environmental assessment for a proposal to fabricate fuel at Idaho National Laboratory's Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) and/or the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) to support efforts by U.S. companies to develop and deploy new reactor technologies.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

U.S. Department of Energy Further Advances Nuclear Energy Technology through Industry Awards of $19 Million
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding selectees for multiple domestic advanced nuclear technology projects. Four projects in two states will receive varying amounts for a total of approximately $19 million in funding. The projects are cost-shared and will allow industry-led teams, including participants from federal agencies, public and private laboratories, institutions of higher education, and other domestic entities, to advance the state of U.S. commercial nuclear capability.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

DOE Office of Nuclear Energy Announces Agreement Supporting Power Generated from Small Modular Reactors
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy‚??s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DOE, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), and Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) to reflect the importance of resilient power generated from small modular reactors (SMRs).

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2017 Press Releases - January Through December

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Energy Department Releases First-Ever State of the National Labs Report
WASHINGTON‚??Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced the release of the inaugural State of the Department of Energy National Laboratories Report.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Crews at the DOE Idaho Site Complete Transuranic Waste Retrieval
Idaho Falls, Idaho - 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.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Energy Department Announces New Awards for Advanced Nuclear Energy Development
Washington‚??The Department of Energy today announced $5 million to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing nuclear engineering degrees and other nuclear science and engineering programs relevant to nuclear energy. The awards include 58 undergraduate scholarships and 31 graduate-level fellowships for students at U.S. colleges and universities.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Department of Energy National Labs Recognized as International R&D Hub by International Atomic Energy Agency
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano celebrated the designation of the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) as an International Centre based on Research Reactors (ICERR).

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Monday, October 23, 2017

50th Waste Shipment From Idaho Arrives at New Mexico Repository
IDAHO FALLS, ID -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho Site and Idaho Cleanup Project contractor Fluor Idaho recently completed its 50th shipment of Cold War weapons waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant since the New Mexico repository reopened in April.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

INL strengthens partnerships with small business, exceeds annual procurement goals
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho ‚?? For the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho National Laboratory has exceeded its small business procurement goal and the commitment it made to do business in the state of Idaho.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DOE National Laboratory Resumes Operation of U.S. Transient Test Reactor
IDAHO FALLS, ID ‚?? Today, the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) achieved an important step towards restoring U.S. nuclear energy transient testing capability with the resumption of operations at the Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility. The TREAT facility has been shut down and maintained in standby status since 1994.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announces advanced nuclear technology development voucher opportunity
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho ‚?? The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) today announced the availability of fiscal year 2018 funds for vouchers to assist applicants developing advanced nuclear energy technologies who are seeking access to the world-class expertise and capabilities available across the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratory complex. The vouchers are provided by the DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy to support nuclear energy innovation.

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2016 Press Releases - January Through December

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DOE Awards Contract for the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Core
Cincinnati ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a contract to Fluor Idaho, LLC, for the performance of ongoing Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) and Idaho Clean-up Project (ICP) work scopes in support of the DOE Office of Environmental Management‚??s cleanup mission at the Idaho Site. The value of the contract is $1.4 billion (including options), and the contract term five years. Two proposals were received in response to the solicitation.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Department of Energy Continues Commitment to the Development of Innovative Small Modular Reactors
WASHINGTON ‚?? Building on President Obama‚??s plan to advance America‚??s leadership in clean energy innovation, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that an agreement has been reached to support possible siting of an innovative small modular reactor (SMR) project within DOE‚??s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

DOE-NE Voucher Program for eligible small businesses is open for applications
As part of the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative, the NE Voucher program will provide up to $2 million in this pilot year for access to expertise, knowledge, and facilities of the National Laboratories and our partner facilities to help advance nuclear energy technologies. Additional NE Voucher program information is available on the "Apply for a Voucher" page on the GAIN website, including an expanded scope description, frequently asked questions, copies of the standard research agreements that will be needed for the selected application, as well as the final Request for Assistance (RFA).

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Friday, April 8, 2016

DOE Awards Contract for the Construction of Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP) IX
Cincinnati ‚?? The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management today awarded a contract to North Wind Services, LLC, Idaho Falls, Idaho, an American Native/Alaskan Native Owned Corporation as a non-competitive United States Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Program set-aside. The contract supports the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site‚??s Accelerated Retrieval Project (ARP) and is for construction of the ARP IX facility and ancillary structures over Pit 10 East in the Subsurface Disposal Area (SDA) of the Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) located at the INL Site, Idaho Falls, Idaho. The firm-fixed-price construction letter contract is estimated at $1.7 million. The contract period will be one year from contract award.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Restoring Sagebrush on the INL Site
Last autumn the U.S. Department of Energy planted sagebrush seedlings on areas burned in wildfires on parts of the 890-square-mile Idaho National Laboratory site to help improve habitat for sage-grouse and other native sagebrush-dependent animals and plants.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

DOE Workshop: Pathway to SMR Commercialization
In November 2015, the United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative to accelerate innovation of advanced nuclear technologies by providing potential industry partners with opportunities to access the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to move innovative nuclear energy technologies toward commercialization. GAIN is expected to provide a vehicle for support of public-private partnerships to achieve national goals established by the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE). NE has been supporting the development of domestic small modular reactor (SMR) designs through the SMR Licensing Technical Support (LTS) program, which provides financial assistance for SMR design development and efforts leading to design certification, site permit, and license approvals from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. DOE continues to believe that SMRs could play an important role in addressing the energy, economic, and environmental goals of the U.S.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

DOE Informs State of Idaho It Is Unlikely to Meet Deadline for Startup of Waste Treatment Facility
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho‚??The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has notified the State of Idaho that it is unlikely to meet the regulatory deadline for initiation of waste treatment of the sodium-bearing waste at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) at the Idaho National Laboratory Site. Under the Fifth Modification to the Notice of Noncompliance-Consent Order with the State of Idaho, DOE agreed to a compliance schedule that included beginning treatment of the remaining 900,000 gallons of liquid sodium bearing radioactive waste at the INL in the IWTU by Sept. 30, 2016.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Energy Department Invests $82 Million in Advanced Nuclear Technologies
WASHINGTON ‚??Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced over $82 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards in 28 states. In total, 93 projects were selected to receive funding that will help push innovative nuclear technologies toward commercialization and into the market. These awards provide funding for nuclear energy-related research through the Nuclear Energy University Program, Nuclear Science User Facilities, and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technology programs. In addition to financial support, a number of recipients will receive technical and regulatory assistance through the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.

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Thursday, September 22, 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

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2015 Press Releases - January Through December

Monday, February 2, 2015

President's 2016 Budget Proposal Makes Critical Investments in All-Of-The-Above Energy Strategy and National Security
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz detailed President Barack Obama's $30 billion Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for the Energy Department.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Energy Department Issues Draft Request for Proposal for Nuclear Regulatory Commission Licensed Facilities
Cincinnati ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Draft Request for Proposal (DRFP) for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensed Facilities procurement.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

President's 2016 Budget Proposal Makes Critical Investments in All-Of-The-Above Energy Strategy and National Security
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz detailed President Barack Obama's $30 billion Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for the Energy Department.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Energy Department Issues Draft Request for Proposal for Nuclear Regulatory Commission Licensed Facilities
Cincinnati ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Draft Request for Proposal (DRFP) for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensed Facilities procurement.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

DOE Issues Final RFP for Idaho Cleanup Project Core
Cincinnati ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued the final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Core procurement. At the end of this contract the majority of cleanup will be complete in Idaho and remaining nuclear materials will be in safe storage.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

DOE Issues Final RFP for Idaho Cleanup Project Core
Cincinnati ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued the final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Core procurement. At the end of this contract the majority of cleanup will be complete in Idaho and remaining nuclear materials will be in safe storage.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Public invited to comment on Draft Supplement Analysis on Two Proposed Shipments of Commercial Nuclear Fuel to Idaho National Laboratory for Research and Development Purposes
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites the public to read and comment on a draft supplement analysis it has prepared for a proposal to make two shipments of commercial nuclear fuel rods totaling 80 to 100 kilograms heavy metal (40 to 50 kilograms heavy metal in each of the two shipments) to Idaho National Laboratory for research and development purposes.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Public invited to comment on Draft Supplement Analysis on Two Proposed Shipments of Commercial Nuclear Fuel to Idaho National Laboratory for Research and Development Purposes
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites the public to read and comment on a draft supplement analysis it has prepared for a proposal to make two shipments of commercial nuclear fuel rods totaling 80 to 100 kilograms heavy metal (40 to 50 kilograms heavy metal in each of the two shipments) to Idaho National Laboratory for research and development purposes.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DOE extends Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project contract
Idaho Falls, ID- The U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Office of Environmental Management (EM) today announced it is extending its contract for the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project at the Idaho Site for a period of 6 months. The contract period for the current contractor, Idaho Treatment Group (ITG), had been scheduled to expire on September 30, 2015.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DOE extends Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project contract
Idaho Falls, ID- The U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Office of Environmental Management (EM) today announced it is extending its contract for the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project at the Idaho Site for a period of 6 months. The contract period for the current contractor, Idaho Treatment Group (ITG), had been scheduled to expire on September 30, 2015.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DOE Awards Contract for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensed Facilities
Cincinnati ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a contract to Spectra Tech, Inc. for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensed Facilities procurement.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DOE Awards Contract for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensed Facilities
Cincinnati ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a contract to Spectra Tech, Inc. for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensed Facilities procurement.

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2013 Press Releases - January Through December

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Idaho National Laboratory to Join In Research Effort to Address Shortages in Rare Earth and Other Critical Materials
Washington, DC ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that a team including the Idaho National Laboratory and led by Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, has been selected for an award of up to $120 million over five years to establish an Energy Innovation Hub that will develop solutions to the domestic shortages of rare earth metals and other materials critical for U.S. energy security. The new research center, which will be named the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), will bring together leading researchers from academia, four Department of Energy national laboratories, as well as the private sector.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Department of Energy Designates the Wireless Test Bed as a National User Facility
IDAHO FALLS ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently designated Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Wireless Test Bed as a National User Facility. Establishing the Wireless Test Bed as a National User Facility will help assert U.S. leadership in full-scale research, development, demonstration and scientific investigation of wireless communications systems.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Department of Energy Designates the Wireless Test Bed as a National User Facility
IDAHO FALLS ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently designated Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Wireless Test Bed as a National User Facility. Establishing the Wireless Test Bed as a National User Facility will help assert U.S. leadership in full-scale research, development, demonstration and scientific investigation of wireless communications systems.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy delivers to Bingham County Sheriff's Office a Humvee that will support site security and help Bingham law enforcement
The armored "Humvee" is a rugged, all-terrain tool for protecting law enforcement officers and security guards responding to dangerous situations.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dr. Ernest Moniz Sworn in as 13th Secretary of Energys
WASHINGTON ‚?? Dr. Ernest Moniz was sworn in as the nation‚??s 13th Secretary of Energy by Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman in a ceremony this morning for the Department‚??s employees, kicking off a busy first day that includes briefings on energy and national security as well as remarks to the 2013 Energy Efficiency Global Forum. Moniz was confirmed by the full Senate in a vote of 97-0 on May 16.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

IMPORTANT CLEANUP PROJECT TO RESUME AT IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY
IDAHO FALLS - Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter joined U.S. Department of Energy officials today in announcing that a critically important cleanup project will be resuming at the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Process Improvements at AMWTP Will Lead to Safer, Less Expensive Processing of Radioactive Waste at DOE's Idaho Site
Approximately 20,000 drums currently stored at the Department of Energy's Idaho site will feel the crushing weight of a decision by the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) that will send them to the Idaho site's Supercompactor, located at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP).

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Next-generation nuclear fuel withstands high-temperature accident conditions
IDAHO FALLS - A safer and more efficient nuclear fuel is on the horizon. A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have reached a new milestone with tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) fuel, showing that this fourth-generation reactor fuel might be even more robust than previously thought.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Bill Gates visit to Idaho validates innovation role for national laboratories
IDAHO FALLS - Privately funded research utilizing government owned facilities validates the important role national laboratories have in advancing innovation. Bill Gates, American business magnate and chair of the nuclear reactor startup company TerraPower, LLC, and his staff toured the Materials and Fuels Complex at Idaho National Laboratory. TerraPower has engaged Idaho National Laboratory to support certain aspects of design for their traveling wave reactor, and the visit focused on demonstrating the lab's expertise and capabilities. During his visit on Wednesday of this week, he proclaimed the studies conducted by scientists and engineers as "incredibly important."

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Public invited to comment on Draft Environmental Assessment for the Resumption of Transient Testing of Nuclear Fuels and Materials
NOTICE: DOE has extended the public comment period on its Draft Environmental Assessment for the Resumption of Transient Testing of Nuclear Fuels and Materials to January 10, 2014.

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2012 Press Releases - January Through December

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Under Secretary Nominee Sees INL Advanced Vehicle Technology Facilities
Acting Under Secretary of Energy and ARPA-E Director Dr. Arun Majumdar listens to INL engineers explain the laboratory's role in DOE's Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity, hybrid-electric battery vehicle research, and biofuels research and development.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

DOE Idaho site reaches 20-year cleanup milestone
IDAHO FALLS, ID- In two decades of Superfund cleanup work, the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho site has removed hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of radioactive and hazardously contaminated soils, excavated radioactive waste buried since the 1950s, removed three nuclear reactors and hundreds of buildings, completely closed three major nuclear facilities and removed thousands of unexploded ordnance shells and fragments.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Energy Department Takes First Step to Spur U.S. Manufacturing of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the first step toward manufacturing small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) in the United States, demonstrating the Administration's commitment to advancing U.S. manufacturing leadership in low-carbon, next generation energy technologies and restarting the nation's nuclear industry. Through the draft Funding Opportunity Announcement announced today, the Department will establish cost-shared agreements with private industry to support the design and licensing of SMRs.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Chu: President's 2013 Energy Budget Makes Critical Investments in Innovation, Clean Energy, and National Security
Washington, D.C. ‚?? U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today detailed President Barack Obama's $27.2 billion Fiscal Year 2013 budget request for the Department of Energy, emphasizing the President‚??s commitment to an all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes critical investments in innovation, in the job-creating clean energy technologies, and in our national security strategy.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chu Visits Site of America‚??s First New Nuclear Reactor in Three Decades
WASHINGTON, D.C. ‚?? Just two days after the Department of Energy requested more than $770 million for nuclear energy in 2013, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu visited the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Waynesboro, Georgia and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to highlight the steps the Obama Administration is taking to restart America‚??s nuclear industry as part of an all-of-the-above American energy strategy.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy Honored
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy was among those honored by the Partnership for Science and Technology (PST) as winners in the fourth annual PST Energy Advocate Awards. The awards are presented to individuals or organizations that were central to a noteworthy achievement in energy, nuclear energy or an environmental field that is of interest to PST members.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sodium Bearing Waste Treatment Project ‚?? Countdown to Startup
Marking completion of another major performance milestone, CH2M-WG Idaho (CWI) successfully passed its Contractor Operational Readiness Review (CORR) of its Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU), the first-of-a-kind facility that will treat the remaining 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste generated from the Idaho Site‚??s legacy cleanup mission.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Retrieval Of Final Stored Radioactive Waste Resumes
IDAHO FALLS, ID- Operations to retrieve the estimated 6,900 cubic meters of stored transuranic waste remaining at the Idaho site began this week at the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Waste treatment facility passes federal inspection, completes final milestone, begins startup
The Idaho site today initiated the controlled, phased startup of a new waste treatment facility scheduled to begin treating 900,000 gallons of radioactive liquid waste stored in underground tanks at a former Cold War spent nuclear fuel reprocessing facility next month.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

LINE Commission Visits Idaho National Laboratory
Members of the state of Idaho‚??s Leadership in Nuclear Energy (LINE) Commission recently visited the Idaho National Laboratory and related DOE-Idaho cleanup facilities. These photos show commission members at the Materials and Fuels Complex, where Steve Marschman from INL talks to the commission members, and the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility. At the AMWTP, members saw the supercompactor as Facility Manager Jeremy Hampton explained how it worked.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Idaho Settlement Agreement: Meeting All Our Commitments
The U.S. Department of Energy and our contractors have successfully completed all of our required milestones to date under the Idaho Settlement Agreement, as well as complying with the other cleanup agreements that we have reached with our regulators. Since 2005, DOE has invested $4 billion in cleanup and waste management activities at our Idaho Site.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Energy Department and National Park Service Announce Clean Cities Partnership to Drive Sustainable National Parks
WASHINGTON ‚?? As part of the Obama Administration‚??s commitments to reducing America‚??s reliance on imported oil and protecting our nation‚??s air and water, the U.S. Energy Department and the National Park Service today announced that five national parks around the country will deploy fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles as part of an expanded partnership, helping to protect some of America‚??s most prized natural environments.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Idaho Waste Treatment Facility Startup Testing Suspended To Evaluate System
IDAHO FALLS, ID- On Saturday, June 16, startup testing was suspended at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) located at the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Site. Testing and plant heat-up was suspended to allow detailed evaluation of a system pressure event observed during testing on Saturday.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

New Book Updates INL‚??s History, Documents a Decade of Transformation
The U.S. Department of Energy is releasing an update to the history of the Idaho National Laboratory, documenting a decade of transformation at the laboratory, and a ‚??decade of doing‚?Ě for the Idaho Cleanup Project. ‚??Transformed: A Recent History of the Idaho National Laboratory, 2000 to 2010,‚?Ě was commissioned to update the highly popular, ‚??Proving the Principle,‚?Ě the book that was issued in 1999 to document the first 50 years of the lab.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Energy Department Announces New Nuclear Energy Innovation Investments
WASHINGTON - Underscoring the Obama Administration's commitments to restarting the nation's nuclear industry and promoting education in science, technology, engineering and math, the Energy Department announced today nearly $13 million in new nuclear energy innovation investments.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Partners in Success
Through cooperation, teamwork and commitment to delivering excellence, workers at the Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Site have reduced environmental liabilities, increased taxpayer savings and advanced the nation‚??s science and energy missions.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

DOE appoints three new members to advisory board
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - The U.S. Department of Energy recently appointed three new members to the Idaho National Laboratory Site Environmental Management Citizens Advisory Board, a volunteer citizen panel that provides advice and recommendations to DOE on its environmental cleanup operations at INL.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Energy Department Announces New Investment in U.S. Small Modular Reactor Design and Commercialization
WASHINGTON - As part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above strategy to deploy every available source of American energy, the Energy Department today announced an award to support a new project to design, license and help commercialize small modular reactors (SMR) in the United States. This award follows a funding opportunity announcement in March 2012. The project supported by the award will be led by Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Bechtel International. In addition, the Department announced plans to issue a follow-on solicitation open to other companies and manufacturers, focused on furthering small modular reactor efficiency, operations and design.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

GOVERNOR OTTER RECEIVES PROGRESS REPORT FROM NUCLEAR COMMISSION; APPLAUDS EFFORT TO ANSWER TOUGH QUESTIONS
BOISE - Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter today encouraged the people of Idaho to review the progress of his Leadership in Nuclear Energy (LINE) Commission and to begin a public dialogue on critical questions facing the Idaho National Laboratory and their potential impact on Idaho's economy.

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2011 Press Releases - January Through December

Friday, January 7, 2011

DOE, State of Idaho Sign Agreement on Nuclear Research
The State of Idaho and the U.S. Department of Energy signed an agreement on Jan. 6, 2011 that streamlines the process used by the Idaho National Laboratory to bring small quantities of commercial spent nuclear fuel into the lab for research purposes.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

CWI begins exhuming waste from Pit 9
Cleanup crews with CH2M-WG Idaho (CWI), the main cleanup contractor at the Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Site, began digging into Pit 9 recently as part of a campaign that is expected to exhume 500 cubic meters of radioactive and hazardous waste during the next 18 months.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Secretary Chu Announces New Efforts to Promote Clean Energy in Tribal Communities
WASHINGTON ‚?? U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today two new initiatives to promote tribal energy development and continue strengthening the partnership between the Department of Energy and tribal nations.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

DOE Energy Innovation Portal Connects Innovative Energy Technologies to the Marketplace
Washington, DC ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Energy Innovation Portal now has more than 300 business-friendly marketing summaries available to help investors and companies identify and license leading-edge energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Second site-wide five-year review of cleanup at DOE‚??s Idaho site completed; report now available online
An Idaho Cleanup Project team has completed work on the site-wide five-year review of cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s (DOE) Idaho site.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

President‚??s Energy Budget Invests in Innovation, Clean Energy, and National Security Priorities
Washington, D.C. ‚?? U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today detailed President Barack Obama‚??s $29.5 billion Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for the Department of Energy, emphasizing that it is part of an Administration-wide plan to win the future by outinnovating, out-educating and out-building the rest of the world.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Department of Energy Establishes Asset Revitalization Task Force
Washington, D.C. ‚?? Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced the establishment of a Task Force on Asset Revitalization to facilitate a discussion among the Department of Energy, communities around DOE sites, nonprofits, tribal governments, the private sector and other stakeholders to identify reuse approaches as environmental cleanup efforts reach completion. The task force will explore opportunities to reutilize DOE site assets for beneficial purposes, which may include clean energy development, environmental sustainability projects, open space or other uses.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Disposal of Greater-Than-Class C Low- Level Radioactive Waste and GTCC-Like Waste
WASHINGTON ‚?? The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Disposal of Greater-Than-Class C (GTCC) Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) and GTCC-Like Waste (DOE/EIS-0375D, Draft EIS) as required under the National Environmental Policy Act for public review and comment.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

INL Stand-Off Experiment Range will support critical national security missions
Idaho Falls, ID - The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact stemming from an environmental assessment it performed to examine the potential environmental impacts of operating a Stand-Off Experiment Range at Idaho National Laboratory.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

ADVISORY: NNSA Releases Pictures, Video of Consequence Management Response Teams Deploying to Japan
WASHINGTON, D.C. ‚?? The National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy, has released photographs and video of its Consequence Management Response Teams deploying from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, to assist Japanese efforts in the response to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

U.S. Department of Energy Videos for Future of DOE EM
This first video explains the history behind, and the future of the U.S. Department of Energy's Environmental Management Program. Through their work, the Environmental Management Program reduces risks, and protects workers, communities, and the environment.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project vs. Nuclear Power Plants Implications of Japanese earthquake and tsunami
The recent earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear crises in Japan have renewed focus and concerns regarding the safety of the nuclear industry. The U.S. Department of Energy and Bechtel BWXT Idaho take these concerns very seriously and are confident in the safety of the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP).

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Dr. Peter B. Lyons Confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy
Washington, D.C. ‚?? Dr. Peter B. Lyons was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday, April 14, as the Department of Energy‚??s Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Upcoming Public Hearings
The United States Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Environmental Management (EM), is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for disposal of Greater-Than-Class C Low-Level Radioactive Waste (GTCC LLRW). The EIS evaluates potential alternatives involving various disposal methods for application at six federally owned sites and generic commercial sites.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Department of Energy Releases 2011 Strategic Plan
Washington, D.C.‚?? The Department of Energy today released its 2011 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency‚??s core mission of ensuring America‚??s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

DOE Chooses Idaho Treatment Group, LLC to Disposition Waste at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project
Idaho Falls ‚?? In order to further meet the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s commitments to the citizens of the state of Idaho, the DOE today announced that it has selected Idaho Treatment Group, LLC (ITG) to perform waste processing at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at DOE‚??s Idaho Site near Idaho Falls. The contract is estimated at approximately $417 million. ITG will be responsible for processing and disposing of transuranic waste and mixed low-level waste being stored at the Idaho Site‚??s Transuranic Storage Area (TSA). The contract will run through September 30, 2015 under a Cost-Plus-Award- Fee contract with performance-based incentives.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

DOE's Idaho Operations Office Issues 2011-Beyond Strategic Plan
I am pleased to announce the issuance of the Department of Energy's Idaho Operations Office (DOE-ID) FY 2011 and Beyond Strategic Plan. This plan ensures flow-down and alignment of national objectives to our federal and contractor staffs here in Idaho. We will use this Strategic Plan to accomplish both Department-wide and Idaho-specific goals, and we will hold ourselves accountable for doing just that.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Department of Energy Projects Win 36 R&D 100 Awards for 2011
Washington, D.C.‚?? U.S. Department of Energy researchers have won 36 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. The coveted awards are presented annually in recognition of exceptional new products, processes, materials or software developed throughout the world and introduced into the market the previous year.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

IDAHO OPERATIONS OFFICE NAMES NEW IDAHO CLEANUP PROJECT MANAGER
Idaho Falls, ID ‚?? The Department of Energy Idaho Operations Office today announced that James Cooper has been named deputy manager of its highly-successful Idaho Cleanup Project, which oversees the environmental cleanup and waste management mission at DOE's Idaho site.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

GAO Protest to AMWTP Contract Withdrawn
WASHINGTON, D.C. ‚?? On July 29, 2011, CH2M Hill Newport News Nuclear, LLC, withdrew its protest of the award of the waste processing contract at Idaho‚??s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Plant (AMWTP).

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Department of Energy Relaunches Energy.Gov
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy announced today the next step of its comprehensive website reform, making Energy.gov a cutting-edge, interactive information platform and saving taxpayers more than $10 million annually.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Department of Energy Announces $39 Million to Strengthen University-Led Nuclear Energy Research and Development
Washington, D.C. ‚?? The Department of Energy today announced that it has awarded up to $39 million in research grants aimed at developing cutting-edge nuclear energy technologies and training and educating the next generation of leaders in the U.S. nuclear industry.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

RESL Ribbon Cutting
DOE-Idaho and contractor officials get ready to snip the ribbon on the new Radiological and Environmental Sciences Laboratory, located at the INL Research Center in Idaho Falls. The new lab replaces an aging facility located on the INL Site. The mission of RESL is to provide measurement quality assurance for programs that protect workers, the public and the environment.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Idaho National Laboratory Comprehensive Land Use and Environmental Stewardship Report
Land and facility use planning and decisions at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site are guided by a comprehensive site planning process in accordance with Department of Energy Policy 430.1, ‚??Land and Facility Use Policy,‚?? that integrates mission, economic, ecologic, social, and cultural factors.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Public invited to comment on draft environmental assessment for Replacement Capability for Disposal of Remote-Handled Low Level Radioactive Waste Generated at the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Site
The U.S. Department of Energy invites the public to read and comment on a draft environmental assessment it has prepared, for a proposal to provide a replacement capability for continued disposal of remote-handled low-level radioactive waste that is generated at the Idaho National Laboratory site.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

CWI Completes Pit 9 Waste Exhumation
Cleanup crews with CH2M-WG Idaho (CWI), the main cleanup contractor at the Department of Energy's Idaho Site, have completed targeted waste removal from Pit 9 several months ahead of schedule and millions of dollars under budget. About $12 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act savings from other cleanup projects, in addition to about $22 million in dedicated funds, were used to finance the Pit 9 project.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Idaho National Laboratory Annual Site Environmental Report Issued
The annual report that informs stakeholders about the Idaho National Laboratory‚??s environmental performance for the year 2010 is now available to the public. To access the report contact Gonzales-Stoller Surveillance at (208) 525-8250, to request a CD containing the report.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Department of Energy Announces Major Cold War Legacy Waste Cleanup Milestone
CARLSBAD, NM - The U.S. Department of Energy today announced that the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 10,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste over the weekend. This marks an important milestone in DOE‚??s mission to clean up the country‚??s Cold War legacy.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Idaho crews overcome challenges to safely remove and dispose of hot cell
Cleanup crews at the Department of Energy's Idaho Site have been doing some heavy lifting - literally! As many as 200 CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC, employees and subcontractors recently supported an effort to remove and dispose of a hot cell that weighed the equivalent of nine fully loaded Boeing 737s.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

MEDIA ADVISORY: DOE Open House to Focus on Programmatic Successes Achieved Under ARRA Funding
The U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho Operations Office will hold an open house on Monday, Nov. 14 to highlight the cleanup and energy accomplishments made with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding. The open house will be held at the Engineering and Research Office Building, 2525 Fremont Avenue, Idaho Falls, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Presentations will be made by DOE and contractor representatives beginning at 2 p.m.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Recovery Open House
North Wind Environmental was one of three local small businesses that received Recovery Funding for projects at DOE's Idaho Site.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Energy Department Nuclear Systems Are Powering Mars Rover
Washington, D.C. ‚?? The Mars Science Laboratory rover, which launched from Cape Canaveral this weekend, is powered by nuclear systems developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), marking the 28th space mission supported by nuclear energy.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Take a Tour!
Get a look inside the new Radiological and Environmental Sciences Laboratory (RESL) located in Idaho Falls. The new laboratory replaces a facility that was over 50 years old, and allows the RESL staff to continue work safely in support of the Department of Energy.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

DOE issues Finding of No Significant Impact on Environmental Assessment for Replacement Capability for Disposal of Remote-Handled Low Level Radioactive Waste Generated at Idaho Site
Idaho Falls, ID ‚?? After completing a careful assessment, the U.S. Department of Energy has determined that building a new facility at its Idaho National Laboratory site for continued disposal of remote-handled low level radioactive waste generated by operations at the site will not have a significant impact on the environment.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Idaho site completes demolition of Cold War-era nuclear fuel reprocessing facility
A gravel mound, larger than half a city block and several feet thick, is the only visible feature that remains at the site of a Cold War-era spent nuclear fuel reprocessing facility at the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho site. About $44 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds helped Idaho Cleanup Project crews accelerate the demolition of the facility that during its 40 years of operation recovered more than $1 billion worth of uranium.

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2010 Press Releases - January Through December

Monday, January 4, 2010

Amended Record of Decision: Idaho High-Level Waste and Facilities Dispositioin Final Environmentat Impact Statement REVISE BY STATE 12/21/09
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department if Energy (DOE) is amending its intial Records of Decision (ROD) publised December 19, 2005.......

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Public comment sought on final end state of Experimental Breeder Reactor-II
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking public comment on a range of alternatives for disposition of the landmark Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) building and reactor vessel at the Idaho Site‚??s Materials and Fuels Complex.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Opportunities for Public Input Into DOE Projects
There are currently several DOE-proposed activities that citizens can comment on in the near future. Here is a summary of each, as well as a description of how to provide your input into the project:

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Monday, February 1, 2010

National Nuclear Security Administration Weapons Activities
The FY 2011 Weapons Activities budget request is $7,008.8 million, or 9.8% above the FY 2010 level....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Obama Administration Announces Loan Guarantees to Construct New Nuclear Power Reactors in Georgia
DOE Idaho Operations Office 2010 Annual National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Planning Summary available to public The DOE-Idaho Operations Office 2010 Annual National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Planning Summary is now available. This routine annual document summarizes for the public NEPA activities foreseen at the DOE-Idaho Operations Office during the next 24 months.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Obama Administration Announces Loan Guarantees to Construct New Nuclear Power Reactors in Georgia
Washington D.C. --- Underscoring his Administration‚??s commitment to jumpstarting the nation‚??s nuclear power industry, President Obama today announced that the Department of Energy has offered conditional commitments for a total of $8.33 billion in loan guarantees for the construction and operation of two new nuclear reactors at a plant in Burke, Georgia. The project is scheduled to be the first U.S. nuclear power plant to break ground in nearly three decades.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Department of Energy Announces $40 Million to Develop the Next Generation Nuclear Plant
WASHINGTON, DC ‚?? U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced selections for the award of approximately $40 million in total to two teams led by Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse Electric Co. and San Diego-based General Atomics for conceptual design and planning work for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP). The results of this work will help the Administration determine whether to proceed with detailed efforts toward construction and demonstration of the NGNP.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

DOE prepared for Greater Sage-Grouse designation
On March 5, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service released its findings on a multi-year study of greater sage-grouse, to determine if the bird should be protected under the Endangered Species Act throughout its range, or any significant portion of its range.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Nevada Waste Leaves Idaho Facility
It may have looked like just another shipment of transuranic radioactive waste leaving Idaho, but the shipment heading south on U.S. Interstate 15 the afternoon of January 26 actually contained waste from another DOE site in Nevada. The shipment demonstrated the capacity of the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project to be a hub where the Department‚??s transuranic radioactive waste can be safely and compliantly treated before permanent disposal in DOE‚??s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, located near Carlsbad, New Mexico.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Idaho Cleanup Project ships first Recovery Actfunded remote-handled transuranic waste out of Idaho
DATELINE ‚?? The Idaho Cleanup Project made its first shipment of remote-handled transuranic waste funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on March 11, 2010. This is the first of approximately 150 shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico, which creates dozens of jobs and continues the Department of Energy‚??s commitment to clean up the Idaho Site.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Secretary Chu Op-Ed on Small Modular Reactors in the Wall Street Journal
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Wall Street Journal published an oped by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on small modular reactors.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

ADVISORY: Blue Ribbon Commission on America‚??s Nuclear Future to Hold 1st Meeting on Thursday and Friday
Washington, D.C. ‚?? On Thursday, March 25th and Friday, March 26th, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America‚??s Nuclear Future, co-chaired by former Congressman Lee Hamilton and former National Security Advisor General Brent Scowcroft, will hold its first meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Recovery Act funding accelerates cleanup of Idaho Site, Creates jobs in community
IDAHO FALLS ‚?? American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding has accelerated a project to ship decades-old remote-handled transuranic waste out of Idaho. The project is one of several ARRA-funded projects at the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Site that has contributed to the creation of 652 additional jobs.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

DOE Chooses Contractor to Disposition Waste at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP)
IDAHO FALLS ‚?? The Department of Energy today announced that it has selected CH2M Hill Newport News Nuclear, LLC (CHN) to perform waste processing at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project at DOE‚??s Idaho Site near Idaho Falls.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Department of Energy Releases Open Government Plan
Washington, D.C. ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy today released its Open Government Plan highlighting DOE initiatives to maintain and increase transparency, increase participation between the Department, its program offices, sites and the American public, and increase collaborative efforts between the Department and its stakeholders.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Agencies announce second site-wide five-year review of cleanup at DOE‚??s Idaho site
An Idaho Cleanup Project team is beginning work on the second site-wide five-year review of cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho site. The five-year review will provide an update on the status of completed remediation efforts as required by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, otherwise known as CERCLA or Superfund.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

DOE, Stoller Work to Understand Environment at INL Site
The U.S. Department of Energy is responsible for understanding and estimating future impacts from our mission at the INL Site. To accomplish this we must have adequate knowledge of the plants and animals on the Site. DOE also has an obligation to be a good neighbor to the people and businesses that may be affected by our presence in Eastern Idaho.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Idaho National Laboratory receives national recognition for Small Business Mentoring Program
IDAHO FALLS ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy recognized Idaho National Laboratory as the 2009 Mentor of the Year for its commitment to mentoring small businesses. The DOE Mentor of the Year recognizes INL's Mentor-Prot√©g√© Program for enhancing the capabilities of small businesses to perform contracts and subcontracts for INL, other DOE laboratories and federal agencies.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

DOE Issues Environmental Assessment on Road Project for Public Review
The U.S. Department of Energy has issued for public review and comment a draft environmental assessment of the potential environmental impacts of building an internal road to safely ship radioactive material within the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Research Helps DOE Manage Sensitive Species
Stoller, the U.S. Department of Energy's environmental monitoring contractor, keeps track of the flora and fauna that live on the Idaho National Laboratory, including sensitive species like sage grouse.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

DOE Names New Director of Idaho Operations Office
Idaho Falls, ID ‚?? The Department of Energy today announced that Rick Provencher has been named manager of its Idaho Operations Office, which oversees the nation‚??s leading commercial nuclear energy research laboratory and environmental cleanup and waste management mission at the site.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Secretary Chu Announces $38 Million for 42 University-Led Nuclear Research and Development Projects
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced the selection of 42 university-led research and development projects for awards totaling $38 million. These projects, funded over three to four years through the Department's Nuclear Energy University Program, will help advance nuclear education and develop the next generation of nuclear technologies.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Deputy Secretary Poneman Announces Team led by Oak Ridge National Lab Selected to Receive up to $122 Million for Nuclear Energy Innovation Hub
WASHINGTON, D.C. ‚?? As part of a broad effort to spur innovation and achieve clean energy breakthroughs, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today announced the selection of a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for an award of up to $122 million over five years to establish and operate a new Nuclear Energy Modeling and Simulation Energy Innovation Hub. The Hub, which includes partners from universities, industry and other national labs, will use advanced capabilities of the world‚??s most powerful computers to make significant leaps forward in nuclear reactor design and engineering.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Idaho National Laboratory receives national recognition for Small Business Mentoring Program
With the help of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, the Idaho Cleanup Project continues work to protect the Snake River Plain Aquifer this week by injecting grout into 21 buried waste locations in the Subsurface Disposal Area (SDA) of the Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) at the Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Site. The project will cost $8.2 million and will reduce the threat of contaminants migrating toward the aquifer by keeping water out of the waste.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Idaho Site Completes Cleanup Milestone Ahead of Schedule
Idaho Falls, ID ‚?? The Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Operations Office, through the efforts of its cleanup contractor, CH2M-WG Idaho (CWI), recently reached a key cleanup milestone three weeks ahead of schedule by completing the transfer of nearly 6.6 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel from wet to dry storage.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

DOE-Funded Research Projects Win 39 R&D Awards for 2010
WASHINGTON, DC ‚?? U.S. Department of Energy researchers have won 39 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. The coveted awards are presented annually in recognition of exceptional new products, processes, materials or software developed throughout the world and introduced into the market the previous year.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Secretary Chu Announces Steps to Implement Cool Roofs at DOE and Across the Federal Government
Washington - U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a series of initiatives underway at the Department of Energy to more broadly implement cool roof technologies on DOE facilities and buildings across the federal government. Cool roofs use lighter-colored roofing surfaces or special coatings to reflect more of the sun‚??s heat, helping improve building efficiency by reducing cooling costs and offsetting carbon emissions.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Annual report shows potential INL radiation doses well below safe regulatory limits
Idaho Falls, ID ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Operations Office reported this month that radiation from the site falls well below limits established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The report‚??s conclusions are supported by direct environmental monitoring data routinely taken during the year, and show that activities at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site are protective of human health and the environment.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

DOE Awards Small Business Contracts for Recovery Act Cleanup Work at DOE‚??s Idaho Site
Cincinnati ‚?? The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) has awarded two small business contracts for work at the Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Site funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. North Wind Services, LLC, Idaho Falls, Idaho, was awarded a $14 million construction contract and TerranearPMC, LLC, of Exton, Pennsylvania, is awarded a $2 million cleanup contract. North Wind Services and TerranearPMC are both certified small businesses under the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Idaho National Laboratory Radiological Response Training Range draft environmental assessment available for public review and comment
The public is invited to read and comment on a draft environmental assessment that the U.S. Department of Energy has published for a proposed radiological response training range at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Secretary Chu Announces 150 Students to Receive Graduate Fellowships in Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Washington, D.C. ‚?? Underscoring the Obama Administration‚??s commitment to bolstering science education, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that 150 students have been selected to receive graduate fellowship awards as part of a new Department of Energy Graduate Fellowship program.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

DOE Announces Secretary of Energy Advisory Board
Washington, D.C. ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the members of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). Eliminated during the last administration, SEAB is being reestablished under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The twelve member board comprised of scientists, business executives, academics and former government officials will serve as an independent advisory committee to Secretary Chu.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

DOE Issues Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment on Road Project
The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact stemming from an environmental assessment it performed to examine the potential environmental impacts of building an internal road to safely ship radioactive material within the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu Addresses INL Employees
Secretary Chu greets Dr. Peter Lyons, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, accompanied by INL Laboratory Director John Grossenbacher during the Secretary's visit to the Idaho National Laboratory on Monday.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The INL and the Snake River Plain Aquifer
A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey of the Snake River Plain Aquifer below the Idaho National Laboratory may have caused some public concern about what we are doing to protect the aquifer.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

DOE Awards Small Business Contracts for Recovery Act Cleanup Work at DOE‚??s Idaho Site
Idaho Falls, ID ‚?? The Idaho Cleanup Project safely completed a remedial action five weeks ahead of schedule that protects the Snake River Plain Aquifer by grouting buried waste at the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s (DOE) Idaho Site. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded the project.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

WIPP receives 9,000th shipment
CARLSBAD, N.M., October 7, 2010 ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its 9,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste on Tuesday evening, marking an important milestone in the Department‚??s mission to clean up the legacy of the cold war.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

DOE Issues Finding of No Significant Impact and Final Environmental Assessment on Radiological Response Training Range
The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact stemming from an environmental assessment it performed to examine the potential environmental impacts of operating a Radiological Response Training Range at Idaho National Laboratory.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

GreenGov Presidential Award
The Idaho National Laboratory and DOE's Idaho Operations Office were honored at the recent GreenGov Presidential Awards ceremony in the Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

PIT 9: From "Black Eye" to Part of DOE Cleanup Success
There was a time back in the late 1990s and early 2000s when the words ‚??Pit 9‚?Ě were synonymous with failure. Failure on the part of a large company to execute its contract to clean up Pit 9. Failure on the part of the Federal government to meet the deadlines to clean up nuclear waste.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Idaho National Laboratory Stand-Off Experiment Range draft environmental assessment available for public review and comment
Idaho Falls, ID ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy today published a draft environmental assessment for a proposed Stand-Off Experiment Range at Idaho National Laboratory.

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2009 Press Releases - January Through December

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

DOE Idaho Operations Office Manager Elizabeth Sellers leaving Department
Elizabeth Sellers, manager of the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Operations Office, announced today that she will retire from United States government service in February.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

FAREWELL OPEN HOUSE SET FOR ELIZABETH SELLERS
A farewell open house has been scheduled for Elizabeth Sellers, who is retiring as manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho Operations Office.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

DOE extends public comment period on the Remote-handled Waste Disposition Project Environmental Assessment
In response to a request from the public, the U.S. Department of Energy has extended the deadline to comment on the draft environmental assessment for a proposal to process approximately 327 cubic meters of remote-handled radioactive waste currently stored at Idaho National Laboratory.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

DOE Names Interim Manager for Idaho Operations Office
Dennis Miotla, the Office of Nuclear Energy‚??s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Power Deployment, has been named the interim manager of the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Operations Office, while the Department recruits a permanent manager.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Energy Department, Northwest Food Processors Association Set Energy Efficiency Goals for Industry
PORTLAND, OR - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Northwest Food Processors Association today set ambitious goals to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in the industrial sector.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

DOE Secretary Chu Announces Changes to Expedite Economic Recovery Funding
WASHINGTON D.C. --- Two days after President Obama signed the historic American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a sweeping reorganization of the Department of Energy‚??s dispersal of direct loans, loan guarantees and funding contained in the new recovery legislation.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Finding of No Significant Impact Issued on Environmental Assessment for Remotehandled Waste Disposition Project at DOE‚??s Idaho Site
The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the Final Environmental Assessment for the Remote-handled Waste Disposition Project.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Computer disk with personal information of Department of Energy's Idaho site employees lost in transit
The Department of Energy's Office of Health, Safety and Security has been informed that a password-protected computer disk containing personal information of current and former employees at DOE's Idaho facilities has been lost in shipment.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Obama Administration Announces $3.2 Billion in Funding for Local Energy Efficiency Improvements
WASHINGTON ‚?? Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced plans to invest $3.2 billion in energy efficiency and conservation projects in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Native American tribes. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded by President Obama‚??s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will provide formula grants for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency nationwide.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

STIMULUS FUNDING WILL ACCELERATE CLEANUP IN IDAHO
Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will do more than sustain employment at the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Site ‚?? it will accelerate cleanup.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Department of Energy Issues Funding Opportunity Announcement to U.S. Universities for Nuclear Research Infrastructure Needs
Washington, DC ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), valued at least $2.25 million for equipment and infrastructure upgrades at U.S. universities enhancing their ability to conduct cutting-edge nuclear research and development.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Department of Energy Issues Funding Opportunity Announcement to U.S. Universities for Nuclear Science and Engineering Fellowships and Scholarships
Washington, DC ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to provide approximately $2.4 million in university nuclear science and engineering fellowships and scholarships.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

US Department of Energy Promotes Special Earth Week Feature on Energy.gov
WASHINGTON, DC ‚?? During Earth Week, visitors to the U.S. Department of Energy website -- energy.gov -- will be immediately directed to a special web feature giving them key energy saving tips and user-friendly information about the critical emerging technologies and initiatives underway to move the nation toward a clean energy economy.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Idaho Cleanup Project completes work at Test Area North complex at DOE‚??s Idaho site
Idaho Cleanup Project workers have completed all the original contract work scope at the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Site‚??s Test Area North (TAN) complex.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Historic Commitment to Research and Education
WASHINGTON, DC - In a speech to the National Academy of Sciences, President Obama outlined a bold commitment to basic and applied research, innovation and education.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

U.S. and India Hold the Second Meeting of the Indo-United States Civil Nuclear Energy Working Group
The United States hosted the second meeting of the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Energy Working Group at Idaho National Laboratory on April 28-30, 2009.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Stimulus Funding Creating Cleanup Jobs At DOE‚??s Idaho Site
Arimo resident Jeff Johnson did something this week he hasn‚??t done since January. He reported to his new job. Funding for Johnson‚??s position is part of the $468 million in additional funding that the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s (DOE) Idaho Site received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

The First Recovery Act Funded Waste Shipment departs from the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility
A shipment of mixed low-level waste left DOE‚??s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project on May 6, years earlier than originally planned, due to funding received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Secretary Chu: President‚??s Energy Budget Creates Jobs, Restores America‚??s Scientific Leadership and Puts Nation on the Path to Energy Independence
Washington D.C. --- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today detailed President Barack Obama‚??s $26.4 billion Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for the Department of Energy, highlighting the Administration‚??s commitment to transformational discoveries, breakthrough science, and innovative technologies in the nation‚??s effort to secure reliable, clean, safe and secure energy, create new jobs and fight climate change.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Secretary Chu Announces Funding for 71 University-Led Nuclear Research and Development Projects
WASHINGTON, DC ‚?? U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the selection of 71 university research project awards as part of the Department of Energy‚??s investments in cuttingedge nuclear energy research and development (R&D).

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Notice on Civil Rights Obligations Applicable to the Distribution of Funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Federal agencies will shortly begin distributing funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Public comment sought on soil cleanup project at the Idaho Site‚??s Test Area North Complex
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking public comment on a small-scale soil cleanup at the Idaho Site‚??s Test Area North (TAN) complex. An Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) document with three proposed alternatives for the soil cleanup is under evaluation by DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Idaho‚??s Department of Environmental Quality.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

DOE Seeks Office Spaces for its Idaho Environmental Management Team
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking local office space here to support the Office of Environmental Management's cleanup mission at the Department's Idaho Site.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Here‚??s What‚??s Going on with DOE-ID
As you know, we initiated a survey under ‚??Voice of the People‚?Ě last month, in order to get your input on how we can make this website more useful to you. In response to your feedback, one thing we did is develop a monthly article that attempts to capsulize the activities and opportunities for public input, all in one place.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts: Joan Evans, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs; Warren F. "Pete" Miller, Jr., PhD, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy; and John R. Norris, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Secretary Chu Announces Nuclear Energy University Program Awards
WASHINGTON, DC ‚?? U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced nearly $9 million in awards to support the next generation of American nuclear energy development.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Energy Department and INL highlight continued commitment to openness
One of the first things President Barack Obama did when he came into office earlier this year was to issue a memo to government agencies outlining his commitment to openness in government.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Demonstration Cask Provided to Idaho Science Center
The U.S. Department of Energy and CWI, our cleanup contractor, recently responded to a request from the Idaho Science Center in Arco for a display cask that shows how waste or spent nuclear fuel is safely transported.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Idaho Cleanup Project grows its workforce to complete ARRA work
Over a hundred new faces have already joined the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) workforce, both in offices and at work sites across DOE‚??s Idaho Site. The ICP is ramping up its workforce to complete new work scope assigned to the ICP under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

DOE Idaho Sends First Offsite Waste to New Mexico
Five months ahead of schedule, Idaho sent the first shipment of offsite radioactive transuranic waste received from the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Nevada Test Site for permanent disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Here‚??s What‚??s Going On at DOE-Idaho
This continues our monthly summary of activities at the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Operations Office. We‚??ll look ahead at public involvement opportunities, highlight recent announcements and summarize our activities. As always, if you have questions or suggestions for improving our web site, please contact Brad Bugger, ID Public Affairs Officer, at (208) 526- 0833 or buggerbp@id.doe.gov.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Chu Highlights Scientific Solutions to the Energy Crisis on New Facebook Page
Washington, DC - During the 40th anniversary week of the moon landing, Energy Secretary Steven Chu is taking one small step onto Facebook to highlight the potential of groundbreaking research to take giant leaps forward in solving the energy crisis.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Chu: U.S. Can "Lead this New Industrial Revolution" in Clean Energy
WASHINGTON, DC‚?? The Wednesday, July 22, 2009 edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch includes opinion piece from Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

EM Recovery Act Accelerated Accomplishments
Within the first three monthsfollowing receipt of Recovery Act funding, EM placed contract vehicles initiating work for more than 90 percentof the EM Recovery Act Projects.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

DOE intends to extend the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project contract for four months as competition for long-term contract continues.
U.S. Department of Energy intends to extend by four months its contract with the company currently operating the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the department's Idaho site, so it can conduct discussions with companies competing for an anticipated six-year AMWTP contract.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

DOE Idaho Operations Office wins Safety & Health Outreach Award from Voluntary Protection Program Participants‚?? Association, Inc.
Region X (Pacific Northwest) of the Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association, Inc. has given the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho Operations Office its 2009 Safety & Health Outreach Award for volunteering with DOE contractors to teach safety to hundreds of Eastern Idaho school children.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Newsletter - Issue 4, July 2009
The Idaho Cleanup Project is taking on a new waste management challenge that creates new jobs and paves the way for future project opportunities.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Moab Steps Up the Pace of Mill Tailings Shipments
Recovery Act funds ($108 million) are being used to accelerate the frequency of uranium mill tailings shipments from the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project site to a disposal site near Crescent Junction, Utah.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

DOE names Bechtel BWXT Idaho and the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project as a VPP Star Site
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced it has recognized Bechtel BWXT Idaho at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project as a Star site in its Voluntary Protection Program. The Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project is located at the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Site, and is managed and operated for DOE by Bechtel BWXT Idaho.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

DOE invites public to mercury storage environmental impact statement scoping meeting in Idaho Falls on Tuesday, August 11, 2009.
The U.S. Department of Energy issued a Notice of Intent in the July 2, 2009 Federal Register announcing that it will prepare the Long-Term Management and Storage of Elemental Mercury Environmental Impact Statement (Mercury Storage EIS). This EIS will help identify a facility or facilities for storage of elemental mercury, as required by the Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Department of Energy Conference Emphasizes Universities‚?? Role in Nuclear Energy Research U.S. Senator Bob Bennett delivers closing remarks
SALT LAKE CITY ‚?? This Thursday and Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy hosted a workshop with professors from more than 40 U.S. universities to highlight the role universities can play in advancing the nation‚??s nuclear energy research. U.S. Senator Bob Bennett, R-Utah, delivered closing remarks to the conference, emphasizing the importance of nuclear energy as a clean, carbon-free source of electricity.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Visiting Dignitaries
U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman (right) looks at a model of a plutonium heat source that is used on U.S. space missions during the Deputy Secretary's visit to the Idaho National Laboratory recently. Steve Johnson of the INL (left) and Deputy Lab Director Dave Hill (center) were the tour guides for Deputy Secretary Poneman.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

IWTU Construction Workers Set Largest Process Vessel
Construction of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) took a major step forward on Sept. 2, 2009 as crews lifted into place the largest of the six process vessels that will be used to treat radioactive liquid waste stored at the site. The IWTU will use a steam reforming process to solidify the waste for eventual shipment out of Idaho.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Idaho Site Contractor Timeline
Timeline of the Idaho National Library 1950's through 2000's

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Agencies plan continued DOE landfill remediation
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have released a planning document that specifies how DOE will continue to remediate a landfill containing hazardous and transuranic waste at DOE‚??s Idaho Site located in eastern Idaho.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Department of Energy Announces up to $40 Million in Available Funding for Next Generation Nuclear Plants
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that up to $40 million in funding will be available from the Department of Energy to support design and planning work for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP).

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

DOE Under Secretary Kristina Johnson Visits INL
Idaho National Laboratory Nuclear Science and Technology Operations Manager Mike Goff discusses operations at the INL Hot Fuel Examination Facility with U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary Kristina Johnson, Ph.D, during her visit to the lab September 20-21.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Public comment sought on hot cell removal project at the Idaho Site's Advanced Test Reactor Complex
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking public comment on a project to remove three unused hot cells and the 1950s era laboratory building that contains them at the Idaho Site's Advanced Test Reactor complex. An Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) document with three proposed alternatives for the final end state of the building and hot cells is under evaluation by DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Idaho's Department of Environmental Quality.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

With the Bubble Off, Idaho Plant Rises Fast
On a plateau in the central part of the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Site, hundreds of construction workers are swarming over the skeleton ofa new waste treatment plant with a deadline in mind‚??theyhave to transform the concrete and steel framework into a fully enclosed building before winter arrives.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Agencies sign last record of decision for DOE Idaho cleanup program
WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a new Request for Pre-Applications for universities interested in conducting cutting-edge nuclear energy research and development (R&D).

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Agencies sign last record of decision for DOE Idaho cleanup program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Idaho have signed the last of 25 Superfund records of decision (RODs) at DOE‚??s Idaho Site. These three agencies have been implementing an agreement to clean up the 890 square-mile, eastern Idaho site since 1991.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

The Office of Environmental Management Celebrates 20 years (1989-2009)
With the advent of the Manhattan Project in World War II and extended by the Cold War, which lasted until the end of the 1980s, the United States created a massive, nation-wide complex to research, develop and mass-produce nuclear weapons and related materials.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Idaho's Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project Completes Recovery Act Goals
With funds provided by the American Recover and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho Site is shipping radioactive waste years ahead of schedule.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

DOE-ID Procurement Services ‚?? the action team
Passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included billions of dollars in additional funding for energy efficiency improvements to U.S. homes and businesses. By early July, the U.S. Department of Energy was hard pressed to get that funding to the communities who needed it to reduce their power bills.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Department of Energy Announces More Than $104 Million for National Laboratory Facilities
ALBUQUERQUE, NM ‚?? While visiting Sandia National Laboratories, Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today announced $104.7 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for eight new projects to establish critical research and testing facilities at seven DOE National Laboratories , including Idaho National Laboratory. The projects will support the development and improvement of clean energy and efficiency technologies of strategic national interest.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Catching Up on Portsmouth's Accelerated Cleanup Effort
EM Assistant Secretary Ines Triay joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) last week at the Department if Energy's Portsmouth Site in Piketon, Ohio to see the impact stimulus funds are having on cleanup projects there.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

EM Taps Peer Reviews to Help Manage Its Big Projects
When it comes to managing big construction projects, the Office of Environmental Management is in the first stages of a culture change.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Specific Manufacturing Capability Project presented with special thank-you note
A thank-you note in the form of a United States flag was presented by the U.S. Army to employees at the Specific Manufacturing Capability (SMC) project at Idaho National Laboratory.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Specific Manufacturing Capability Project presented with special thank-you note
A thank-you note in the form of a United States flag was presented by the U.S. Army to employees at the Specific Manufacturing Capability (SMC) project at Idaho National Laboratory.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Department of Energy to Invest $366M in Energy Innovation Hubs
Washington, DC ‚?? U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today outlined the Department‚??s plans to invest up to $366 million to establish and operate three new Energy Innovation Hubs focused on accelerating research and development in three key energy areas.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

DOE signs Record of Decision selecting Hot Isostatic Pressing Technology for Treatment of High Level Waste
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the treatment of high level waste calcine at the Department‚??s Idaho Site, meeting a legal commitment to the State of Idaho for a decision no later than the end of 2009.

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2008 Press Releases - January Through December

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

WIPP Receives 100th Remote-Handled Waste Shipment
CARLSBAD, N.M., January 5, 2008 ‚?? Less than a year ago, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) received its first shipment of remote-handled transuranic (RH-TRU) waste.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

MONTANA DELEGATION VISIT
On January 9 Montana Governor Schweitzer and First Lady, Nancy Schweitzer visited the INL.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Department of Energy Considers Comments on Buried Waste Cleanup
The U.S. Department of Energy is evaluating the input it received from the public during the recent public comment period on a proposed plan to cleanup buried waste at DOE‚??s Idaho Site.

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Monday, February 4, 2008

President Bush Requests $25 Billion for U.S. Department of Energy‚??s FY 2009 Budget
WASHINGTON, DC ‚?? U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today announced President Bush‚??s $25 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 budget request for the Department of Energy (DOE), an increase of $1.073 billion over the FY 2008 appropriation.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

DOE Assistant Secretary Dennis Spurgeon
DOE Assistant Secretary Dennis Spurgeon recently gave an update on the Federal perspective on the growth of nuclear power in the United States.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Intermountain CFC Raises $2,502,457 for Charity in 2007 DOE-Idaho Employees Contributed $74,000 to the Campaign
ODGEN, UTAH ‚?? Intermountain CFC, the charitable fundraising vehicle for federal employees throughout Utah, western Colorado, southeastern Idaho and Wyoming, raised an all-time high of $2,502,457 for charitable causes in 2007, the organization today reported.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

IDAHO SITE TO PROVIDE WASTE TREATMENT FOR OTHER DOE SITES
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is amending the Record of Decision for the Waste Management Program: Treatment and Storage of Transuranic Waste, originally issued in 1998.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

DOE Cites Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC for Worker Safety and Health Violations
WASHINGTON, DC ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA) for violations of the Department‚??s worker safety and health regulations.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Facility Representative Program ID Selects FR of the Year
John Martin was selected as DOE-ID‚??s Facility Representative of the Year and the office‚??s nominee for the 2007 DOE Facility Representative of the Year Award.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Agencies extend deadline for draft Record of Decision for Radioactive Waste Management Complex remediation
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality have extended the deadline for completing a draft Record of Decision for the radioactive and hazardous waste landfill remediation project at DOE‚??s Idaho cleanup site.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

DOE Co-Sponsors Earth Day Activities
This year‚??s Earth Day in April marks the 38th celebration of its kind since former Senator Gaylord Nelson first set aside the day in 1970 to honor the environment in which we live.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

U.S. Department of Energy to Invest up to $7.3 Million for ‚??Deep-Burn‚?Ě Gas-Reactor Technology R&D
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) valued at $7.3 million for universities, commercial entities, National Laboratories with expertise in the concept of nuclear fuel ‚??Deep-Burn‚?Ě in which plutonium and higher transuranics recycled from spent nuclear fuel are destroyed.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Elizabeth Sellers, manager of the Department of Energy's Idaho Operations Office, responded recently to concerns raised about DOE's plans to ship transuranic waste to Idaho for treatment prior to disposal in New Mexico. Following is Ms. Sellers' response.
In a recent editorial, ‚??Nuclear plans put community at risk (JH N&G, April 30, 2008),‚?Ě Mary Woolen raised concerns about the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s (DOE‚??s) decision to use existing waste treatment facilities at its Idaho Site to treat waste from other DOE sites prior to shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico for final disposal.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

U.S. Continues to Lead the World in Wind Power Growth
WASHINGTON ‚?? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released the 2007 edition of its Annual Report on U.S. Wind Power Installation, Cost, and Performance Trends, which provides a comprehensive overview of developments in the rapidly evolving U.S. wind power market.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Agencies extend deadline for draft Record of Decision for Radioactive Waste Management Complex remediation
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have further extended the deadline for completing a draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the radioactive and hazardous waste landfill remediation project at DOE‚??s Idaho cleanup site until June 30, 2008 in order to complete the necessary consultations and analysis of the public comments on the proposed plan.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Recommendation #138, Support of Processing Offsite Transuranic Waste at the INL Site
CAB recommendation to the Department of Energy in support of processing offsite transuranic waste at the INL site

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

DOE Marks Milestone in Submitting Yucca Mountain License Application
The Department of Energy submitted a license application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking authorization to build America‚??s first national repository for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

FACT SHEET - Gas Prices and Oil Consumption Would Increase Without Biofuels
Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman and Secretary of Agriculture Edward T Schafer sent a letter on June 11, 2008 to Senator Jeff Bingaman addressing a number of questions related to biofuels, food, and gasoline and diesel prices.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

DOE Announces International Agreement on Global Science Online Gateway
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the establishment of a multilateral alliance to govern the rapidly growing online gateway to international scientific research information.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery for Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman Yucca Mountain Press Conference National Press Club Washington, D.C.
The Department of Energy submitted a license application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking authorization to build America‚??s first national repository for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Agencies propose to commence exhumation in third buried waste retrieval area
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Idaho are proposing to expand the removal of buried waste to a third retrieval area at the Idaho National Laboratory Site‚??s Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC).

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The State of Idaho and the Department of Energy Buried Waste Agreement
AGREEMENT TO IMPLEMENT U.S. DISTRICT COURT ORDER DATED MAY 25, 2006

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The State of Idaho and the Department of Energy Buried Waste Agreement
Appendix A - F

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

State, Federal Government Agree on INL Buried Waster Cleanup Plan
IDAHO FALLS ‚?? The State of Idaho and the federal government today announced their agreement to a cleanup plan for buried waste at the Idaho National Laboratory that provides for the long-term protection of the Snake River Plain Aquifer.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery for Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Dennis R. Spurgeon Second Annual Nuclear Fuel Cycle Monitor Global Nuclear Renaissance Summit Alexandria, VA
Thank you for inviting me to address the Second Annual Global Nuclear Renaissance Summit. My topic is the Department of Energy‚??s role in developing our nation‚??s nuclear energy policy: technologically robust, economically sound, and publically acceptable.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

U.S. Department of Energy Awards $7.3 million for ‚??Deep-Burn‚?Ě Gas-Reactor Technology Research & Development
WASHINGTON, DC ‚??Today the U.S. Department of Energy announced it has selected teams led by Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory to advance the technology of nuclear fuel ‚??Deep-Burn,‚?Ě in which plutonium and higher transuranics recycled from spent nuclear fuel are destroyed while generating energy.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Deep-Burn Fact-Sheet
Deep-Burn Awardees

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Congress Must Work Now (WT)
The United States must come to terms with a new global energy reality that is not the result of any one event. It arises out of several decades of our inability to face the hard truths about how energy is produced and consumed and its impact on the environment.

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Monday, August 4, 2008

DOE Announces Contracts to Achieve $140 Million in Energy Efficiency Improvements to DOE Facilities
PHOENIX, Ariz. ‚?? U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency David Rodgers today announced the first four Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) to help the federal government save approximately $13 million on energy and energy-related costs per year.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

DOE, NRC Issue Licensing Roadmap For Next-Generation Nuclear Plant
WASHINGTON, DC ‚??The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) today delivered to Congress the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Licensing Strategy Report which describes the licensing approach, the analytical tools, the research and development activities and the estimated resources required to license an advanced reactor design by 2017 and begin operation by 2021.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Integrated Safety Management- Building Mission Success
Approximately 500 federal and contractor employees will arrive in Idaho Falls to participate in the 2008 Integrated Safety Management Workshop, beginning Aug. 25. Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Operations Office, along with the prime contractors at the Idaho National Laboratory Site, the workshop will serve as a forum for sharing safety related practices and lessons learned, while emphasizing the importance of the use of the Integrated Safety Management System to safely accomplish the Department of Energy‚??s mission.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Integrated Safety Management- Building Mission Success
Idaho Falls, Idaho ‚?? U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Acting Deputy Secretary Jeffrey F. Kupfer and DOE-ID's Greg Bass view activity in a hot cell at the Materials and Fuels Complex on Aug. 26.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Integrated Safety Management Workshop - Building Mission Success
Over 500 U.S. Department of Energy and contractor employees started the Labor Day weekend with safety in mind.

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Monday, September 8, 2008

NRC DOCKETS YUCCA MOUNTAIN APPLICATION, ADOPTS DOE‚??S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has formally docketed the Department of Energy‚??s license application for the proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Reactor Decommissioning
A crane removes the reactor vessel from the Power Burst Facility, then places it into the Idaho CERCLA Disposal Facility, as part of the decommissioning of the Power Burst Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory earlier this year.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Agencies sign record of decision for remediation and closure of DOE landfill
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have signed a record of decision outlining plans to remediate a waste landfill containing hazardous and transuranic waste at DOE‚??s Idaho Site in eastern Idaho.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

DOE-STATE OF IDAHO SETTLEMENT FUND CREATES 5,000 NEW JOBS
The State of Idaho recently notified the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that it has completed distribution of $30 million in federal funds to assist economic development in eastern Idaho and, to date, over 5,000 new jobs have been created.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Energy Department retains INL contractor until 2014
IDAHO FALLS -- The U.S. Department of Energy has decided to retain its Idaho National Laboratory contractor for the duration of the 10-year contract, which means Battelle Energy Alliance will continue to run INL through September 2014.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

DOE SEEKS CONTRACTOR TO DISPOSITION WASTE AT THE ADVANCED MIXED WASTE TREATMENT PROJECT (AMWTP)
Idaho Falls -- The U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, in coordination with the Office of Environmental Management today released a Final ‚??Request for Proposal‚?Ě to obtain a contractor to perform waste processing at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project at the Department‚??s Idaho Site near Idaho Falls, Idaho. The contract performance period is anticipated to be six years under a Cost-Plus-Award-Fee contract with performance-based incentives.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

DOE hosts public hearings in Idaho Falls and around the nation to gather comments on its Draft Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
To help supply consistent, large quantities of carbon-free nuclear power for the nation‚??s energy future, the U.S. Department of Energy prefers to recycle nuclear fuel when generating commercial electricity with reactors, instead the current practice of using nuclear fuel only once.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Agencies Publish Final Environmental Impact Statement on Energy Corridor Designation in the West
WASHINGTON, DC - Four Federal agencies today released a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final PEIS) proposing to designate more than 6,000 miles of energy transport corridors on Federal lands in 11 Western States.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Draft Environmental Assessment on the Remote-handled Waste Disposition Project available for public review and comment
The U.S. Department of Energy invites the public to review and comment on a draft environmental assessment that the Department issued today, for a proposal to process approximately 327 cubic meters of remote-handled waste currently stored at the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Third Buried Waste Retrieval Project under way at DOE Idaho Site
The Idaho Cleanup Project has recently begun removing Cold War weapons waste from a third retrieval area at the Department of Energy‚??s Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) in eastern Idaho.

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2007 Press Releases - January Through December

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

DOE completes environmental assessment on INL National Security Test Range
The U.S. Department of Energy has issued the final environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact on the establishment of a National Security Test Range at the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Facility Representative Program Outstanding at ID
Facility representatives (FRs) are the eyes and ears of the federal government at the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

DOE to Provide up to $2.5 Million to Implement Solar Energy Technologies in Utah
NEW YORK, NY ‚?? U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today announced that DOE will make available nearly $2.5 million to thirteen cities to increase the use of solar power across the country, building on the President‚??s commitment to further the development of clean, renewable energy technologies.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Agencies complete comprehensive investigation for radioactive and hazardous waste landfill; agree to extend document submittal milestone
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have completed a CERCLA (Superfund) Remedial Investigation and Baseline Risk Assessment and Feasibility Study of a radioactive and hazardous waste landfill at the U.S. Department of Energy√Į¬Ņ¬Ĺs Idaho Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC).

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Pit 9 Project Structures Removed
For many years, the Pit 9 project at the Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Site was the symbol of frustration for its cleanup program.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thanks to Our Neighbors in Fighting Fire on INL
The INL Firefighters and support workers joined together with the Blackfoot Fire Department, Idaho Falls Fire Department, Shelley Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management firefighters, Shoshone-Bannock Tribal fire crews, the Idaho State Police, and the Bingham and Butte County sheriff‚??s offices to effectively control the blaze and protect people and structures until the fire was extinguished.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

U.S. Department of Energy Keeps Its Cleanup Commitments
Significant progress continues on cleanup of legacy environmental challenges at the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Engineering Test Reactor (ETR) Vessel Relocated
On Monday, September 24, 2007 the Engineering Test Reactor (ETR) vessel was removed from its location and delivered to the Idaho CERCLA Disposal Facility (ICDF).

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Agencies seek public comment on alternatives for cleanup of buried waste at INL site
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are asking the public to comment on alternatives for addressing buried waste at the DOE-Idaho Site‚??s Radioactive Waste Management Complex Subsurface Disposal Area.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

DOE-ID 3161 Plan November
Idaho Operations Office (DOE-ID) Work Force Restructuring Plan

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Waste Area Group 7 Proposed Plan
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site Environmental Management (EM) Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) recommends acceptance of the preferred alternative in the Proposed Plan for Radioactive Waste Management Complex Operable Unit 7-13/14.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

DOE‚??s Idaho Operations Office Manager Elizabeth Sellers wins a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award
The U.S. Department of Energy announced that Elizabeth Sellers, manager of the Department‚??s Idaho Operations Office, has been selected as one of 23 senior executives awarded Meritorious Presidential Rank awards for exemplary federal service.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

INL Equipment to Aid Regional Response Team
DOE-ID is transferring equipment to the Idaho Falls Police Department's Hazardous Materials Response Team for their use in responding to suspected hazardous devices.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

DOE-Idaho Leads Regional Combined Federal Campaign
The U.S. Department of Energy‚??s Idaho Operations Office is once again leading the regional Combined Federal Campaign, which is the only sanctioned charitable campaign for all federal employees.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

DOE, Tribes sign a renewal of the Agreement in Principle
FORT HALL--The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Department of Energy ‚?? Idaho Operations Office recently signed a new Agreement in Principle, thus renewing the formal relationship between the two parties for another five-year period.

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