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December 2012

December 20, 2012
DOE Awards Hanford Site Law Enforcement Contract to Benton County
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded a contract to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in Kennewick, Wash., to provide law enforcement services at the DOE Hanford Site. The contract has a five-year period of performance, consisting of a one-year base period, with four one-year option periods and an approximate total value of $5 million.


December 18, 2012
Office of River Protection contractor receives one-year extension
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of River Protection (ORP) announced the contract for Advanced Technologies and Laboratories International Inc. (ATL) has been extended for a second one-year option. ATL will continue to provide analytical services and testing work at the Hanford Site 222-S Laboratory through January 2, 2014.


December 14, 2012
Office of River Protection fills key management position
The Department of Energy Office of River Protection today announced that William (Bill) Hamel has been selected as the Assistant Manager for the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Project. As the Assistant Manager, he is responsible for the design, construction and commissioning of the world’s largest and most complex radioactive waste treatment facility.


December 5, 2012
Issuance of the Final Tank Closure and Waste Management Environmental Impact Statement
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is issuing its Final Tank Closure and Waste Management Environmental Impact Statement Hanford Site, Richland, Washington” (Final TC & WM EIS, DOE/EIS-0391), prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).


November 2012

November 28, 2012
HAMMER Training Center Supports Hurricane Sandy Emergency Response
Eight local responders log 800 hours during recovery operations


October 2012

October 25, 2012
One of the Largest Pieces of Processing Equipment removed from Plutonium Finishing Plant
The successful removal of one of the largest, most complex pieces of equipment from the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP)


October 22, 2012
Hanford Determines Double-Shell Tank Leaked Waste From Inner Tank
Testing found no indication of leaks outside the outer tank


September 2012

September 19, 2012
F Reactor Area Cleanup Complete
First at Hanford to Finish Buildings, Waste Sites, and Cocooning


September 17, 2012
Retrieval of the Tenth Single-Shell Tank Complete at Hanford
Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) has advised the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that they have completed retrieval of radioactive and chemical waste from the third single-shell tank (SST) this year.


September 13, 2012
Highly Radioactive Sludge Removal Complete
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) announced today the removal of the first phase of highly radioactive sludge from under water storage in the K West Basin about 400 yards away from the Columbia River.


September 13, 2012
HAMMER Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Dedicates New U.S. State Department Field Exercise Building


September 6, 2012
Retrieval of Ninth Single-Shell Tank Complete
Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) has completed the retrieval of radioactive and chemical waste from single-shell tank (SST) C-104, an underground storage tank that once held 259,000 gallons of waste left over from nuclear weapons production at Hanford.


August 2012

August 24, 2012
Columbia Gorge Kiwanis Club to Host Speaker from Hanford August 28
Cameron Hardy to provide group with overview of Hanford Site’s history and cleanup progress


August 2, 2012
Hanford’s Robust Safety Culture Gains One More Site-Wide Safety Standard
14 standards have been adopted or developed through collaborative efforts


July 2012

July 13, 2012
PRESS RELEASE: First of Hanford’s Highly Radioactive Sludge Moved Away from River
Workers have started moving highly radioactive material, called sludge, away from the Columbia River, marking a significant milestone in the cleanup of the Hanford Site.





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