The US Department of Energy Office (DOE) of Environmental Management (EM) has released its Strategic Vision outlining goals for 2022-2032 focused on safety, environmental clean-up priorities, innovation, and improved performance.

EM said it is working to fulfil the moral and ecological responsibility of safely dealing with contamination and delivering on environmental justice goals in communities that were vital to the development of nuclear weapons and advances in government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

“The Strategic Vision sets EM on a course that will span a decade and keeps us focused on achieving EM’s vital nuclear clean-up mission safely, effectively and at a practical cost to the American taxpayers,” EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White said.

Strategic Vision 2022-2032, an update of previous editions, was developed with feedback from regulators, tribal nations, local communities and other partners.

EM’s vision for its clean-up sites over the next decade includes:

Initiating radioactive tank waste treatment at the Hanford Site in Washington state, as well as completing other significant risk-reduction activities.Emptying and closing 22 of 51 underground waste tanks at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.Completing the new Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System, a new utility shaft and other key infrastructure upgrades at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.Completing the treatment of remaining liquid sodium-bearing waste at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.Demolishing two of three former uranium enrichment process buildings at the Portsmouth Site in Ohio.Finalising and implementing long-term treatment approaches for contaminated groundwater at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.Initiating soil remediation and final groundwater treatment approaches at the former Energy Technology Engineering Centre site in Ventura County, California.Completing legacy clean-up activities at the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project in Utah, the Nevada National Security Site, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the Sandia National Laboratories site in New Mexico.

 

Date: Friday, 11 March 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-reveals-blueprint-for-clean-up-over-the-coming-decade-9540463