(110a) Overview of U.S. DOE Environmental and Waste Cleanup Programs
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:30am
The four sites include the Savannah River Site, Hanford, the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP). Progress in waste retrieval, treatment and disposition vary among the sites, with the treatment mission essentially complete at WVDP and not yet substantially started at INL and Hanford. To accomplish this tank waste cleanup mission, EM and its field sites utilize approximately 5,000 contractors employed by various corporations, usually in the form of limited liability partnerships. In addition, EM and its contractors rely on specific technical expertise from national laboratories, outside technical experts, and universities to provide assistance. This is particularly true in the technology development area, in which partnerships with other agencies, e.g., NASA for robotics, and university partnerships are being utilized. This talk will address these aspects that are enablers to achieving the EM tank waste mission.