December 6, 2022 — EM Update
NEW ORLEANS – The 21st Annual Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy on Nuclear Waste Cleanup last week brought together EM and six intergovernmental groups to discuss priorities and strategies to advance the cleanup mission.
DOE and EM senior leaders gave updates on navigating the future of the waste management consent-based siting process, planning for the future workforce, climate resiliency preparations, protection of cultural and historical landscapes and an emerging contaminant migrating into the environment from chemicals used in all types of materials called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Attendees also participated in an interactive budget development exercise.
In his plenary address, EM Senior Advisor William “Ike” White reflected on a successful past year that saw the cleanup program achieve the bulk of its ambitious calendar year priorities, from the launch on the Main Plant Process Building demolition at the West Valley Demonstration Project to the startup of the Hanford Site’s Tank-Side Cesium Removal System, the cornerstone of the site’s Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste Program, removing radioactive cesium and solids from tank waste.
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