Memories of Calder Hall

On 17 October 1956, Queen Elizabeth II – then four years in her reign – opened Calder Hall. Sixty years on, times have changed, both for the monarchy and the Sellafield site. Here we look back at memories of the opening the world’s first commercial nuclear power station, its 47 years of operations, and the decommissioning since that point, with employees past and present.

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Twenty Years of Preparations to Culminate in Plutonium Finishing Plant Demolition

Demolition of the Hanford Site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) is scheduled to begin within weeks, capping years of challenging preparatory work. EM’s Richland Operations Office and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M) will conduct demolition slowly and methodically, with numerous controls and extensive monitoring in place to ensure employee and environmental safety.

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DOE Releases Sources Sought/Request for Information for the Low-Level Waste/Mixed Low-Level Waste Disposal (2018) Procurement

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) has issued a Sources Sought/Request for Information (RFI) seeking interested parties with the specialized capabilities necessary to meet the requirements for the Low-Level Waste/Mixed Low-Level Waste (LLW/MLLW) Disposal (2018) procurement. This effort will require contractors to safely dispose of LLW/MLLW; Section 11e.(2) byproduct material; technologically-enhanced, naturally-occurring radioactive material (TENORM); and sealed sources.

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Vision 2016: An Accomplishment a Decade in the Making

Longtime EM employees stood attentively near the demolition site watching the final portion of Building K-27 crash to the ground last month. Their faces showed the recognition of this historically significant moment. Each played a role in the effort to achieve the ambitious vision to remove all of the site’s uranium enrichment gaseous diffusion plants (GDP) by the end of 2016.

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Employees, Regulators and Lawmakers Celebrate Oak Ridge Milestone

More than 100 national, state and local officials, and 1,200 federal and contractor employees braved Tennessee’s summer heat on Aug. 30 to witness the culmination of more than a decade of decontamination, decommissioning and demolition work here at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP). Onlookers saw Oak Ridge’s final uranium gaseous diffusion enrichment process building fall, marking the first time in the world this feat was completed.

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