November 7, 2017
Aiken, S.C. - The Tank 12 Closure project, led by Savannah River Site (SRS) liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation (SRR), received the 2017 Award for Project Excellence from the Project Management Institute (PMI) last month at its annual Global Project Management Conference in Chicago.
The Tank 12 Closure was one of only two projects in North America to receive this honor. The other recipient was another AECOM-led project, the AP Farm Ventilation Upgrades Project at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Site.
DOE-Savannah River Manager Jack Craig said remediating waste tanks at SRS is critical to EM’s cleanup mission, including risk reduction.
“Closing Tank 12 was an important milestone in furthering the Department of Energy's environmental cleanup mission at the Savannah River Site,” said Craig. “I commend SRR for their work on Tank 12 and receiving this award.”
Jolene Seitz, DOE-Savannah River federal project manager for tank closure, also congratulated the SRR team.
“Tank closure is a highly complex task and Savannah River Remediation did an exceptional job of managing the Tank 12 closure project,” said Seitz.
Tom Foster, SRR President and Project Manager, said the trend of nuclear clean-up projects winning the 2017 Awards for Project Excellence was no coincidence.
“SRR’s work to clean up the legacy radioactive liquid waste has tremendous value for our community, our state, and our nation,” Foster said. “It will continue to have an impact for generations to come. This award is further proof of the crucial work the SRR team completes for our nation.”
Foster continued, “Tank closure is a several-year-long process that relies on every level of the organization, from our craft workers, engineers, safety professionals, to project managers, and many others. This award truly belongs to the entire workforce of SRR. They are the best of the best.”
Tank closure involves safely removing the highly radioactive sludge and salt waste from the one-million-gallon tank through waste transfer campaigns. The sludge and salt waste is then immobilized through the Defense Waste Processing Facility and the Saltstone Production Facility, respectively. The tank is then cleaned with specialized mechanical and chemical processes, then isolated from all other existing tank farm services. These activities are prerequisites leading to regulatory confirmation that the tank is cleaned to the maximum extent practical and ready for closure. Tank closure is accomplished through the placement of grout to fill the entire tank and all tank component voids. During Tank 12 closure, 567 grout trucks traveled onsite, and 908,580 gallons of grout was poured into the tank.
Tank 12, the eighth underground radioactive liquid waste tank to be closed at SRS, was declared operationally closed by DOE on April 28, 2016, ahead of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory commitment of May 31, 2016.
PMI is the world's leading association for those who consider project, program, or portfolio management their profession, according to the institute’s website. Since 1974, the PMI Professional Awards have honored organizations and individuals whose passion, talent, and expertise have made outstanding contributions to the project management profession or to PMI.
SRR is the liquid waste contractor at the SRS for the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M, and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Atkins, and AECOM N&E Technical Services.