October 27, 2015
AIKEN, S.C. - In Fiscal Year 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) liquid waste program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) continued a successful track record of reducing the risk of high-level waste at SRS by immobilizing the waste and closing another waste tank. Savannah River Remediation (SRR) is the DOE liquid waste contractor at SRS, and is responsible for processing radioactive waste from aging waste tanks.
The waste – a more radioactive sludge, a less radioactive salt, and contaminated water – is dispositioned through various liquid waste facilities. Removing this waste from the tanks is essential to the Site’s mission of cleaning and operationally closing them.
Liquid waste accomplishments for Fiscal Year 2015 included:
The fiscal year operational accomplishments and tank closures continue to reduce risk and set the stage for the future.
"The liquid waste work at the Savannah River Site is making good progress toward our objectives of safely dispositioning waste and protecting the public and the environment," said Jack Craig, DOE-Savannah River Manager. "I'm pleased to see the success SRR achieved during another challenging year."
One key reason SRR employees were successful in Fiscal Year 2015 is because they worked the greatest number of hours without a days-away injury in the 6-plus years of the SRR contract.
"Safe work performance is paramount in our business. We want workers to go home each day in the same condition they arrived," said Stuart MacVean, SRR President and Project Manager. "By doing each job safely, we were able to accomplish more of our mission objectives. I'm proud of their determination to focus on safety while providing the government with solid results based on innovation and cost effectiveness."
SRS is owned by DOE. The SRS Liquid Waste contract is managed by SRR, which is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.