Department of Energy officials last week marked a historic landmark in Environmental Management’s (EM) mission as they celebrated the close of the Cold War cleanup program’s $6 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program.
DOE officials recognized the commitment, leadership, and hard work of thousands of workers who helped make Recovery Act work successful.
“I think it’s important to remember the bigger picture. The core of it was that DOE accomplished really, really, really important things,” David Klaus, DOE Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance, said of the Department’s Recovery Act work. “When you go to Hanford and you see the pump-and-treat facility, you understand what an important difference it makes on the Central Plateau. We’ve managed to put that facility in place for the protection of the surrounding community.”
Back in 2009, the Los Alamos National Laboratory received $212 million in Recovery Act funding to perform environmental remediation work, including the TA-21 building demolition project, excavation of Material Disposal Area B (MDA-B), the Lab’s oldest waste disposal site, and the installation of 16 groundwater monitoring wells.