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Welcome to the official Savannah River Operations Office (DOE-SR) page. DOE-SR, or SRS, is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) organization that serves as the landlord for site resources and is responsible for overseeing the work performed by the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) contractors. SRS is a key DOE industrial complex dedicated to; environmental cleanup, nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, and nuclear materials disposition, in support of the nation's nuclear non-proliferation efforts. The site also develops and deploys technologies to support radiological and chemical cleanup activities following approximately 50 years of producing materials used for nuclear weapons, primarily plutonium and tritium. The site’s center is approximately 15 miles south of Aiken, South Carolina and 25 miles southeast of Augusta, Georgia...the two closest population centers. The site covers more than 310 square miles. SRS is responsible for oversight of the DOE's Environmental Management operations under the Office of Environmental Management (EM). The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) also manages the Savannah River Field Office and the Office of Nonproliferation that perform National Security missions at SRS as tenant organizations.

Bridge Construction, 1956At least seven new bridges were constructed during the early years of Savannah River Plant. Add...
07/30/2020

Bridge Construction, 1956
At least seven new bridges were constructed during the early years of Savannah River Plant. Additionally, DuPont, serving as the primary contractor at the time, had a policy of replacing original structures, most of which were wooden. #TBT #70YearsOfService

SRS has restarted plutonium downblend, which will lead to the removal of plutonium from South Carolina. Read more about ...
07/28/2020

SRS has restarted plutonium downblend, which will lead to the removal of plutonium from South Carolina. Read more about it here:https://www.srs.gov/general/news/releases/nr20_srs-plutonium-downblend-resumes.pdf

It’s the last week for #SRS employees to enter the #SnapSRS wall art contest! All badged #SavannahRiverSite employees ha...
07/27/2020

It’s the last week for #SRS employees to enter the #SnapSRS wall art contest! All badged #SavannahRiverSite employees have the opportunity to submit their original photos at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/snapsrs2020 by midnight on Friday, July 31. The winners will be showcased at Aiken Center for The Arts from Sept. 9-Oct. 23.

07/24/2020
Legacy of Stewardship

It’s time to resume our “Saluting SRS: 70 Years of Service to the Nation” video series! This week’s installment focuses on the Legacy of Stewardship at #SRS. Make sure you tune in Friday, July 31, for the next video! #70YearsOfService

Reactor Fuel Fabrication, 1954Adapted from the process used at Hanford, reactor fuel fabrication involved uranium slugs ...
07/23/2020

Reactor Fuel Fabrication, 1954
Adapted from the process used at Hanford, reactor fuel fabrication involved uranium slugs dipped in multiple metal baths, seen here, placed in an aluminum can, capped and welded. #TBT #70YearsOfService

The Savannah River Site (SRS) landscape is changing again as Saltstone Disposal Unit (SDU) 8 cell construction work is u...
07/22/2020

The Savannah River Site (SRS) landscape is changing again as Saltstone Disposal Unit (SDU) 8 cell construction work is underway.

SDU 8 work has moved past preparing the site and installing a mudmat. Savannah River Remediation is now setting rebar in preparation for placing the two-foot-thick foundation slab, the step that moves the work on the cell to the construction phase.

Mega-volume SDU design and construction is based on the first successful mega-volume SDU, SDU 6, which entered into operation in August 2017. Construction of the SDU 7 cell is complete, and it is currently being internally lined to protect the concrete and provide a robust leak tightness barrier.

Click here for more: https://www.energy.gov/em/articles/next-mega-volume-saltstone-disposal-unit-taking-shape-srs

Green Cross Cards, 1960While discussing his new responsibilities as foreman, Joe Gay learns about green cards used to re...
07/16/2020

Green Cross Cards, 1960
While discussing his new responsibilities as foreman, Joe Gay learns about green cards used to report unsafe practices from Herbert Courtney. #TBT #70YearsOfService

The Savannah River Site has a vacancy for a Nuclear Engineer, GS-0840-13. Click the job announcement below for more deta...
07/14/2020
Nuclear Engineer

The Savannah River Site has a vacancy for a Nuclear Engineer, GS-0840-13. Click the job announcement below for more details.

A successful candidate in this position will Serve as a technical authority for assigned nuclear facility Safety Basis Review and evaluate Safety Basis and engineering documentation developed by the contractor in support of startup, testing, operation, and maintena...

Check out this month’s #SavannahRiverSite feature in @BELLA Magazine! #70YearsOfService http://www.aikenbellamagazine.co...
07/13/2020
Beyond the Barricade | SRS Ties That Shaped Our Community | Part 7 - Aiken Bella Magazine

Check out this month’s #SavannahRiverSite feature in @BELLA Magazine! #70YearsOfService http://www.aikenbellamagazine.com/2020/07/10/beyond-the-barricade-srs-ties-that-shaped-our-community-part-7/

It is plain and simple — Tambra Wilkerson is a fighter. Although she came to the area to support an important Savannah River Site (SRS) mission, she realized a calling in her heart to help others in a unique way.

This year, the #SavannahRiverSite is celebrating #70YearsOfService to the nation and the National Nuclear Security Admin...
07/10/2020

This year, the #SavannahRiverSite is celebrating #70YearsOfService to the nation and the National Nuclear Security Administration marks its 20th anniversary! To recognize both milestones, #NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty visited the #SRS Museum with Representatives Joe Wilson and Rick Allen.

The Savannah River Site is pleased to welcome National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Lisa E. Gordon Hage...
07/10/2020

The Savannah River Site is pleased to welcome National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Lisa E. Gordon Hagerty! She is joined by U.S. Representatives Joe Wilson and Rick Allen. They will meet the workforce supporting #NNSA missions, receive project updates, and hear about the #SRS COVID-19 response.

Foremen Training, 1960New foremen prepared for their new tasks in a two-week training session. Among the speakers who sh...
07/09/2020

Foremen Training, 1960
New foremen prepared for their new tasks in a two-week training session. Among the speakers who shared advice, J.A. Monier Jr., Assistant Plant Manager, presented a talk about becoming a supervisor. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Check out this month’s feature about the #SavannahRiverSite in the City of Aiken, South Carolina Government Aiken Report...
07/07/2020

Check out this month’s feature about the #SavannahRiverSite in the City of Aiken, South Carolina Government Aiken Report! #70YearsOfService

Wishing everyone a safe, secure and happy #IndependenceDay from the #SavannahRiverSite!
07/04/2020

Wishing everyone a safe, secure and happy #IndependenceDay from the #SavannahRiverSite!

1959The reactor’s assembly area allowed for rods to be loaded and tested for proper water flow. The high ceilings allowe...
07/02/2020

1959
The reactor’s assembly area allowed for rods to be loaded and tested for proper water flow. The high ceilings allowed for rods to be hung and stored until they were needed in the process room. #TBT #70YearsOfService

SRS has two vacancies for a Safety Engineer, GS-0803-13. Qualified applicants can apply at USAJOBS.gov or click below.
07/01/2020
Safety Engineer

SRS has two vacancies for a Safety Engineer, GS-0803-13. Qualified applicants can apply at USAJOBS.gov or click below.

This position is located with the Savannah River Operations Office, Office of Safety and Quality Assurance (OSQA), within the Technical Support Division. A successful candidate in this position will serve as a Subject Matter Expert with multiple areas of expertise in occupational saf...

321-M Weighing Room, 1959Building 321-M was added to the fuel manufacturing process in the late 1950s to support a new t...
06/25/2020

321-M Weighing Room, 1959
Building 321-M was added to the fuel manufacturing process in the late 1950s to support a new tubular fuel. Recastable scraps were weighed and reused. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Liquid Waste Contractor Savannah River Remediation recently reached another Canister Double Stack milestone with 1,000 c...
06/24/2020

Liquid Waste Contractor Savannah River Remediation recently reached another Canister Double Stack milestone with 1,000 canisters double stacked! This project creates additional onsite interim storage for the high-level waste canisters poured at the Defense Waste Processing Facility. Doubling the number of spaces to put canisters in one building avoids the cost of another storage facility until at least 2029.

A qualified operator uses the Shielded Canister Transporter (SCT), pictured, to move the canisters filled with vitrified radioactive waste, one at a time, from the plant to an adjacent Glass Waste Storage Building (GWSB). The SCT is also used to double stack the canisters in their underground storage slots.

Shift technical engineers with the #SavannahRiverSite liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation play a key role...
06/23/2020

Shift technical engineers with the #SavannahRiverSite liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation play a key role in daily operations at liquid waste facilities. As the engineering point of contact on each shift, they work at the Defense Waste Processing Facility and Tank Farm facilities, helping ensure safe operations, making critical decisions in the field, and resolving emergent plant issues. This group is among the many growing to support the increased pace of liquid waste operations at #SRS.

Read more here: https://www.energy.gov/em/articles/shift-technical-engineer-program-growing-meet-srs-mission-needs

1956After the reactor rods were irradiated and spent time in cooling basins, the end of the reactor production process w...
06/18/2020

1956
After the reactor rods were irradiated and spent time in cooling basins, the end of the reactor production process was to load the rail car for shipment to Savannah River’s F or H separations area for product processing. #TBT #70YearsOfService

SRS has a vacancy for a Physical Security Specialist, GS-0080-13. Qualified applicants can apply at USAJOBS.gov or click...
06/17/2020
Physical Security Specialist

SRS has a vacancy for a Physical Security Specialist, GS-0080-13. Qualified applicants can apply at USAJOBS.gov or click below.

This position is located in Aiken, South Carolina at the U.S. Department of Energy, Savannah River Operations Office in the Security Programs Division. A successful candidate in this position will serve as a Physical Security Specialist and as the program manager for protective force operations c...

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC
06/16/2020
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC

A new computer-based system created by the SC DHEC processes requests for permits quickly, often in minutes, which will have a major positive impact on work at the Savannah River Site and for #SRNS. According to DHEC officials, SRNS is the first company in the state of South Carolina to submit a request and receive a permit using the new process, known as ePermitting.

The ePermitting system replaces a decades old process requiring the submittal of completed paper forms requesting permits that were delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Read more here:https://savannahrivernuclearsolutions.com/news/releases/nr20_srns-SCDHEC_electronic_permitting.pdf

06/15/2020
SRS - Deer Hunt Information

The #SRS Mobility Impaired and Wounded Warriors Deer Hunt applications are now available! The hunt will be held on Friday, Nov. 6. Check out this website for more information on how to apply: http://www.srs.gov/general/deer_hunt/hunt.htm. The application deadline is Aug. 14.

The mission of the Savannah River Site (SRS) Deer Control Activities is to conduct a harvest intended to lower the incidence of animal-vehicle collisions on the site and reduce the feral hog damage to valuable plant communities, timber plantations, and ecological research sites.

For 30 years, the Saltstone Production Facility (SPF) at #SavannahRiverSite has been treating and disposing of decontami...
06/12/2020

For 30 years, the Saltstone Production Facility (SPF) at #SavannahRiverSite has been treating and disposing of decontaminated low-level liquid waste by stabilizing it in a solid, cement-like waste form called saltstone.

Since operations began on June 12, 1990, SPF has produced more than 31 million gallons of saltstone. The saltstone is then safely and permanently stored in Saltstone Disposal Units at #SRS. SPF is operated by Liquid Waste Contractor Savannah River Remediation.

#DOE_EM liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation has developed a new electronic application capable of reducin...
06/11/2020

#DOE_EM liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation has developed a new electronic application capable of reducing by up to 75 percent the time needed to qualify large quantities of radioactive liquid salt waste for decontamination processes at #SavannahRiverSite.

The app is designed to ensure salt batches meet specific criteria for transfer to the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) when it comes online.

Read more at https://www.energy.gov/em/articles/new-application-significantly-reduces-prep-time-waste-processing-srs

Savannah River Remediation
06/11/2020

Savannah River Remediation

What a difference one year can make! Over one year ago, federal and contractor officials attended a ceremony to break ground at the construction sites for mega-volume Saltstone Disposal Units (SDU) 8 and 9 at SRS.

Since breaking ground, construction has been underway on both SDUs, preparing the sites to begin SDU cell construction. SDU 8 site work is complete, including the installation of the lower and upper mud mats, which are separated by a liner.

Mega-volume SDUs are designed to permanently dispose of saltstone, a treated, non-hazardous material. SDUs 8 and 9 are being built in conjunction, which optimizes crews and resources.

Learn more about mega-volume SDUs here:http://www.srremediation.com/PDFs/srr_sdu_fact_sheet.pdf
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Maintenance on Monitoring Equipment, 1956Health Physics calibrates instruments used for regular monitoring in production...
06/11/2020

Maintenance on Monitoring Equipment, 1956
Health Physics calibrates instruments used for regular monitoring in production areas to supplement radiation film badge and other device recordings. #TBT #70YearsOfService

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