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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.

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Thickness Testing, 1957Testing was conducted using ultrasonic waves to measure the thickness of walls and vessels. The s...
09/24/2020

Thickness Testing, 1957
Testing was conducted using ultrasonic waves to measure the thickness of walls and vessels. The sound waves bouncing back could help to determine if the thickness had changed and if erosion or corrosion had occurred. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Savannah River Remediation recently completed significant upgrades to accelerate treatment and dispositioning of deconta...
09/22/2020

Savannah River Remediation recently completed significant upgrades to accelerate treatment and dispositioning of decontaminated salt waste. The Saltstone Production Facility project, known as Enhanced Low Activity Waste Disposal, was timed to coincide with bringing the Salt Waste Processing Facility online to treat the majority of radioactive liquid waste at the Savannah River Site. Read more at https://www.energy.gov/em/articles/srs-improves-liquid-waste-facilities-swpf-prepares-startup

Newly elected 1957 officers of the Savannah River Section Instrument Society of America. All worked in the Savannah Rive...
09/17/2020

Newly elected 1957 officers of the Savannah River Section Instrument Society of America. All worked in the Savannah River Instrument Department. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Congratulations to Snap SRS People's Choice winner for the Nuclear Knowledge category, Sean Poppy for his piece "U.S. Go...
09/17/2020

Congratulations to Snap SRS People's Choice winner for the Nuclear Knowledge category, Sean Poppy for his piece "U.S. Government Property." Students who participate in Savannah River Ecology Laboratory’s “Ecologist for a Day” program see this sign. It, along with a chimney nearby, are reminders to discuss the history of SRS and the hardships of the families that formerly occupied the land. 2019 and 2020 Snap SRS art will be on display at Aiken Center for The Arts from Sept.9-Oct. 23.

SRS is working with the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO) to dismantle six unneeded buildings fo...
09/16/2020

SRS is working with the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO) to dismantle six unneeded buildings for resale. Proceeds will help SRSCRO support economic and workforce development activities throughout the region. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC is avoiding costs associated with the decommissioning and demolition of each structure, saving nearly $2 million dollars. From a reuse perspective, businesses can purchase and re-assemble these buildings for a fraction of what a new building would cost and use that savings to purchase machinery, tools and hire employees. Read this #EMUpdate for more: https://www.energy.gov/em/articles/srs-donates-structures-regional-economic-workforce-development

Congratulations to Snap SRS People's Choice winner for the Local Scenery category, Jeff Coughlin for his piece "Morning ...
09/16/2020

Congratulations to Snap SRS People's Choice winner for the Local Scenery category, Jeff Coughlin for his piece "Morning Walk into the Swamp." This photo was taken during a camping trip to Santee Coastal Reserve. 2019 and 2020 Snap SRS art will be on display at Aiken Center for The Arts from Sept.9-Oct. 23.

Congratulations to Snap SRS People's Choice winner for the Science as Art category, Rebecca Lynn for her piece called "C...
09/15/2020

Congratulations to Snap SRS People's Choice winner for the Science as Art category, Rebecca Lynn for her piece called "Celestial Night." This is the result of a series of multiple long-exposure images taken over a span of three hours on a clear night that were later combined into one image. Star trails allow us to visually see the Earth's rotation. 2019 and 2020 Snap SRS art will be on display at Aiken Center for The Arts from Sept.9-Oct. 23.

SRS analyzes about 80,000 industrial air monitoring filters each year for radiological contamination within #SavannahRiv...
09/14/2020

SRS analyzes about 80,000 industrial air monitoring filters each year for radiological contamination within #SavannahRiverSite nuclear facilities. The process provides valuable data that can be used to monitor the ongoing health and safety of SRS workers. An Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC employee, Andy Warren, working with Michael Ratliff, recently used a 3D printer to create a plastic fixture that allows for the rapid and accurate changeout of contaminated air filters on radiological counting equipment. The fixture ensures reproducibility of data that will further improve safety while reducing the time allocated for initial setup. Each unit costs only $5 to print. Read more here: https://www.energy.gov/em/articles/3d-printing-improves-radiological-safety-srs-low-cost

Congratulations to Snap SRS People's Choice winner for the #SRS Scenery category, Michael Shaffer. This photo is of the ...
09/14/2020

Congratulations to Snap SRS People's Choice winner for the #SRS Scenery category, Michael Shaffer. This photo is of the 2F Evaporator and was taken at the F Tank Farm. 2019 and 2020 Snap SRS art will be on display at Aiken Center for The Arts from Sept.9-Oct. 23.

1957Failed pump seals cause safety concerns and interrupt work production. Using various instruments, these engineers te...
09/10/2020

1957
Failed pump seals cause safety concerns and interrupt work production. Using various instruments, these engineers test and probe problematic seals in hopes of preventing future issues. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Earlier this summer, #SRS held its sitewide art contest, Snap SRS. Aiken Center for The Arts is hosting a special Snap S...
09/09/2020

Earlier this summer, #SRS held its sitewide art contest, Snap SRS. Aiken Center for The Arts is hosting a special Snap SRS exhibit to display both the 33 finalists from 2019 and the 39 finalists from 2020. The art exhibit is open to the public and will run Sept. 9-Oct. 23. Stay tuned next week as we reveal the People's Choice winners!

Check out this month’s feature about the #SavannahRiverSite in the City of Aiken, South Carolina Report! #70YearsOfServi...
09/08/2020

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

09/04/2020
Saluting SRS: 70 Years of Service to the Nation

We hope you enjoy the final installment of our “Saluting SRS: 70 Years of Service to the Nation” video series! Stay tuned for more #70YearsOfService content! #SavannahRiverSite

Quality Improvement Meetings, July 1957Engineering Assistance held meetings with operations workers to study and improve...
09/03/2020

Quality Improvement Meetings, July 1957
Engineering Assistance held meetings with operations workers to study and improve quality of production. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Did you know? The location of the Savannah River Site (#SRS), originally called the Savannah River Plant, was chosen par...
08/31/2020

Did you know? The location of the Savannah River Site (#SRS), originally called the Savannah River Plant, was chosen partly because of South Carolina’s climate (ideal for quick construction), proximity to the Savannah River, and surrounding supportive communities. The site is 310 square miles – which is about 1% of SC’s land mass –and covers parts of Aiken, Barnwell, and Allendale counties #NationalSouthCarolinaDay #PalmettoState

Safety InspectorsL Area Production operators gather for a security meeting. In 1955 three Security Inspectors were taske...
08/27/2020

Safety Inspectors
L Area Production operators gather for a security meeting. In 1955 three Security Inspectors were tasked with ensuring security awareness and adherence to regulations across the Savannah River Plant. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Savannah River Remediation
08/25/2020

Savannah River Remediation

We are seeking qualified electrical and instrumentation (E&I) and maintenance mechanics! SRR mechanics will perform various maintenance work to support the Savannah River Site Liquid Waste Mission at facilities such as the Defense Waste Processing Facility and Tank Farms. Come work for a team that’s making a difference in the community and the country! Apply for the jobs through the SRR Job Link on http://www.srremediation.com – search “Mechanic”

08/21/2020
Legacy of Making the World Safer

We hope you enjoy this week’s installment of the “Saluting SRS: 70 Years of Service to the Nation” video series! This week’s video is about the #SRS Legacy of Making the World Safer. Make sure you tune in Friday, Aug. 28, for the next video!

Members of the SRS-based U.S. Department of Energy / National Nuclear Security Administration Radiological Assistance Pr...
08/20/2020

Members of the SRS-based U.S. Department of Energy / National Nuclear Security Administration Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) Region 3 traveled to Kennedy Space Center to support NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Mars 2020 launch. Learn more about the RAP and its work here:https://savannahrivernuclearsolutions.com/news/releases/nr20_srs-rap-mars-support.pdf

D Area Field Laboratory, July 1958The Savannah River Lab used field laboratories to work efficiently. In the heavy water...
08/20/2020

D Area Field Laboratory, July 1958
The Savannah River Lab used field laboratories to work efficiently. In the heavy water area, the D Area field lab allowed technicians to study mass spectrographic analysis of heavy water. #TBT #70YearsOfService

July 1957Leak detectors were used in several areas of Savannah River Plant production. Sensitive gas leak detectors used...
08/13/2020

July 1957
Leak detectors were used in several areas of Savannah River Plant production. Sensitive gas leak detectors used electronic principles to “sniff” leaks as small as a half a thimbleful per year. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Did you know that L Reactor went critical on this day in 1954? It was part of President Truman’s request to Dupont for t...
08/11/2020

Did you know that L Reactor went critical on this day in 1954? It was part of President Truman’s request to Dupont for their expertise in building a new atomic project in response to the Cold War, which led to the creation of the Savannah River Plant. The reactor shut down in 1968, restarted in 1985 and shut down for good in 1988. The L Reactor facility was later converted to serve as the Site’s spent nuclear fuel underwater storage basin, which receives and processes spent nuclear fuel casks from domestic and foreign research reactors.

SRS has a vacancy for a Nuclear Engineer, GS-0840-07-09 (Promotion Potential to GS-12). Click the USA Jobs announcement ...
08/11/2020
Nuclear Engineer

SRS has a vacancy for a Nuclear Engineer, GS-0840-07-09 (Promotion Potential to GS-12). Click the USA Jobs announcement below for more information.

A successful candidate in this position will Review and evaluate safety basis and engineering reports and documentation (i.e., safety analysis reports, process hazard analysis reports, engineering calculations, startup test plans, test results, and special procedures).

08/07/2020
Legacy of Giving and Prosperity

We hope you enjoy this week’s installment of the “Saluting SRS: 70 Years of Service to the Nation” video series! This week’s video is about the Legacy of Giving and Prosperity at #SRS. Make sure you tune in Friday, Aug. 14, for the next video! #70YearsOfService

Ecology at Savannah River, 1954A baseline survey of Savannah River’s biological diversity was conducted by The Academy o...
08/06/2020

Ecology at Savannah River, 1954
A baseline survey of Savannah River’s biological diversity was conducted by The Academy of Natural Sciences before reactor operation began. Additional ecological studies were occurring at the time, including an inventory by the University of Georgia who would stay on to continue research and eventually manage the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. #TBT #70YearsOfService

Check out this month’s feature about the #SavannahRiverSite in the City of Aiken, South Carolina Aiken Report! #70YearsO...
08/05/2020

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

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