Site waste management

Argonne recognized by Energy Secretary Chu for greenhouse gas reductionsMay 30, 2012

Argonne National Laboratory is leading the way in greenhouse gas reductions, particularly with the recapture and recycling of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). SF6 is a gas used in industry as an anti-arcing agent. It is an extremely potent greenhouse gas — one pound of SF6 is equivalent to 12 tons of carbon dioxide.

Crucial building reclassified after extensive waste removal January 2, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has reached a significant milestone in reducing its nuclear footprint now that it has reclassified a key building based on the reduced amount of radiological material it holds.

In December 2008, when the laboratory kicked off the plans to remove legacy nuclear material, Building 205's K-Wing was considered a “Nuclear Hazard Category 2” facility, meaning that it contained a significant amount of nuclear material.

Argonne makes great strides in reducing legacy nuclear wasteAugust 10, 2010

Argonne National Laboratory took a significant step in reducing its legacy waste earlier this week by ridding itself of a 22,000-pound device once associated with a historic reactor.

First ARRA-funded transuranic waste shipment leaves Argonne for disposal facility in New MexicoNovember 16, 2009

Argonne National Laboratory has been removing transuranic waste from its site for three years, but the Oct. 15 shipment of radioactive material to a disposal facility near Carlsbad, New Mexico marked the first time the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act picked up the tab.

Federal Recovery Act funding used to clean up past, hire new Argonne employeesSeptember 8, 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has enabled Argonne National Laboratory to initially hire 30 new employees to assist in the safe removal of transuranic radioactive waste materials from several scientific research facilities.

DOE awards Argonne $99 million to clean up past, pave way for future research, construction activitiesApril 3, 2009

Argonne National Laboratory will receive $99 million in additional funding as part of President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds will be used to clean up several of Argonne's former nuclear research facilities and pave the way for future construction and research activities at the lab.