URS’ reports accomplishments in liquid waste work

  • Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 7:13 p.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, April 18, 2014 10:15 p.m.

URS’ Global Management and Operations Services – or GMOS – released its 2013 annual review, highlighting its hand in liquid waste operations at the Savannah River Site.

The company leads Savannah River Remediation, the site’s liquid waste contractor. Together, the two companies worked to achieve more than 3 million safe work hours while grouting and operationally closing two more Cold War-era waste tanks.

“Closing waste Tanks 5 and 6 comes a year after SRR closed Tanks 18 and 19, the first radioactive waste tanks closed at SRS since the first two tanks in the nation were closed by URS heritage company Westinghouse Savannah River Company in 1997,” officials wrote in the report.

In addition to tank cleanup, URS also assists in salt waste treatment and helped treat a record 1.32 million gallons of the material last year.

The work removes nearly all of the radioactive isotopes in the salt waste before taking the material to a saltstone facility and the Defense Waste Processing Facility.

Keith Wood from URS public affairs added, “The projects that we manage are critical to our customers, regulators, stakeholders and the public. We take pride in our exemplary safety record while continuing to successfully reduce risk, accelerate cleanup and provide visionary leadership.”

URS Corporation is a provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world.

Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard.

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