Recovery Blog

Photo of the Week – Paving Project

Posted in Photo of the Week by Recovery.gov on April 2, 2012

Photo Contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr Group by Virginia DOT

 

Asphalt paving on the Fort Eustis Boulevard widening project.  An ARRA funded project. (Photo by D. Allen Covey, VDOT)

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Photo of the Week – Boston Dorchester Avenue Project

Posted in Photo of the Week by Recovery.gov on March 20, 2012

Photo contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr Group by MassDOT

The Boston Dorchester Avenue $15.6 million project funded by federal stimulus ARRA funds will improve safety and mobility at four major intersections- Andrews Square, Glover’s Corner, Fields Corner and Peabody Square.

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Photo of the Week – Cleanup of SRS K Cooling Tower

Posted in Photo of the Week by Recovery.gov on March 7, 2012
Rubble of K Cooling Tower

Photo contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr group by Savannah River Site

SRS Recovery Act Update: SRS Recovery Act workers use heavy equipment to remove the rubble of K Cooling Tower while sorting more than 800 tons of reinforced steel for recycling.

One of the most visual milestones of cleanup projects underway within the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management was the demolition of the K-Reactor Cooling Tower at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

Now, this American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project has been completed one month ahead of schedule, with debris from the implosion safely hauled away and deposited in an on-site landfill. With project completion, a great safety achievement was realized.

To complete the project, more than 800 tons of reinforced steel from the structure were sent to a local scrap metal recycler. This recycling effort also helped to stimulate the local economy beyond the SRS Recovery Act Project.

To see more photos of Recovery projects or add your own photos, visit the Recovery.gov Flickr Group.

Photo of the Week: Building Community Capacity through Broadband

Posted in Broadband, Photo of the Week by Recovery.gov on February 15, 2012

Photo Contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr Group by WIbroadband

Building Community Capacity through Broadband (BCCB) outreach educator Terri Harings works with a student in Superior, Wisconsin. BCCB is an ARRA-funded Wisconsin broadband project.

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Photo of the Week: High Spectral Resolution Lidar

Posted in Photo of the Week, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on December 21, 2011
High Spectral Resolution Lidar

Photo contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr Group by ARM Climate Research Facility

The laser from the high spectral resolution lidar (right) lights up the sky. The HSRL provides calibrated measurements of aerosol optical depth, backscatter, cross section, and depolarization. It was purchased through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The micropulse lidar can also be seen on the left.

Picture courtesy of Jon Gero.

Photo of the Week – Road Work in Morro Bay, California

Posted in Photo of the Week by Recovery.gov on November 14, 2011
Road Work in Morro Bay

Photo contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr group by MBCivil

A shortage of thermoplastic striping led to the choice to use “Bots Dots” as an alternative to striping on this ARRA-funded project on North Main Street in Morro Bay.

Photo of the Week – SRS P Reactor Sealing

Posted in Photo of the Week by Recovery.gov on October 12, 2011
SRS P Reactor Sealing

Photo Contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr Group by Savannah River Site

Marc Sharpe, who was a senior reactor operator at P Reactor in the mid-1980s, carries a time capsule containing items that reveal Site and national current events into P Reactor. Dr. David Moody, U.S. Department of Energy-Savannah River Operation Office Manager, is walking behind him.

With investments from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Energy and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, (SRNS) sealed the access to the historic P and R Reactors as part of footprint reduction and legacy cleanup at the Savannah River Site.

At P Reactor today, Dr. David Moody, DOE’s Savannah River Operations Office Manager and Marc Sharpe, a reactor operator at P Reactor in the 1980s, were the last people to exit the P Reactor before its final opening was welded shut.

“The Recovery Act enabled us to accomplish a remarkable feat,” Dr. Moody said. “In just two years we successfully and safely delivered a fitting end to these relics that led our nation to a Cold War victory. For that we are proud.”

“P and R Reactors have been instrumental to SRS’s history for nearly 60 years. The Recovery Act provided the means to showcase proven and emerging technologies and to use the talents of our dedicated workforce,” said Garry Flowers, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions president and chief executive officer. “Sealing access to P and R Reactors is perhaps the most visible milestone reached as work continues to complete closure of the P and R Area Operable Units, rendering the availability of both areas for future new missions.”

Inside the P Reactor’s opening, Dr. Moody and Mr. Sharpe placed a time capsule, about the size of a 5-gallon paint bucket, containing items that depict both the history of SRS, as well as items that show current events in the region and the nation.

In addition to the Record of Decision (ROD) issued by DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency (Region IV), and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control which initiated the reactor decommissioning project, other materials included a copy of People Magazine on the Royal Wedding and other news items.

During his 30-year career at SRS, Marc Sharpe, was a reactor operator at P Reactor. He sat in the “pot,” a term reactor operators used to describe the control room. In the late 80s, Mr. Sharpe helped with its shut down. And this morning, he walked away from the reactor he helped deactivate and decommission.

Recovery Act funds were used to deactivate and perform in situ, or in place, decommissioning of these two reactors. The underground areas and vessels of both reactors were grouted in place to 0-foot elevation with an estimated 260,000 cubic yards of concrete grout. The two structures are expected to stay in their present state for 1,400 years.

Notable projects that contributed to the closure of the P & R areas include: deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) of P and R Reactors; soil and groundwater remediation, building and operation of the Batch Plant Facility to produce the special concrete used in reactor grouting; and the remediation of P and R Area Ash basins, which received coal-fired power plant ash and waste during the operation of the reactors.

P Reactor boasted a record of never having a lost-time injury from the time it reached criticality in 1954 until it was shut down in 1988. R Reactor was the first fully functioning reactor at the Site. It became operational in 1953 and was shut down in 1964 when it was no longer needed for the nation’s defense.

To see more photos of Recovery projects or add your own photos, visit the Recovery.gov Flickr Group.

Photo of the Week – New Child Development Center

Posted in Photo of the Week by Recovery.gov on September 28, 2011

Photo Contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr Group by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District

To honor the Month of the Military Child, the U.S. Army broke ground for a new $9.6 million child development center (CDC) April 16, 2010 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. The 26,000 square-foot CDC facility, using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA funding, is designed to accommodate 232 children, ages six weeks to five-years-old.

To see more photos of Recovery projects or add your own photos, visit the Recovery.gov Flickr Group.

Photo of the Week – Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation

Posted in Photo of the Week by Recovery.gov on September 14, 2011
Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Photo contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr group by Flickr user GreenLoudoun

A portion of Loudoun County’s EECBG funds from ARRA were used to install 5 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at the new Harmony Park & Ride lot in Hamilton, VA.

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Photo of the Week – San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

Posted in Photo of the Week by Recovery.gov on August 31, 2011
San Luis Wildlife Refuge, Los Banos, CA

Photo Contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr Group by PremierSIPs

Funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the new environmentally friendly San Luis Wildlife Center will receive a new administrative headquarters and visitor center.

This will be on among the greenest and largest Fish & Wildlife service projects funded by ARRA and will seek LEED Platinum.

Architect: Catalyst Architecture
GC: West Coast Builders

To see more photos of Recovery projects or add your own photos, visit the Recovery.gov Flickr Group.

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