The SRS Community Reuse Organization and Savannah River Site management team have jointly received a prestigious Department of Energy recognition.
The two received the 2016 Energy Sustainability Award for spearheading projects that have saved taxpayer money while promoting efficiency and “smart use” of department resources, according to the Energy Department. SRS and the nonprofit made available thousands of pieces of equipment that were no longer needed and other excess government-owned items for use to local governments, nonprofits and private businesses.
“To give you an idea of the range of items that have been donated and put to good use over the years, we’re talking about piping, a waste debris pelletizer, electronics, furniture, copper wire, motor generators, air conditioners and even an air boat and locomotive engine,” said Parodio Maith, the community assistance manager for the Energy Department’s Savannah River operations office, in a news release. “If items are not needed somewhere within the DOE complex or at another U.S. government agency, these excess items are made available to the SRSCRO.”
Items not selected are sold for profit that could be used to promote local business development and the Energy Department’s mission. In 2014, the reuse organization disbursed about $1 million for infrastructure improvement projects in its region.
In 2015, the Energy Department and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions initiated an agreement with the nonprofit on new projects to remove difficult to manage excess and surplus items.
Through the program, the nonprofit disassembled 12 large transformers and four oil-filled circuit breakers from a now-closed power plant at SRS, recovering 678,000 pounds of copper and other metals and 56,921 gallons of transformer oil. It also is removing 38 excess office trailers and 653 excess refrigerant units including ice-makers, heating and ventilating components, refrigerators and water coolers, and fire retardant.
The SRS Community Reuse Organization is a nonprofit that supports job creation in five area counties.