SRS announces biomass plan

The construction of one of the largest biomass facilities in the country has been approved for Savannah River Site and will begin in about three months, a news release stated today.

The U.S. Department of Energy is tasking Ameresco Federal Solutions, Inc., of Knoxville, Tenn., with the $795 million project, which will replace a deteriorating, inefficient coal powerhouse and oil-fire boilers at an estimated savings of $34 million a year in energy and operation and maintenance costs, according to the release. The project also is designed to reduce air emissions – including about 100,000 tons per year of greenhouse gases.

The effort will create 200 to 250 construction jobs and employ about 20 people to operate the facility, with payments to a contractor not starting until energy savings are realized, the release states. The facility is expected to be in operation by December 2011.

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Savannah River Site resumes normal activity

A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday afternoon at the Savannah River National Laboratory which prompted emergency responseactivities.

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