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April 10, 2014
This graphic shows the benefit of applying a thin film as a polymer coating to waste containment bags used for radioactive waste shipments.
EM Lab Addresses Waste Challenge, Improves Worker Safety

AIKEN, S.C. – EM is funding research at the Savannah River National Laboratory to develop a material to safely contain the radioactive waste generated by a planned multi-year decontamination project at the Savannah River Site (SRS) while the waste is being shipped for disposal.

April 8, 2014
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, fourth from left, and Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman, third from right, present the Secretary's Achievement Award to members of the Savannah River Site F-Tank Farm Closure Team. Team members pictured, left to right, are James Rush, William Levitan, Kathleen Martin, Linda Suttora, James Herbert, Kim Hauer, and Daniel Wood.
Secretary’s Honor Awards Recognize EM’s Tank Cleanup, Closure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Energy Department honored EM for achievements in its work to close high-level radioactive waste tanks as part of the annual Secretarial Honor Awards Ceremony Monday.

March 31, 2014
Department of Energy Releases Proposal to Amend the Hanford Consent Decree

For more than 40 years, facilities at the Hanford Site in the State of Washington supplied America’s defense program with plutonium, which was critical to the nation’s defense during World War II and throughout the Cold War. This effort resulted in the production of 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical wastes, which are currently stored in 177 underground tanks. The Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) is a massive and complex first-of-a-kind plant that, when constructed, will be the cornerstone to completing the cleanup of this tank waste at Hanford.

March 31, 2014
Chuck Oldham, IT infrastructure manager at URS | CH2M Oak Ridge
EM Shines with Five DOE Sustainability Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM was selected for five DOE 2013 Sustainability Awards that recognize individual and group efforts at the Oak Ridge, Savannah River and Portsmouth sites.

March 31, 2014
Cameron Salony, who will begin one-year Fellowship in Japan this summer, stands near Hanford’s D and DR Reactors.
EM Employee to Gain Expertise in Japan Through Unique One-Year Fellowship

RICHLAND, Wash. – An EM employee has been selected for a unique program established by Congress two decades ago to build a corps of federal employees with substantial Japan expertise.

March 31, 2014
Empty containers on haul trucks are loaded with mill tailings.
Moab Project Logs 2 Million Work Hours Without Lost-Time Injury or Illness

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The number 1,584 may not mean much to most people, but for the workers on EM’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project, it represents the number of days without a work-related, lost-time injury or illness, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

March 31, 2014
Members of Lone Oak Middle School’s winning team at DOE’s 2014 West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl, left to right, David Perriello, Drew Schofield, Ethan Brown, and David Dodd, formulate their answer to a question in the middle school finals Feb. 28 in Paducah, Ky.
Schools Near EM Sites in Kentucky, Ohio Advance to DOE's National Science Bowl

Members of Lone Oak Middle School’s winning team at DOE’s 2014 West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl, left to right, David Perriello, Drew Schofield, Ethan Brown, and David Dodd, formulate their answer to a question in the middle school finals Feb. 28 in Paducah, Ky. Lone Oak, which is in Paducah, went on to finish 1-2 among the 16 teams from 11 middle schools and advance to DOE’s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 24-28. Calloway County High School in Murray won the high school competition Feb. 21 and also advances to the national competition in its division.

March 31, 2014
Two adult bald eagles sit atop a tree on the Hanford site near the Columbia River. Hanford biologists recently counted 60 eagles on the site, the most ever at Hanford at one time.
EM Sites Honored for Bird Protection Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal council recently recognized two EM sites for efforts to protect migratory birds.

March 31, 2014
AHA Recognizes Fit-Friendly Worksites at SRS

AIKEN, S.C. – Two contractors supporting the EM program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) were recognized recently as Fit-Friendly Worksites by the American Heart Association (AHA).

March 31, 2014
DOE Fellows gather with EM Lead Foreign Affairs Specialist Ana Han, front row, left to right, EM Acting Assistant Secretary David Huizenga, and Florida International University Applied Research Director Dr. Leonel E. Lagos at the Waste Management 2014 Conference.
DOE Fellows Join Waste Management Conference

PHOENIX – Florida International University (FIU) staff members and students who work with EM on research efforts took part in the Waste Management 2014 Conference on the safe management and disposition of radioactive materials and waste in Phoenix earlier this month.