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June 30, 2014
EM Acting Assistant Secretary David Huizenga signs the notice of intent in late May.
DOE Signs Notice to Prepare Environmental Assessment on Proposed Project with Germany

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Energy Department recently signed a notice of intent to prepare an environmental assessment to analyze the potential environmental impacts from a proposed project to accept used nuclear fuel from the Federal Republic of Germany at DOE’s Savannah River Site (SRS) for processing and disposition.

June 30, 2014
SRNL Investigator Dr. James Marra
EM Laboratory Researcher James Marra Recognized for Leadership

AIKEN, S.C. – Dr. James Marra, an investigator with EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), was named the 2014 recipient of the D.T. Rankin Award for exemplary service to the Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS).

June 30, 2014
Wade Sumner, Dax's last handler at SRS, says goodbye to Dax as the dog rejoins his former handler, federal Special Agent Patrick Price.
Dog Earns Retirement with Former Handler

AIKEN, S.C. – Dax, a male German shepherd in the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) security canine unit, recently earned retirement by joining the family of one of his former trainers.

June 26, 2014
A panoramic view of the east end of the C-410 complex shows a rainbow forming as sunlight passes through vapor from misting machines used to suppress dust.
Workers Demolishing Significant Inactive Facility at Paducah Site

PADUCAH, Ky. – Heavy equipment operators are demolishing the last of 32 inactive facilities scheduled to be removed as part of the current cleanup scope at EM’s Paducah Site.

May 29, 2014
Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Project Services and Support Director Sandra Fairchild, far left, presented checks to recipients of the SRR 2014 STAR Scholarships during a recent ceremony. Recipients, second from left to right, are Nancy Brady-Wood, Kelly Edwards Elementary School, Williston, S.C.; Allison Childers, A. Brian Merry Elementary School, Augusta, Ga.; Mary Hellen Cochran, Greendale Elementary School, New Ellenton, S.C.; La’Kendra Garrett, Merriwether Elementary School, Edgefield County, S.C.; Christi McWaters, East Aiken School of the Arts, Aiken, S.C.; Debbie Murphy, Gracewood Elementary School, Augusta, Ga.; Diane Polk, Busbee Corbett Elementary School, Wagener, S.C.; Mary Simpson, North Augusta Elementary School, North Augusta, S.C.; Theresa Spieker, Mossy Creek Elementary School, North Augusta, S.C.; and Wanda Wates, W.E. Parker Elementary School, Edgefield County, S.C. Recipients not pictured include Holly Palmer, Chukker Creek Elementary School, Aiken, S.C., and Whitten Chavis, J.D. Lever Elementary School, Aiken, S.C.
EM Contractor Awards STEM Grants to Schools

Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the EM program’s liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), awarded grants to 12 area schools to recognize and support excellence in teaching.

May 29, 2014
VPP representatives Barbara Williams and Jack Griffith with contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company receive the VPP Star Status certificate for their project at EM's Richland Operations Office at the Hanford site.
DOE’s Worker-Focused Safety Program Honors Contractors Across EM Complex

Several contractors across the EM complex received honors in recent months in an important DOE safety program that turns to workers to assess, prevent, and control potential health and safety hazards.

May 29, 2014
Industrial Hygiene employees at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant streamlined and consolidated their operations, increasing safety and efficiency for employees on the project.
Worker Involvement Improves Safety at Hanford Site's Plutonium Finishing Plant

Employees at the Hanford site are working together to find new and innovative ways to stay safe at the Plutonium Finishing Plant, one of the site’s most complex decommissioning projects.

May 29, 2014
HAMMER instructor Michael Stordahl demonstrates the features available using a mondopad in a classroom.
Hanford Leads the Way for Greener Classrooms

EM’s Richland Operations Office and contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA) are leading the way to greener classrooms by developing a totally paperless class at the HAMMER Federal Training Facility at the Hanford site. MSA manages HAMMER on behalf of EM.

May 29, 2014
When September 2013 floods roared through the region, sites across Los Alamos National Laboratory, such as the Pueblo Canyon wetland, were damaged.
Willows Aid Flood Recovery in Los Alamos Desert

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Associate Directorate of Environmental Programs (ADEP) has been busy with various flood recovery activities since last fall. 

Los Alamos and much of New Mexico experienced off-the-charts rains in September 2013 causing over $3 million in damage to monitoring gages, roadways, and stormwater control structures on Laboratory property.

May 29, 2014
Jessie Welch performs laboratory work at WIPP Laboratories, which is a member of the National Analytical Management Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Response Laboratory Network.
EM-Led Radiological Incident Response Program Receives Honors

A program led by EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) that coordinates analytical capabilities throughout DOE for response to potential national radiological incidents recently received recognition for the best-in-track poster at a waste management conference earlier this year.