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June 30, 2015
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Old Town area.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Launches Cleanup and Demolition Project

BERKELEY, Calif. – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory authorized this month a small business joint venture to begin a deactivation and demolition project in an area here known as Old Town.

June 30, 2015
Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project retrieval crews safely remove the final box from Pad 1, Cell 2 located in the Transuranic Storage Area Retrieval Enclosure. On the left, the original box was degraded and could not be retrieved intact, so crews removed its contents and overpacked them in three REBOX, which are large wooden containers. On the right, each of the three REBOXs were placed into Bull Run Soft-Sided Overpacks before being exported from the enclosure.
Innovative Idaho Site Crews Find Ways to Make Waste Retrieval Safer, More Efficient

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – It’s comparable in size to an aircraft, and it was once packed with above-ground transuranic waste.

June 30, 2015
Cleanup Performance Prompts Contract Changes at Hanford’s River Corridor

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office has added an additional year to the current River Corridor Closure contract held by Washington Closure Hanford (WCH).

June 30, 2015
Training through use of virtual reality technology at Savannah River National Laboratory.
Virtual Reality for Nuclear Material Handling

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is applying a high-tech solution to complex and dangerous workforce training: virtual reality.

June 29, 2015
Once the building was down, heavy equipment operators began “top-down” shearing to safely remove the remaining structure. Demolition debris was then downsized and loaded into rail cars for shipment off site.
EM’s Paducah Site Completes Building Removals

PADUCAH, Ky. – EM recently completed demolition of the last of 32 inactive facilities to be removed as part of the cleanup scope that existed before commercial uranium enrichment operations ended at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and the plant facilities were returned to DOE.

June 10, 2015
During today's interactive Business Opportunity Forum, participants submitted many questions to Jack Surash, EM's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management, who provided answers during the event. The questions focused on general procurement policies and specific acquisitions.
EM Hosts Well-Attended, Successful Business Opportunity Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM hosted its quarterly public forum today to discuss upcoming business opportunities for contractors in the legacy nuclear cleanup program.

May 28, 2015
The Fifth Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Joint Convention took place this month at the IAEA headquarters.
EM Contributes to Joint Convention Meeting

EM officials recently participated in the Fifth Review Meeting of the Parties to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (Joint Convention) at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters.

May 28, 2015
EM and Nez Perce officials visit the Bio-Control Center on the Nez Perce Reservation. From left to right: Kristen Ellis, EM Office of Intergovernmental and Community Activities Director; Gabe Bohnee, Manager of the Nez Perce Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Program; Stacy Charboneau, EM Richland Operations Office (RL) Manager; Mark Whitney, EM Acting Assistant Secretary; Jill Conrad, RL Tribal Program Manager; Josiah Pinkham with Nez Perce Cultural Resources; and Jack Bell, Nez Perce National Resource Trustee Representative.
Head of EM Visits Northwest Tribes

EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney recently traveled to Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to visit the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Wanapum Band, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and Nez Perce Tribe.

May 28, 2015
Transuranic waste sorting activities at the Idaho Cleanup Project.
EM Contractor’s Success in Addressing Challenging Waste Leads to More Cleanup Work

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The EM program’s Idaho Site cleanup contractor CH2M-WG Idaho’s (CWI) success last year in treating and packaging 6,000 drums of radioactive and hazardous waste left over from the Cold War weapons program has spawned additional cleanup work for the company.

May 28, 2015
EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, right, with Santa Clara Gov. J. Michael Chavarria at the Puye Cliffs.
EM Officials Visit Four New Mexico Pueblos, Meet with Tribal Leadership

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM officials recently traveled to four pueblos in New Mexico to visit with Tribal leaders, demonstrating DOE’s commitment to maintaining its government-to-government relations with the Tribes.