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June 30, 2014
Washington Closure Hanford, the contractor managing the River Corridor Closure Project for the Richland Operations Office, leveraged subcontractor expertise and equipment to remove a 1,082-ton nuclear test reactor and dispose of it in an approved landfill. The reactor was the largest of Hanford’s experimental reactors used for developing and testing alternative fuels for the commercial nuclear power industry in the 1960s.
Hanford Site Small Businesses Secure $8.9 Billion in Subcontracts

RICHLAND, Wash. – Contractors continue to exceed their small business goals by hiring subcontractors at the Hanford site.

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
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.

May 29, 2014
This petroglyph is among the many prehistoric artifacts at the NNSS.
Cultural Artifacts Cross Eras at the NNSS

It is well known that the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) is home to many artifacts from the Cold War. But few people may be aware of the older important cultural resources that exist throughout the site.

May 29, 2014
A crane lowers the carbon treatment system into place during construction.
In-Ground Heating Removes Groundwater Contamination at EM’s Paducah Site

Belowground heating technology is helping to clean up the leading source of groundwater contamination at EM’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.

May 29, 2014
Sky Energy of Ohio University claimed first place in the competition for its clean and renewable energy pitch to construct a solar and wind facility at the Portsmouth site. From left, David Felty, Mishion Payne, Bobby Pfeiffer, and Zach Ousley.
Competition Challenges Student-Entrepreneurs

Students and aspiring entrepreneurs from Ohio University in Chillicothe and Shawnee State University in Portsmouth recently went head-to-head in a Regional Business “Pitch” Competition sponsored by DOE.

May 29, 2014
Army Capt. Mark Spurlock is photographed while stationed in Afghanistan.
Army Veteran Gains Experience at EM Site

Army Capt. Mark Spurlock supports the EM program at the Savannah River Site as part of Operation Warfighter, an internship program for returning warfighters.

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.