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July 29, 2014
A container holding plutonium-bearing materials is placed inside an outer container. A number of these containers at SRS go through examinations each year to look for signs of degradation.
SRS Completes Annual Examinations to Verify Safe Storage of Nuclear Materials

AIKEN, S.C. – The EM program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) recently completed an annual process in K Area that validates the site’s ongoing commitment to maintaining the safety and security of nuclear materials stored there.

July 29, 2014
Workers “seal out” a pencil tank that had been cut into smaller segments and prepare it for shipment.
Hanford Site Workers Meet Challenging Performance Goal at Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – Safely and methodically, piece by piece, workers at the Hanford site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant are surpassing goals for removing hazardous tanks once used in the plutonium production process.

July 29, 2014
Pictured from left to right in front of the Paducah site’s American Flag display are Mark Duff (LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky, LLC), Christa Dailey (Pro2Serve), Jennifer Woodard (EM Site Lead), and Kelly Layne (LATA KY).
EM Employees Draw Attention to Food Drive with Red, White and Blue Display

LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM and its contractors at the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) in Lexington and Paducah, Ky. and Portsmouth, Ohio put a patriotic touch on their local efforts as part of the national Feds Feed Families campaign, which runs through Aug. 27. Employees at the three offices fashioned donated items for the food drive into American flag displays in honor of Independence Day.

July 3, 2014
The site of the former 183-B Clearwell, an old water treatment facility for the historic B Reactor.
Workers Demolish Reactor Support Facility as Part of River Corridor Contract

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and cleanup contractor Washington Closure Hanford recently completed the cleanout and demolition of the last reactor support facility as part of the River Corridor Closure Contract.

June 30, 2014
Soil and Groundwater Remediation Project Pipefitter John Reynolds explains some of the modifications he helped make at the 200 West Pump and Treat System that increased its water treatment capability.
Employee-Driven Initiative Increases Treatment Capacity, Reduces Clean Water Demands

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers with CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL), a cleanup contractor supporting EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL), continue to enhance and expand capabilities of a facility that treats legacy contamination at the Hanford site.

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
A hole near Hanford's D Reactor now 85 feet deep is shown when it was about 70 feet deep.
Workers Successfully Excavate Mother Lode of Chromium Contamination at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) have removed what is believed to be the primary source of chromium contamination to the Columbia River near Hanford’s D Reactor after workers excavated 2.2 million tons of material from waste sites.

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
Trainer Randall Rickman, left to right, observes Larry Berg from EM’s Safety, Security and Quality Programs office and Tony Pierpoint from DOE’s Office of Independent Enterprise Assessments practice chemical sampling during Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response initial training in Germantown, Md.
Headquarters Training Supports EM Field Sites

GERMANTOWN, Md. – EM’s Office of Safety, Security and Quality Programs sponsored training for headquarters staff for nine days this month to help them better support the Cold War program’s cleanup sites around the complex.

June 30, 2014
SRR Radiological Protection Inspector Tony Spence, who graduated from ATC, performs radiation monitoring duties.
Savannah River Remediation, College Create Job Opportunities for Graduates

AIKEN, S.C. – Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the liquid waste contractor for the EM program at the Savannah River Site (SRS), requires workers with unique skills to protect employees from radiation as the company works safely toward completing its mission.