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October 21, 2014
EM Paducah site lead Jennifer Woodard accepts the symbolic key to the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, commemorating the return of the leased facilities from Centrus Energy Corp. to EM in a ceremony at the plant this morning. Also pictured are, back row, left to right, Fluor Federal Services Paducah Deactivation Project Operations Director Bob Nichols; EM Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Deputy Manager Robert Edwards; Centrus Energy Paducah Government Services Director Mark Keef; Centrus Acting General Manager/Paducah Plant Manager Mike Bukner; and Centrus American Centrifuge Vice President Steve Penrod.
Deactivation Project Begins at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

PADUCAH, Ky. – At 7:01 this morning, EM officially received the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant from the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), a subsidiary of Centrus Energy Corp. In a brief ceremony, EM site lead Jennifer Woodard received a symbolic key to the plant from Centrus Vice President Steve Penrod.

October 16, 2014
CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, and EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney discuss points of interest on a map of the WIPP underground.
Head of EM Visits Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

CARLBAD, N.M. – EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney today visited the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M., where he became the first non-WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

October 9, 2014
Workers begin demolishing the K-31 Building.
EM Begins Demolishing K-31 Gaseous Diffusion Building

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM's demolition of the K-31 Building at Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) began Wednesday, marking the removal of the fourth of five gaseous diffusion buildings at the former uranium enrichment site.

October 2, 2014
More Than 14 Million Environmental Sampling Records from National Laboratory Are Now Available Online

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Regulators, stakeholders, scientists and the greater public will have access to remediation and other environmental data records associated with EM’s legacy nuclear cleanup program in near real time on a new website portal.

September 30, 2014
Field technicians survey a shaker used in past cleanup operations.
EM Tackles Cleanup at Tonopah Test Range

NEVADA – Environmental cleanup experts spent the last weeks of summer on the Tonopah Test Range addressing contaminated equipment and debris at two historical nuclear testing locations.

September 30, 2014
From left to right, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fuel Cycle Technologies John Herczeg, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto, and UK National Nuclear Laboratory Managing Director Paul Howarth sign a Statement of Intent amendment at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.
UK Nuclear Cleanup and Research Experts Visit DOE to Expand Collaboration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Kingdom’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) met with senior members of EM and DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) recently to amend a landmark Statement of Intent to include the NNL in collaborations on radioactive waste and nuclear materials cleanup and management.

September 30, 2014
Discussions on safety issues are incorporated into simulated work at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Plant, including when workers learn procedures in mockup situations, such as a practice session on solidifying used hydraulic oil, pictured here.
AMWTP Receives Award of Excellence for Safety

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the Idaho site was recently presented with the Department’s Voluntary Protection Program’s (VPP) Star of Excellence award.

September 30, 2014
EM SSAB Chairs, Vice Chairs, and staff attend the September 2014 Chairs' meeting in Idaho Falls.
EM Citizens Advisory Board Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Meets in Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB) held its Chairs Meeting here, and it coincided with the board’s 20-year anniversary.

September 30, 2014
Shown here is H-Canyon, where workers recently dissolved the last spent nuclear fuel that was a potential safety hazard.
EM Eliminates Potential Safety Hazard at SRS

AIKEN, S.C. – Workers in the EM program recently dissolved the last spent nuclear fuel that represented a health and safety concern at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

September 30, 2014
EM and contractor staff of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site prepare shipments of food to local pantries as part of the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office’s 2014 Feds Feed Families effort.
Portsmouth/Paducah Employees, Contractors Donate 17,500 Pounds of Food

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Employees and contractors of EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) donated more than 17,541 pounds of food to families in need in their local communities as part of the federal government’s 2014 Feds Feed Families campaign.