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July 29, 2014
Trainers help a Plutonium Finishing Plant employee dress in the protective suit.
Workers Prepare to Safely Enter One of Hanford Site’s Most Hazardous Rooms

RICHLAND, Wash. – When workers enter the hazardous, historic McCluskey Room at the Hanford site this summer, they will be safer due to their preparation and involvement in planning and training for the job.

July 29, 2014
Dan Melamed is a program analyst for EM.
Professional Association Honors EM Employee with Technical Excellence Award

An association with expertise in project cost and schedule management honored an EM employee with its Technical Excellence Award.

July 29, 2014
 Crews conducted the geophysics study using a machine called the Super Sting to measure the resistivity of the complex underlying geologic strata.
Removing High Explosives from Groundwater

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – In an initiative supported by EM, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program is addressing high explosive contamination in surface water and groundwater at a location this summer in the forests surrounding the laboratory.

July 29, 2014
EM’s Office of D&D and Facility Engineering is preparing a five-year strategic plan to include key areas such as robotic and remote system development. EM has employed robots such as Tizzy, shown here, which removed high-level solid radioactive material from underground waste tanks. Photographers and other admirers watch as Tizzy readies for a mission of nuclear waste removal at the Savannah River Site.
Five-Year Technology Development Strategic Plan Targets EM’s Decommissioning Challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leaders from EM headquarters and field offices and the UK’s Sellafield nuclear site gathered recently to discuss developing technologies needed to address decommissioning challenges across the Cold War cleanup program.

July 29, 2014
Sampling locations are on steep, heavily vegetated terrain requiring subcontractor TerranearPMC crews to take hand-augured samples rather than using a drill rig.
Los Alamos National Laboratory Investigates Fenton Hill to Support Future Land Use

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Supporting future land use for the U.S. Forest Service, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program (CAP) completed sampling soil at Fenton Hill in the Jemez Mountains this month.

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 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
The caped comb shows that the queen bee has laid eggs in the hives.
Moab Site is ‘Beezy’ with a New Kind of Worker

MOAB, Utah – Things are abuzz at EM’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project site in Utah. This spring, two Italian honeybee hives were started on the site’s northeast portion.

June 30, 2014
WIPP Mine Rescue Red Team members’ actions are evaluated during a simulated mine rescue disaster.
WIPP Takes Second in Mine Rescue Competition

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) mine rescue team placed second in the Southwestern Regional Mine Rescue Competition this past spring in Carlsbad, and it took home more than a trophy.

June 30, 2014
Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Site Lead Joel Bradburne, far left, stands with faculty, staff, and students of Eastern High School during an ASER Summary Project recognition ceremony.
Project Develops Student-Stakeholders

PIKETON, Ohio ̶ High school students are learning valuable skills while helping EM provide important information to the public about the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.