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August 15, 2016
EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto, right, views the mobile device EM Idaho Site Facility Representative Nicholas Balsmeier, center, has been testing since February. With this tool, Balsmeier can easily access procedures and DOE orders and record notes that can be sent directly to EM and contractor personnel.
EM’s Idaho Site Pilot Study of Device Leads to its Launch Complex-Wide

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM’s Idaho Site employees are being commended for leadership and initiative in exploring the use of a new mobile computing device that is now in the hands of about 100 employees across the cleanup complex.

August 15, 2016
Kurt McCracken, sludge treatment project engineer, prepares to test the equipment and tools to remove the basin’s sludge.
Testing of Radioactive Sludge System Proves Successful

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M) are in the final phases of preparing to remove highly radioactive sludge from the 100-K West Basin on the Hanford Site.

August 15, 2016
Hanford Firefighters Battle Wildland Blaze

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford firefighters and workers at the Hanford Site helped fight a wildland fire earlier this month that started at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Wash., approximately 40 miles west of the Hanford Site.

August 15, 2016
The Grand Challenge, which has grown in scale since its creation four years ago, has been recognized as one of DOE’s best practices for leadership and organizational transformation.
Grand Challenge Kicks Off with 34 Entries to Improve ORP Mission

RICHLAND, Wash. – The 2016 EM Office of River Protection (ORP) Grand Challenge submissions are in, with 34 entries ranging in subject from methods to treat waste in Hanford’s western tank farms to software for waste processing.

August 15, 2016
Left to right, ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson; Knox Heritage Executive Director Kim Trent; OREM Manager Sue Cange; and ACHP Expert Member Robert Stanton with the Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation.
Council Honors Oak Ridge’s EM Program with Prestigious Historic Preservation Award

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) was honored as a recipient of the prestigious Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation at a recent ceremony in Washington D.C.’s National Building Museum.

August 15, 2016
Clearing the Way for Hanford Site Cleanup

RICHLAND, Wash. – Watch time-lapse footage of workers preparing the T Plant canyon deck at the Hanford Site to receive K-West Reactor Fuel Storage Basin sludge by removing the legacy equipment shown in the 2012 photo at top.

August 15, 2016
The 516-T, nicknamed the “spider,” included multiple conveyor belts carrying soil through a series of screens to sift bullet debris from the soil of the former outdoor firing range on the EM reservation.
EM ‘Gets the Lead Out’ Removing Portsmouth Site Outdoor Firing Range

PIKETON, Ohio – Workers removed an unusual facility to make way for a new disposal site as part of decontamination and decommissioning of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in southern Ohio.

August 15, 2016
Progress Continues at Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – With demolition of the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) on the Hanford Site rapidly approaching, crews are busy preparing the site surrounding the facility.

August 15, 2016
Nevada Site Specific Advisory Board (NSSAB) members, left to right, Pennie Edmond, Donna Hruska (NSSAB chair), Janice Keiserman, and Don Neill in front of the NSSAB display at the Groundwater Open House.
Open House Gives Residents New Understanding of Nevada National Security Site

AMARGOSA VALLEY, Nev. – The Amargosa Valley community recently welcomed Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) scientists and staff members for the seventh-annual Groundwater Open House.

August 15, 2016
Left to right, local college students Animesh Pattanayak, Madisson Olds, and Efren Alverez are busy at work in the scanning-and-filing project.
College Students Digitize Records from Age Before Computers at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – About 50 local college students hired for the summer by EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) are cataloging human resources files to make documents from the pre-computer era available digitally.