CARLSBAD, N.M. – Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Deputy Secretary of Energy, visited DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) on Tuesday for a firsthand look at the progress in the recovery of operations at the site and meet with employees and community leaders.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz commenced DOE’s first-ever National Cleanup Workshop last week by highlighting recent major EM accomplishments and emphasizing the importance of working together to overcome remaining challenges in the cleanup program.
DOE Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Monica Regalbuto shared her vision for EM, laid out cleanup priorities, and emphasized the need to better leverage technology development to reduce costs in her address at DOE’s first National Cleanup Workshop.
At a key roundtable session of the National Cleanup Workshop, Mark Whitney, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for EM, described the program’s initiative to develop and execute a five-year planning effort.
EM Richland Operations Office Manager Stacy Charboneau kicked off the first panel at the National Cleanup Workshop, emphasizing the importance of a united team of federal and contractor employees, regulators, Tribes, communities, and other stakeholders in continued cleanup progress.
Opening remarks by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto offered a prelude to one of the major topics that reverberated during panel discussions and sideline conversations throughout DOE’s National Cleanup Workshop. The prominent theme was the importance of technology development as a key factor in addressing EM’s challenges.
A National Cleanup Workshop panel that included a Carlsbad, N.M., official and federal and contractor employees from EM headquarters and field sites provided an update on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recovery and transuranic waste generator sites across the DOE complex.
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will consist of facilities at three seemingly disparate sites separated by great distances — Los Alamos, N.M., Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Hanford, Wash. — that played key roles in the creation of the atomic bomb during World War II.
EM held a communicators forum in Washington, D.C. last week in coordination with the National Cleanup Workshop. Public affairs representatives from across the DOE complex gathered to share their best strategies for public communications and transparent outreach on EM cleanup accomplishments. EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney engaged with the communicators in the forum.