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March 31, 2016
EM’s DOE Fellows Participate in Waste Management Conference

PHOENIX – Twenty Florida International University (FIU) students who serve as DOE Fellows in the EM program presented technical posters at the annual Waste Management Conference in Phoenix earlier this month.

March 31, 2016
Ebert, left, listens to seventh grader Zoe as she explains her experiment, “Penguins and Chocolate Mousse Don’t Mix,” which tested how the salinity of water affects a mixture of crude oil and seawater, modeled using cooking oil.
Science Fair Participants Years Ahead of Their Time, Say Judges from ORP

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Three of EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) staff members served as judges for the 61st annual Mid-Columbia Science and Engineering Fair this month.

March 31, 2016
Fluor maintenance mechanic Robert Fulton lifts equipment at the C-337 former uranium enrichment process building at EM’s Paducah Site.
Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project Marks 2 Million Safe Work Hours

PADUCAH, Ky. – Workers performing the remediation, deactivation, and decommissioning at the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site recently reached 2 million hours without a lost-time injury on the job.

March 31, 2016
WRPS engineers Bryce Eaton and Ashley Ansolabehere pose for a photo with third graders at Maya Angelou Elementary in Pasco, Wash.
EM's Office of River Protection Workers Teach Engineering to Local Students

RICHLAND, Wash. – Giving young students a taste of what it’s like to be an engineer is the focus of Engineers, or E, Week.

March 16, 2016
EM headquarters and field office leaders gathered for a one-day workshop to examine the various contractor oversight programs in place across the EM complex.
EM Leaders Work to Further Strengthen Oversight

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s senior leaders recently met at the Hanford Site to discuss ways to strengthen how EM oversees the work of its cleanup contractors.

March 16, 2016
Theresa Kliczewski, environmental protection specialist in EM’s Office of Disposition Planning and Policy, explains the GTCC EIS path forward to participants in the Waste Management Symposia 2016 in Phoenix.
Final Environmental Impact Statement Brings DOE Closer to Disposing Unique Waste

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM celebrated a milestone recently when DOE issued the long-awaited Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Disposal of Greater-Than-Class-C (GTCC) Low-Level Radioactive Waste and GTCC-Like Waste.

March 16, 2016
Christine Gelles leaves EM this month for a position in the private sector.
Longtime EM Exec Christine Gelles Departing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Christine Gelles, an EM executive whose work contributed to a range of waste management accomplishments over more than 20 years at DOE, departs this month for a position in the private sector. Gelles will become corporate vice president and chief strategy officer at the energy and environmental consulting firm Longenecker and Associates.

March 16, 2016
Workers connect the power supply and instrumentation in AP-02A.
Hanford Tank Farm Workers Begin Tank Waste Retrieval Ahead of Schedule

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) and tank farms contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) began retrieving waste from underground double-shell tank AY-102 this month, ahead of schedule, meeting requirements of a settlement agreement with the State of Washington.

March 16, 2016
Hix, right, discusses a work assignment with a team member.
Hanford Employee Returns to Finish Glovebox Cleanup as Team Lead

RICHLAND, Wash. – For Gary Hix, a recent accomplishment at the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) ended a long career chapter at the Hanford Site facility.

March 16, 2016
Overpacked drums are shown before entering AMWTP’s new conveyor system. The conveyor system allows for batch processing of the retrieved, overpacked drums.
Idaho Site’s New Conveyor System Improves Waste Processing Safety, Efficiency

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – When industrialist Henry Ford invented the production line, he likely didn’t think it’d be used to process retrieved transuranic waste.