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June 30, 2016
Samples of IWTU product from the November 2015 (left) and May 2016 (right) simulant runs. The May 2016 sample represents the desired results of the designed process.
Startup of Idaho Waste Treatment Facility Benefits From Experts’ Advice

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Several recommendations from technical experts who attended a Chemistry Summit in January and a Fluidized Bed Workshop in April have been incorporated into EM’s Idaho Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU), and based on a recent simulated waste treatment test, the results look promising.

June 30, 2016
Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth workers seal the HEUFS material into a sealed waste container.
EM's Portsmouth Site Disposes of Decades-Old Waste Stream

PIKETON, Ohio – Disposition of a 40-plus-year-old legacy waste at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site was completed thanks to a cooperative effort among EM, contractors, and private industry.

June 30, 2016
CGTO representatives at the NNSS, left to right, Kenny Anderson, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe; Richard Arnold, Pahrump Paiute Tribe, CGTO spokesperson; Ross Stone, Big Pine Paiute Tribe; Betty Cornelius, Colorado River Indian Tribes; Maurice Frank-Churchill, Duckwater Shoshone Tribe; Danelle Gutierrez, Big Pine Paiute Tribe; and Barbara Durham, Timbisha Shoshone Tribe.
Tribal Connections Continue Collaboration in NNSS Revegetation Efforts

LAS VEGAS – Representatives from the Consolidated Group of Tribes and Organizations (CGTO) met this month to continue developing recommendations on how to revegetate 92 acres of land at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Complex.

June 30, 2016
SRNS engineers Alex Somers (left) and Nhon Do (center) discuss H-Canyon nuclear processes with SRNS Engineering Leadership Development Program Manager Mike Hughes. Somers and Do visited most major facilities at SRS as part of the training and enrichment program for new engineers.
Overcoming Adversity on New Career Paths

AIKEN, S.C. – Alex Somers pursued a military career with a goal of serving on a nuclear submarine until a diabetes diagnosis ended his dream.

June 30, 2016
Washington Closure Hanford workers prepare waste retrieved from the Hanford Site’s 618-10 Burial Ground for shipment to the site’s disposal facility for low-level waste.
EM River Corridor Cleanup Contractor Surpasses 7 Million Safe Hours

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) and its subcontractor employees achieved a significant safety milestone by working 7 million hours without a lost workday injury.

June 30, 2016
Students from Carla Evans’ Advanced Environmental Science class at Ohio’s Waverly High School visit Lake Hope State Park as part of educational activities included within the ASER Summary Project.
Students Enhance Skills While Summarizing Environmental Information

LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM’s Annual Site Environmental Reports (ASER) are complex technical documents comprising several hundred pages of information about the former gaseous diffusion plants near Piketon, Ohio and Paducah, Ky.

June 30, 2016
Aiken Technical College students get a firsthand look at the tritium production program while on a tour of the 310-square-mile Savannah River Site.
Students in New Nuclear Training Program Tour Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – Students in a nuclear training program’s inaugural class recently toured the Savannah River Site (SRS) to view EM cleanup efforts and nuclear facilities where they may one day work.

June 30, 2016
ORP Cycling Team Places Third in Challenge

RICHLAND, Wash. – Four EM Office of River Protection employees peddled for the annual Federal Bike Challenge, logging an impressive 1,375 miles and taking third place out of 200 teams.

June 24, 2016
EM's Next Business Opportunity Forum is July 13 During Reservation Economic Summit in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. – EM's next quarterly public forum to discuss upcoming business opportunities in the legacy nuclear cleanup program is set for Wed., July 13 in Tulsa, Okla.

June 15, 2016
Panelists at the event for the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus included, left to right, Parsons Senior Vice President and Salt Waste Processing Facility Project Manager Frank Sheppard, EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, and Bechtel National Inc. Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) Project Director Peggy McCullough.
EM Marks Progress on Facilities, Outlines Safe Startup and Commissioning Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leadership from EM and its contractors highlighted measurable progress on major cleanup facilities across the complex and discussed a safe and successful path forward for startup and commissioning at an event for the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus on June 8.