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December 23, 2014
A waste disposition operator applies spray foam to a waste box to stabilize the contents and fill void space before the container is shipped off site for disposal.
West Valley Accomplishments: Year in Review

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM and its contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) made significant progress in decommissioning the former nuclear fuel reprocessing center this year, with a focus on preparing for high-level waste (HLW) relocation, deactivation and demolition of site facilities and shipment of waste for off-site disposal.

December 23, 2014
Oak Ridge’s EM program began the K-31 Demolition Project in 2014. It is scheduled for completion in 2015 as part of EM’s goal to remove all of the site’s uranium enrichment facilities by 2016.
Ambitious Vision Drives Oak Ridge’s Progress

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Cleanup and transfer of the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) remains one of the Oak Ridge EM office’s highest priorities. This task paves the way for a cleaner environment and enables economic reuse at the site that will benefit the entire region.

December 11, 2014
EM Acquisition and Project Management Deputy Assistant Secretary Jack Surash speaks to participants of EM's Business Opportunity Forum.
EM Hosts Business Opportunity Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 50 people gathered at a public forum today on EM’s federal procurement process and upcoming business opportunities in the legacy nuclear cleanup program.

December 1, 2014
DOE Names New Richland Operations Manager

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the selection of Stacy Charboneau as the Manager of the Richland Operations Office (DOE-RL) at the Hanford Site in southwest Washington State.

November 26, 2014
Jeff Boulton of LATA Kentucky works with middle school students to demonstrate and test the acidity and basicity levels of groundwater.
Environmental Contractor Mentors Young Students

PADUCAH, Ky. – More than 300 area sixth graders have a much better understanding of groundwater cleanup at the Paducah site thanks to mentoring from EM’s environmental contractor, LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky.

November 26, 2014
 EM Office of River Protection (ORP) Manager Kevin Smith, right, discusses the Low-Activity Waste Facility design and construction with Waste Treatment and Immobilization Project Assistant Manager Bill Hamel, left; EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, second from left; and EM Waste Treatment Plant/Tank Farms Program Director Todd Shrader during a tour of the facility. Whitney visited the Hanford site earlier this fall.
Head of EM Program Tours Hanford Site Facilities

Head of EM Program Tours Hanford Site Facilities

November 26, 2014
More than 100 Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant neighbors, community leaders, and workers attended a public meeting in November 2014 at a high school near the plant. Many of the attendees voiced their opinions on the preferred alternatives during the public comment part of the meeting.
DOE Presents Proposed D&D and Waste Disposition Plans for EM's Portsmouth Site

WAVERLY, Ohio – Approximately 150 neighbors, community leaders, workers, and other interested people participated in a public meeting Nov. 17 near the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site to hear from EM and its decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) contractor, Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC, about options for future cleanup of the site.

November 26, 2014
From left, NWP President and Project Manager Bob McQuinn, CBFO Manager Joe Franco, and CBFO organizers Margaret Gee, Martin Navarrete, and Dennis Miehls, hold up some of the donated coats that will be provided to Carlsbad area schools. CBFO organizers not pictured are Andrea Cooper, Kristi Squires, and Russ Patterson. NWP organizers not pictured are Bertha Cassingham, Dana Dorr, Yolanda Salmon, and Yolanda Navarrete.
CBFO and WIPP Volunteerism Makes a Big Difference This Winter for Little Ones

CARLSBAD, N.M. – November’s winter chill started early in New Mexico. However, children in the Carlsbad, New Mexico area should be able to keep warm while outdoors thanks in part to the actions of the EM Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) team of employees.

November 26, 2014
Workers reached a record-breaking depth of 1,100 feet with a sonic drill rig.
Los Alamos Drills to Record-breaking Depths

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – The EM-supported Environmental Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory is pushing the limits of drilling technology with the use of a sonic drill rig to drill coreholes more than 1,100 feet deep in support of a chromium remediation project.

November 26, 2014
Debris from the former mill buildings at the Moab site is excavated from the mill tailings pile.
Moab Project Exceeds 5 Years of Operations Without Lost-Time Injury, Illness

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – It has been more than five years since workers on the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project in Utah had a lost-time injury or illness. This represents roughly 2.2 million hours of safe work.