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March 31, 2014
Department of Energy Releases Proposal to Amend the Hanford Consent Decree

For more than 40 years, facilities at the Hanford Site in the State of Washington supplied America’s defense program with plutonium, which was critical to the nation’s defense during World War II and throughout the Cold War. This effort resulted in the production of 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical wastes, which are currently stored in 177 underground tanks. The Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) is a massive and complex first-of-a-kind plant that, when constructed, will be the cornerstone to completing the cleanup of this tank waste at Hanford.

March 27, 2014
DOE employees gather for an award recognizing EM's Recovery Act Team.
EM Celebrates Successful Completion of Recovery Act Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DOE officials today marked a historic landmark in EM’s mission as they celebrated the close of the Cold War cleanup program’s $6 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program.

March 5, 2014
Visitors to EM's booth at the annual Waste Management Symposia international conference participate in demonstrations of the new timeline.
EM Launches First-Ever Interactive Timeline on Cleanup’s History

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of its 25th anniversary, EM launched a new timeline this week that offers stakeholders and other members of the public a first-of-a-kind opportunity to view the nuclear cleanup program’s achievements and related Cold War history in an interactive online platform.

February 27, 2014
Members of the EM and URS SPRU Project Team gather to celebrate the last shipment of solidified sludge liners today.
EM’s SPRU Celebrates Waste Removal Success, Safety Milestone

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – EM’s Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) Disposition Project completed a significant waste-treatment campaign today that involved the solidification of approximately 9,700 gallons of contaminated sludge and 14 shipments of the waste off-site for permanent disposal.

February 6, 2014
The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management's new website, above, features more news and resources for stakeholders, residents and media.
EM's Oak Ridge Office Launches New Website

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. –The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) is beginning 2014 with a new, user-friendly website, http://energy.gov/orem.

December 23, 2013
Aspen Cass, a relative of an EM Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) employee, holds donated coats with Farok Sharif (left), president and project manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership, the WIPP management and operating contractor, and Joe Franco, manager of CBFO.
EM Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Team’s Holiday Spirit Shines

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Children in the Carlsbad area are warmer this holiday season thanks to the generosity of EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) team of employees.

December 11, 2013
Jim Kopotic and his daughter Lauren pause for a photo after a race that raised money for cancer research and treatment.
‘Can Do’ Attitude Brings EM Family Together

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – It’s 7:51 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. A white, long-bed 4x4 Dodge Ram turns the corner, entering the parking lot. The rumble of the hemi-powered engine stops and the door opens as Jim Kopotic, the federal project director for the East Tennessee Technology Park, one of EM’s primary cleanup sites in Oak Ridge, exits the cab.

December 5, 2013
WIPP environmental and operations personnel gather next to pallets that will be provided to the local community as part of WIPP’s wood waste diversion program.
WIPP Doubles Solid Waste Reduction Rate in Fiscal Year 2013

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) almost doubled its solid waste reduction rate from 15.5 percent in fiscal year 2012 to 33 percent in fiscal year 2013 through programs that diverted WIPP’s wood waste from the municipal landfill by reusing, repurposing or recycling.

November 26, 2013
Volunteers from West Valley Demonstration Project gather before distributing items collected in an annual food drive.
Thanksgiving Goodwill: West Valley Demonstration Project Food Drive Provides 640 Turkeys to People in Need

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – Just in time for the holidays, eight local food pantries received 640 turkeys, 1,800 pounds of potatoes and other items, thanks to an effort by EM employees and contractors supporting cleanup at West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) and other volunteers.

November 20, 2013
Advanced techniques allowed crews at Los Alamos National Laboratory to decontaminate large boxes of waste so it could be shipped as mixed low-level rather than transuranic waste.
EM’s Los Alamos TRU Waste Campaign Heads Toward Completion

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – The safe and steady progress in repackaging and shipping legacy waste has resulted in another record-setting year for the EM program at Los Alamos National Laboratory.