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June 6, 2013
The Waste Control Specialists Federal Waste Disposal Facility in Andrews, Texas.
DOE Applauds Opening of Historic Disposal Facility

ANDREWS, Texas – DOE officials participated in an event today to celebrate the opening of the first commercial disposal facility of its kind.

June 5, 2013
The EM delegation tours the underground installations of the Underground Research Laboratory in France; EM Lead International Affairs Specialist Ana Han, left to right, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Waste Management Frank Marcinowski, Carlsbad Field Office Manager Joe Franco and EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga.
EM Delegation Shares Lessons Learned on Tour in France

A senior-level delegation led by EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga recently toured nuclear cleanup facilities in France, including a disposal site and a laboratory researching a potential underground radioactive waste repository.

June 3, 2013
John Britton, with Office of River Protection contractor Washington River Protection Solutions, explains the Hanford tank waste program to Western Washington University students in a recent tour of the Hanford site.
Hanford Grows Young Minds Through Site Tours

RICHLAND, Wash. – It is harvest season for cherries, raspberries and rhubarb in Washington state. But employees at the Hanford site are helping grow the young minds of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce.

May 21, 2013
EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga provides the keynote address at the recent National Transportation Stakeholders Forum meeting.
Nearly 200 Attend National Transportation Stakeholders Forum

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In his keynote address at the fourth-annual DOE National Transportation Stakeholders Forum (NTSF) meeting, EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga noted that transporting and disposing of contaminated waste, structures and other materials is inherent to the Department’s ability to accomplish its Cold War cleanup mission.

May 15, 2013
A product drum of mixed low-level waste is lowered into a high-density polyethylene macro-pack.
Innovative Technique Accelerates Waste Disposal at Idaho Site

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – An innovative treatment and disposal technique is enabling the Idaho site to accelerate shipments of legacy nuclear waste for permanent disposal.

May 13, 2013
Front row, left to right, NuVision Engineering Vice President Laurie Judd, EM Lead International Affairs Specialist Ana Han, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Williams and United Kingdom Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Head of International Relations John Mathieson; back row, left to right, NDA Sellafield Site Deputy Head Graham Jonsson and EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tank Waste and Nuclear Material Management Ken Picha.
EM Delegation Tours UK Cleanup Program’s Sellafield Site

A senior-level EM delegation led by Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Williams visited the United Kingdom’s Sellafield nuclear site to gain insight into the cleanup projects and facilities under the jurisdiction of the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

May 9, 2013
EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga, left, receives the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive award from Eric Coulter, treasurer of the board of directors for the Senior Executives Association, which sponsors the awards program.
EM’s Huizenga Receives Presidential Rank Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga recently received the nation’s highest civil service recognition, the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive award.

May 8, 2013
Steve Hampson of the University of Kentucky, left to right, West Kentucky Community & Technical College President Dr. Barbara Veazey, Paducah Junior College Board of Trustees member Ken Wheeler and Buz Smith of the DOE Paducah Site Office examine a DOE Paducah Site groundwater model exhibit at the West Kentucky Community & Technical College Emerging Technology Center.
Community College Highlights Paducah Site Groundwater Model

PADUCAH, Ky. – Three-dimensional models showing EM’s groundwater cleanup progress at the Paducah site are on display at a cutting-edge technology building on Paducah’s community college campus.

May 7, 2013
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Robert Martineau, left to right, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Oak Ridge EM Manager Mark Whitney, EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga and EPA Deputy Regional Administrator for Region 4 Stan Meiburg gathered for the announcement on mercury cleanup.
Oak Ridge EM Program Increases Focus on Mercury Cleanup

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga recently joined local lawmakers and state and federal officials to announce their partnership to increase focus on cleanup of mercury — one of Oak Ridge’s greatest environmental threats — at the Y-12 National Security Complex.

May 2, 2013
Students from the University of Utah contemplate the hillside geology at the rail load out area while Moab Federal Project Director Donald Metzler (in orange vest) addresses a question. The uranium mill tailings pile is behind and below the viewing area.
Moab Project Offers Unique Educational Resource in Site Tours

MOAB, Utah – As the weather warms up, EM's Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project site in southeastern Utah becomes a popular destination for tours, especially by universities.