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August 12, 2013
A view of the first cask of reactor fuel from Sweden being unloaded from the m.s. Odensholm on July 21, 1963 in Savannah, Ga.
50th Anniversary of First Fuel Shipment Highlights EM's Role

Fifty years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower initiated his global vision of hope and security for the U.S. and the world in the nuclear age. EM has a historic role in fulfilling that vision that continues today.

August 8, 2013
EM Leads Successful Workshop Supporting Fukushima Cleanup

TOKYO – An EM-led U.S. delegation conducted its third workshop last month to provide expertise to Japanese officials leading the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site and surrounding area, this time addressing priorities identified by Japan’s government agencies.

August 7, 2013
Members of the Hanford site team observe Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project workers at the Idaho site putting on protective equipment. The Level B protective suit is custom-designed to provide maximum flexibility and protection against potential workplace hazards. The containment suit, coupled with the breathing equipment shown in the photo below, enables work to be conducted safely in high-hazard atmospheres.
EM Sites Come Together to Share Lessons Learned on Safety

RICHLAND, Wash. – A team from Hanford visited a waste processing facility at the Idaho site to observe equipment that may assist them in entering highly contaminated areas of the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP), a complex nuclear decommissioning project.

July 31, 2013
Members of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board helped create the book, The Story of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Megawatts to Megatons to Megawatts. They believe the stories of plant workers are important to preserve for future generations.
Paducah Community Chronicles Site History in New Book

PADUCAH, Ky. – Members of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) spearheaded the publication of a new book that captures the history of EM’s Paducah site.

July 24, 2013
The ORNL researchers conducted a test in which they sprayed the scintillating phosphor on simulated debris material marked with technetium-99.
New EM Technology: Spray Lights up Contamination Hot Spots

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers have developed a new technology to determine the extent of contamination in Cold War facilities that could replace costly and time-consuming traditional survey methods used by EM.

July 22, 2013
In the two years prior to the operation of the permeable treatment wall, pictured here, WVDP conducted extensive engineering and planning to ensure it would effectively remove strontium-90.
Unconventional Groundwater System Proves Effective in Reducing Contamination at West Valley Demonstration Project

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – A unique groundwater treatment system has significantly reduced the presence of a contaminant at EM's West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP), according to a report issued this month.

July 11, 2013
The Applied Research Center at Florida International University covers four major environmental cleanup areas: radioactive waste processing, facility deactivation and decommissioning, soil and groundwater remediation and information technology development for environmental management.
University Launches Website for FIU Research Sponsored by EM

MIAMI – A new website features research performed under a cooperative agreement between EM and Florida International University (FIU).

July 3, 2013
Screenshot of Asset Revitalization Initiative (ARI) website.
U.S. Department of Energy Launches New Website for Asset Revitalization Initiative (ARI)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S.Department of Energy (DOE) launched a website for the Asset Revitalization Initiative (ARI), a DOE-wide effort to advance the beneficial reuse of its unique and diverse mix of assets, including land, facilities, infrastructure, equipment, technologies, natural resources and a highly skilled workforce.

July 1, 2013
Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan, left, and RSI Vice President Rick Ferguson pose for photos at a May 2012 ceremony for an RSI solar farm at DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park.
Small Business Administration Honors Oak Ridge Subcontractor

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently honored an environmental cleanup company that supports Oak Ridge’s EM program as its Subcontractor of the Year in an eight-state region.

June 21, 2013
Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Williams, left, and EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga, center, talk with Environmental Management Advisory Board Vice-Chair Dennis Ferrigno at the recent board meeting.
EM Reviews Budget, Technology Challenges with Advisory Board

EM leadership met with the Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB) recently to discuss a range of topics, from EM’s fiscal year 2014 budget request to its technology challenges.