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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.

November 14, 2013
Approximately 1.8 million tons of salt have been mined out of the underground at WIPP.
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's Excavated Salt Agreement Supports Conservation Education, Other Public Initiatives

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Proceeds from a unique arrangement that turned excavated salt from EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) into a usable commodity have supported an array of public projects, including field trips focusing on conservation education for about 600 elementary-age students.

September 18, 2013
A high-pressure water cannon is used to control dust for the demolition of the X-600 Steam Plant.
Workers Demolish Coal-fired Steam Plant at EM's Portsmouth Site

PIKETON, Ohio – Towering above most nearby buildings, the X-600 Coal-fired Steam Plant had been part of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) since 1953, providing enough heat to operate three massive process buildings and numerous maintenance and support buildings.

September 10, 2013
Participants in Safety Fest Tennessee receive a hands-on demonstration about electrical safety.
EM Supports Program that Fosters Region’s Safety Culture

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s EM program is participating in this week’s Safety Fest Tennessee, an annual safety training event for the region’s workplaces.

September 9, 2013
The Idaho site's sodium distillation system.
Idaho Site Taps Old World Process to Treat Nuclear Waste

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The EM program at the Idaho site is using an age-old process to treat transuranic (TRU) waste left over from nuclear reactor experiments.

September 4, 2013
An Akuna-generated figure of the Savannah River F-Basin site showing the distribution of surface structures, well, contaminate plume and lithofacies.
Report for EM-Initiated Program Supporting Cleanup is Available

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM is leading a multi-laboratory team that is developing a state-of-the-art tool for the scientific community to improve understanding of complex contaminated subsurface systems.

August 29, 2013
Jal, N.M., City Manager Curtis Schrader talks with RSIP members about roadway safety needs in his community.
Southeastern New Mexico's First SafetyFest Set for September

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The first SafetyFest of southeastern New Mexico will be held in Carlsbad next month as a result of the efforts of the Southeastern N.M. Roadway Safety Integrated Project (RSIP).

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.