WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), which was originally chartered by President Obama in 2011 to accelerate the development and use of robots in the U.S. that work beside and in cooperation with people.
AIKEN, S.C. – A delegation from two nuclear-related entities in China visited the Savannah River Site (SRS) for the first time last month, and its members agreed with EM officials to discuss potential areas of collaboration in waste treatment and disposal and to establish collaborative technology projects.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM made a strong showing in this year’s Feds Feed Families drive, contributing 46,493 pounds of food across the DOE complex and topping it off by winning top prize in a government-wide chili cookoff held at the Department’s headquarters.
RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and its contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) have made tremendous progress in cleaning up areas along the Columbia River at the Hanford Site in the past 10 years. The progress is especially visible in the 300 Area, a former industrial area that covered 1,700 acres at the site’s southern edge.
RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) is looking to the past to help with its future by studying how ancient glass has fared through the centuries and how it compares to the results of accelerated aging tests on various types of low-activity waste (LAW) glass.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC, (CWI) the main cleanup contractor for the EM program at the Idaho Site, took on additional work scope at the site’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) after completing grouting work at the decommissioned Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBF-II) three months ahead of schedule and $110,000 under budget this year.
EM’s Jud Lilly explains the nuclear fuel cycle to a group of students participating in the recent Sixth Annual Science Alliance at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site in southern Ohio. A record 1,255 high school juniors attended and participated in interactive demonstrations designed to match their interests with potential careers related to science, technology, engineering and math. Students also learned about post-secondary educational requirements for those careers and regional universities that offer the necessary curricula.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Terry A. Michalske is director of EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in Aiken, S.C. In this role, he is responsible for the management, operation and strategic direction of the laboratory, which has about 900 employees. SRNL provides scientific and technological strategic direction and program support for EM’s cleanup program. Earlier this year, Michalske was named the National Laboratory Director of the Year by DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization for his work encouraging and promoting small businesses at the laboratory. He recently talked with EM Update about SRNL’s role in helping EM advance the nation’s nuclear cleanup.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jack Surash, EM’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management, says he will continue to hold quarterly public forums to provide insight into the federal procurement process and discuss business opportunities in the legacy nuclear cleanup program until no one attends them. But that seems unlikely to happen.