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December 23, 2014
Since its construction in the mid-1970s, the 242-A Evaporator has removed nearly 68 million gallons of water from tank waste, which reduces the volume stored in the double-shell tanks to make room for waste retrieval from single-shell tanks.
Office of River Protection Looks Back on 2014 Achievements, Including Tank Retrieval Progress

RICHLAND, Wash. – In 2014, EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) marked several accomplishments at the Hanford site, including continuing efforts to resolve remaining technical issues with the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP); restarting operations of the 242-A Evaporator; establishing waste acceptance limits for WTP; and continuing progress in waste tank retrievals.

December 23, 2014
Workers lower a compressor from Portsmouth’s X-326 process building, where it will be staged and prepared for shipping.
EM Delivers in Deactivation, Regulatory Milestones, Shipping Progress at Portsmouth Site

PIKETON, Ohio – EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) made significant strides in the Portsmouth site’s decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project in 2014, including deactivation progress in one of the plant’s three main uranium enrichment process buildings, the issuance of two proposed plans for the two Records of Decision (RODs) that will drive D&D work, and a rigorous shipping campaign.

December 23, 2014
Los Alamos National Laboratory’s chromium remediation project is located in a canyon adjacent to pueblo lands.
Groundwater, Legacy Soil Cleanup and Flood Recovery Top Lab’s Accomplishments

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Top 2014 accomplishments of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s EM-supported Environmental Programs included remediation of chromium in groundwater, completion of a legacy contaminant soil cleanup project, and rapid recovery from a 1,000-year rain event that caused widespread flooding.

December 23, 2014
Workers demolish support buildings surrounding the Plutonium Finishing Plant to create a cleared area for heavy equipment to demolish the plant’s main processing buildings.
Removal of 1,082-Ton Reactor Among Richland Operations Office’s 2014 Accomplishments

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers with EM’s Richland Operations Office and its contractors made progress this year in several areas of Hanford site cleanup that helped protect employees, the public, environment, and Columbia River.

December 23, 2014
Scott Sax, president of Washington Closure Hanford, center, describes deactivation and decommissioning activities at the 618-10 Burial Ground to CNL decommissioning specialists.
EM Hosts Successful Visit from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of D&D and Facility Engineering (D&D/FE) hosted decommissioning professionals from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) — Canada's premier nuclear technology and engineering organization — for two days at EM’s Hanford site in November this year. CNL was formerly known as Atomic Energy Canada Ltd.

December 23, 2014
A truck carrying the last two solidified liners from the SPRU Disposition Project sludge campaign leaves the site in late February.
SPRU Removes High-Risk Radioactive Waste

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

November 26, 2014
CBFO and WIPP Commemorate Veterans Day

CBFO and WIPP Commemorate Veterans Day

November 26, 2014
Jeff Boulton of LATA Kentucky works with middle school students to demonstrate and test the acidity and basicity levels of groundwater.
Environmental Contractor Mentors Young Students

PADUCAH, Ky. – More than 300 area sixth graders have a much better understanding of groundwater cleanup at the Paducah site thanks to mentoring from EM’s environmental contractor, LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky.

November 26, 2014
 EM Office of River Protection (ORP) Manager Kevin Smith, right, discusses the Low-Activity Waste Facility design and construction with Waste Treatment and Immobilization Project Assistant Manager Bill Hamel, left; EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, second from left; and EM Waste Treatment Plant/Tank Farms Program Director Todd Shrader during a tour of the facility. Whitney visited the Hanford site earlier this fall.
Head of EM Program Tours Hanford Site Facilities

Head of EM Program Tours Hanford Site Facilities

November 26, 2014
More than 100 Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant neighbors, community leaders, and workers attended the public meeting this month at a high school near the plant. Many of the attendees voiced their opinions on the preferred alternatives during the public comment part of the meeting. Portsmouth D&D stakeholders have until March 11, 2015 to submit comments on the proposed plans associated with facilities D&D and waste disposition at the site.
Public Can Comment on Proposed D&D and Waste Disposition Plans for EM's Portsmouth Site Through March 11

WAVERLY, Ohio – Approximately 150 neighbors, community leaders, workers, and other interested people participated in a public meeting Nov. 17 near the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site to hear from EM and its decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) contractor, Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC, about options for future cleanup of the site.