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July 28, 2016
WEMS technicians Jim Snodgrass (left) and Jim Dixon set pins in security lock cores at the X-720 Lock shop.
EM Issues Report Cards to Portsmouth Site Contractors

LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM has completed evaluations and determined final-period award fees for two prime contracts at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site in south-central Ohio.

July 28, 2016
Officials mark the completion of construction of the Engineered Scale Test Facility during a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 20.
EM Marks Completion of Facility for Low-Activity Waste Pretreatment System

RICHLAND, Wash. – The EM Office of River Protection (ORP) completed construction of a new facility designed to validate the technology and systems of the Low-Activity Waste Pretreatment System (LAWPS) on July 17.

July 28, 2016
A section of the thermal catalytic oxidizer is lowered into the LAW facility.
Workers Continue Progress in Installing Equipment for Vitrification Facility

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers recently completed installing two of the last major pieces of equipment for the EM Office of River Protection’s Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Vitrification Facility at the Hanford Site’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP).

July 28, 2016
UCOR’s K-27 Building demolition project, pictured here, is ahead of schedule with actual costs projected to be less than planned, according to OREM’s correspondence regarding the contractor’s fee determination.
EM’s Oak Ridge Cleanup Contractor Earns 93 Percent of Available Fee

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM’s cleanup contractor at the Oak Ridge site earned nearly $3.6 million for its performance from Oct. 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, amounting to 93 percent of the total award fee available.

July 28, 2016
The 65-ton vessel arrives in Richland.
Testing of Vessel Critical to Hanford Tank Waste Processing Set to Begin This Year

RICHLAND, Wash. – A 65-ton vessel critical to determining the safe mixing and processing of radioactive waste at EM’s Office of River Protection Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) arrived here this month.

July 28, 2016
SRNL developed this robot to inspect the H-Canyon air tunnel at SRS.
Robotics Students to Test Their Systems on Real EM Cleanup Challenges

AIKEN, S.C. – For some students pursuing graduate degrees in robotics, the final exam could involve helping EM solve some of its toughest problems.

July 28, 2016
Workers excavate contaminated material at the French drains site.
Expedited Cleanup Process at Idaho Site Leads to Taxpayer Savings

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – A streamlined process to remediate contaminated areas at DOE’s 890-square-mile Idaho Site has benefitted the Environmental Restoration (ER) Program and taxpayers in general.

July 28, 2016
Left to right, Bill Edwards, Nicole Zawadzki, Steve Gunnink and Bill Eaton, from the Volpentest HAMMER Federal Training Center, were participants in the Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise.
Hanford Site Staff Participates in State's Largest Earthquake Drill

RICHLAND, Wash. – Staff members from EM’s Richland Operations Office Volpentest Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response (HAMMER) Federal Training Center facility recently participated in what is being called the largest earthquake drill of any kind in Washington state history

July 28, 2016
A teachers group organized by the Buckeye Hills Career Center prepares for a driving tour of the Portsmouth Site.
Portsmouth Site Tour Focuses on Potential Careers for High School Graduates

PIKETON, Ohio – Twenty-seven area high school teachers recently visited EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Site as part of a training program in career counseling.

July 28, 2016
There are four groundwater treatment facilities located along the Columbia River at the Hanford Site including the HX Pump and Treat Facility as seen above. All groundwater treatment facilities are using the newer resin.
Groundwater Treatment Resin Saves an Estimated $2 Million More Than Expected - Annual efficiency three times higher than original estimates

RICHLAND, Wash. – In 2010, workers with EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) at the Hanford Site began using a new type of resin — a material used to remove contamination from groundwater — in its treatment facilities to improve efficiencies and lower operating costs.