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September 30, 2013
John Barnes, right, discusses a transuranic (TRU) waste container with Charles Fairburn of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. The TRU waste container was repackaged in the Savannah River Site H-Canyon facility. Barnes has more than 23-years of experience at the Savannah River Site as a Facility Representative.
DOE's 2012 Facility Rep of the Year Supports EM

AIKEN, S.C. – John Barnes, a Savannah River Site (SRS) employee who works in EM’s Cold War cleanup program, was recently honored as the 2012 DOE Facility Representative (FR) of the Year.

September 30, 2013
A screenshot of Hanford's online groundwater monitoring annual report.
Groundwater Report Goes Online, Interactive

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) has moved its 1,200-page annual report on groundwater monitoring to a fully online and interactive web application.

September 30, 2013
Ben Harp, center, manager of Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant Start-up and Commissioning Integration, discusses the advantages of ORP's Cold Test Facility to a group of congressional and state legislative staffers during a recent tour.
Congressional, State Officials Tour Hanford’s Test Site for Safe Tank Waste Cleanup

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) recently hosted a group of congressional and state legislative staffers on a tour of the Hanford site.

September 30, 2013
Hanford Contractor Receives Awards for Safety

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Hanford site contractor supporting EM’s cleanup program has again received a prestigious safety award from DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

September 30, 2013
WIPP’s 700th defense-related RH-TRU waste shipment was transported in an RH-72B shipping package. The shipment from the Idaho site arrived Sept. 12.
Milestone Shipment Arrives at WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M. – On Sept. 12, 2013, the 700th shipment of remote-handled (RH) transuranic (TRU) waste reached the gate at EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

September 30, 2013
Members of the Interagency Five-Year Review Workgroup gather for a photo after receiving the Excellence in Partnership award from the EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response on Sept. 18. The award recognizes the workgroup's collaborative effort in developing tools for the five-year reviews. DOE members of the workgroup include, front row, fourth from left, Gerald C. DiCerbo; fifth from left, Letitia O’Conor; and seventh from left, Cliff Carpenter. Also pictured are, first row, first from left, EPA Associate Deputy Administrator Lisa Feldt, a former EM employee; far right, EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus; back row, first from left, EM Office of Site Restoration Assoc iate Deputy Assistant Secretary William Levitan; and second from left, Office of Health, Safety and Security’s Office of Sustainability Support Director Josh Silverman.
EM Collaborates on Best Practices for Reviews

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM is contributing its expertise to an award-winning federal interagency workgroup tasked with developing tools for federal facility site managers to streamline and communicate a five-year review process.

September 30, 2013
This photo is included in a report that discusses worker protective suits. The report is part of the lessons learned, best practices and other guidance now featured in the Deactivation and Decommissioning Knowledge Management Information Tool. The worker pictured, an insulator, is wearing a protective suit designed to fit better around the respirator and allow for improved breathing.
Website Collects EM’s D&D Lessons Learned

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM is taking steps to collect lessons learned and best practices in the Cold War cleanup gained through the experience of its workforce.

September 30, 2013
Participants in EM’s Office of Nuclear Materials Disposition workshop with Swedish executives gather for a photo.
EM Hosts Used Fuel Management Workshop

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM’s Office of Nuclear Materials Disposition held a workshop with Swedish executives earlier this month to learn about their approaches to designing a national waste management program.

September 30, 2013
Dr. Inés Triay said serving as EM Assistant Secretary was challenging and extremely rewarding.
Former Assistant Secretary Shares Experiences Leading EM: ‘Extremely Rewarding’

In an occasional EM Update series, we feature interviews with former EM Assistant Secretaries to reflect on their achievements and challenges in the Cold War cleanup and to discuss endeavors in life after EM.

August 27, 2013
The box retrieval forklift carriage is used to lift a degraded box as retrieval personnel monitor progress.
Idaho Waste Treatment Facility Improves Worker Safety and Efficiency, Saves Taxpayer Dollars

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Continual operations improvements are integral to the mission of the Idaho site’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP). Two recent developments in retrieval operations save taxpayer dollars and illustrate advancements in employee safety and efficiency.