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May 31, 2016
A waste disposition operator at EM's West Valley Demonstration Project applies spray foam to a waste box to stabilize the contents and fill void space before the container is shipped offsite for disposal.
West Valley Demonstration Project Contractor Reaches 2 Million Safe Work Hours

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV) and its subcontractors achieved this month 2 million safe work hours without a lost-time accident over the past 30 months

May 31, 2016
In a First, Yakama Indian Nation Teens Explore Tribal Sacred Areas at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – Yakama Indian Nation teenagers saw tribal sacred areas on the Hanford Site for the first time this month.

May 31, 2016
The 242-A Evaporator removes water from tank waste and reduces the volume stored in the double-shell tanks to make room for waste retrieved from single-shell tanks until it can be permanently disposed.
Evaporator Campaigns Create 300,000 Gallons of Double-Shell Tank Space

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford’s 242-A Evaporator recently conducted back-to-back operating campaigns, creating approximately 300,000 gallons of double-shell tank waste storage space.

May 31, 2016
Participants in the effort to revegetate a portion of land at the Nevada National Security Site gather for a photo. From left to right: Jeremy Spoon, Portland State University; Maurice Frank-Churchill, Duckwater Shoshone Tribe; Michael Clifford, Desert Research Institute; Ross Stone, Big Pine Paiute Tribe; Kenny Anderson, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe; Barbara Durham, Timbisha Shoshone Tribe; Alissa Silvas, National Security Technologies; Danelle Gutierrez, Big Pine Paiute Tribe; Betty Cornelius, Colorado River Indian Tribes; Scott Wade, Nevada Field Office; Richard Arnold, Pahrump Paiute Tribe, Consolidated Group of Tribes and Organizations spokesperson; Kate Barcalow, Portland State University; and Colleen Beck, Desert Research Institute.
Tribal Connections to Nevada National Security Site to Aid Revegetation Efforts

LAS VEGAS – The EM program at the Nevada Field Office (NFO) has enlisted the help of the people who know the Mojave Desert the best to revegetate its complex terrain.

May 31, 2016
USC Aiken students, from left, Brandon Eberl, Joe Barry, Rebecca Richardson, and Kevin O’Connor, discuss future plans with SRNS President and CEO Carol Johnson.
Savannah River Site Contractor Endows Professorship to Help Grow Local Engineers

AIKEN, S.C. – Savannah River Site (SRS) management and operating contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions has given $550,000 to the University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA) to endow its faculty professorship as part of a new bachelor’s degree program in industrial process engineering.

May 16, 2016
EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto, directly left of the Tank Closure Monument, gathers with federal and contractor employees at SRS.
Cheers to 20 Years and 8 Tanks: EM, SRR Celebrate Major Accomplishments

AIKEN, S.C. – EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto congratulated employees at the Savannah River Site (SRS) on May 12 for two significant accomplishments.

May 16, 2016
EM and STGWG officials and other participants in the WVDP tour gather for a photo.
EM Talks Cleanup Progress with State and Tribal Government Working Group

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney and other EM officials joined the State and Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG) here this month for meetings and visits to the Seneca Nation’s Allegany and Cattaraugus territories and the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP).

May 16, 2016
A worker wearing protective gear prepares a chemical tank inside the Americium Recovery Facility for removal.
Safety Improvements, Project Progress at Hanford Site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – Recent changes in how work crews are deployed at the Hanford Site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) have yielded significant improvements in safety performance as EM’s Richland Operations Office and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company continue to make steady progress toward demolition of the plant.

May 16, 2016
Work is underway in the WVDP High-Level Waste Relocation and Storage
EM’s West Valley Cleanup Contactor Receives 85 Percent of Available Fee Award

EST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM announced that the contractor at its West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) cleanup earned $250,000, or nearly 85 percent of the available fee award of $295,495 for the six-month period ending Feb. 29 this year.

May 16, 2016
RICHLAND, Wash. – Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), far right, visited the Hanford Site on May 5. He met with EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney (not pictured), Office of River Protection (ORP) Manager Kevin Smith (second from right), and ORP Assistant Manager for Tank Farms Tom Fletcher (not pictured). Also shown are Mark Lindholm (third from right), president of tank farms contractor Washington River Protection Solutions, and David Berick (far left), with Wyden’s office.
Senators Tour Sites, Meet with EM Officials

RICHLAND, Wash. – Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), far right, visited the Hanford Site on May 5.