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July 30, 2013
Matt McCormick, manager of the Richland Operations Office, commends a large group of Hanford workers for the 15-million-ton milestone at a public event at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility.
Disposal Facility Reaches 15-Million-Ton Milestone

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) — a massive landfill for low-level radioactive and hazardous waste at the Hanford site — has achieved a major cleanup milestone.

July 30, 2013
WIPP’s mine rescue team members, back row from left, are NWP President and Project Manager Farok Sharif; Heath Fowler; Manny Marquez; Mat Ridgway; Gary Kessler; Curtis Sanders, III; Jim Pierce; Tony Mihelic; Joe Baca; Justin Bailey; Ty Zimmerly; Fabian Carrasco; Chauncey Ortega; Nico Dominguez; and CBFO Manager Joe Franco. In front are Richard West, team trainer; and Ann Strait, of NWP emergency management. Not pictured is Doug Pitzer, a Red Team member.
WIPP’s Mine Rescue Teams Lead Competition

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s (WIPP) two mine rescue teams recently led the field of 13 groups competing in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Contest.

July 30, 2013
From left: Assistant Adjutant General for Air and Commander of the New Mexico Air National Guard Colonel Steven J. VerHelst; Franco; New Mexico Army National Guard Chief of Staff Colonel Timothy Paul; and Eddy County, N.M., ESGR Chairman Tony Renteria. The National ESGR seeks to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees.
EM Field Office Manager Receives Military Honor

EM Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Joe Franco receives the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Seven Seals Award in June at a ESGR recognition event in Carlsbad, N.M.

June 26, 2013
EM uses data collected at monitoring wells to determine groundwater migration patterns and potential risks.
Oak Ridge EM Program Collaborates with Regulators on Groundwater Strategy

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge EM program has joined state and federal regulators in a series of workshops to address contaminated groundwater on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

June 26, 2013
The 200 West Pump and Treat System is Hanford’s largest facility for treating contaminated groundwater.
Hanford Groundwater Contamination Areas Shrink as EM Exceeds Cleanup Goals

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers supporting groundwater cleanup for EM’s Richland Operations Office at the Hanford site have exceeded a fiscal year goal to remove 3,500 pounds of carbon tetrachloride from groundwater under the center of the site.

June 26, 2013
Team members gather for a photo after safely and successfully completing a complicated glove box separation.
Hanford Workers Achieve Success in Difficult Glove Box Project at Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) recently finished safely separating three glove boxes for removal from Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) after months of planning and preparation.

June 26, 2013
In this photo, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) receives an update on activities at C Farm from Office of River Protection (ORP) Manager Kevin Smith, left, and ORP Tank Farms Assistant Manager Tom Fletcher.
Senator Murray Visits Hanford

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) visited the Hanford site in Washington state recently, where she received an update on activities at C Farm, which is one of the groups of underground waste tanks at Hanford.

June 26, 2013
Leo Duffy served as head of DOE's nuclear cleanup program from 1989 to 1993.
Duffy Served as EM's First Assistant Secretary

Editor’s note: In an occasional EM Update series, we feature interviews with former EM Assistant Secretaries to reflect on their achievements and challenges in the world’s largest nuclear cleanup and to discuss endeavors in life after EM.

June 26, 2013
Lights, Camera, Action! In May 2013, an INDIGO FILMS production crew prepares for an interview with EM's Carlsbad Field Office Chief Scientist Roger Nelson. INDIGO FILMS is producing a segment on WIPP for a program that highlights interesting, non-public locations that should air on the Travel Channel this fall.
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Attracts World Interest

CARLSBAD, N.M. – If a picture is worth a thousand words, seeing EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M., is invaluable to understanding the service it provides to the nation.

June 26, 2013
Only the 620 employees at EM’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project earned the right to this vanity plate after working more than 14 million hours without a lost-time injury and safely and compliantly shipping more than 50,000 cubic meters of transuranic and mixed low-level radioactive waste for disposal.
Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project Achieves Impressive Safety and Production Marks

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – 14M50K is the new, genuinely unique vanity plate that only the 620 employees at EM’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the Idaho site have earned the right to put on their vehicles.