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May 28, 2015
EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, right, with Santa Clara Gov. J. Michael Chavarria at the Puye Cliffs.
EM Officials Visit Four New Mexico Pueblos, Meet with Tribal Leadership

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM officials recently traveled to four pueblos in New Mexico to visit with Tribal leaders, demonstrating DOE’s commitment to maintaining its government-to-government relations with the Tribes.

May 28, 2015
TEPP provides federal, state, local, and Tribal responders with the plans, training, and technical assistance necessary to safely, efficiently, and effectively respond to radiological transportation accidents.
Lights…Camera…Training!

PAHRUMP, Nev. – A dramatic scene played out on a closed road here, with emergency responders — and a cast of actors, multiple cameras, makeup, and film crew — at a mock car crash.

May 28, 2015
Darryl Pea of Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project demonstrates use of a wind-speed meter to a class at Carlisle County Middle School.
Paducah Area Students See Opportunities in STEM

PADUCAH, Ky. – Encouraging student interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is critical to meeting EM’s future challenges related to environmental cleanup and decontaminating and decommissioning nuclear facilities.

May 28, 2015
Isidro Chavez with his mother, Adela.
Determination Leads Employee on Career Fast Track at EM’s Office of River Protection

RICHLAND, Wash. – Even though she only understood two words, it was probably the best early Mother’s Day present ever for Adela Chavez.

May 28, 2015
A pup is a reusable blue overpack that weighs about 360 pounds.
Unique Waste Leaves Portsmouth in a ‘Pup’

PIKETON, Ohio – Workers at EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Site recently closed the lid on a brand new transportation container called a ‘pup’ and sent it off site for treatment and disposal.

May 28, 2015
EM’s Richland Operations Office Marks Milestone in Preparing its Highest-Risk Facility for Demolition

Hanford workers safely and compliantly packaged and prepared for disposal the last of more than 50 pencil tank assemblies from the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) recently. The tanks are nicknamed pencil tanks due to their long, narrow shape.

May 28, 2015
The Fifth Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Joint Convention took place this month at the IAEA headquarters.
EM Contributes to Joint Convention Meeting

EM officials recently participated in the Fifth Review Meeting of the Parties to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (Joint Convention) at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters.

May 28, 2015
EM and Nez Perce officials visit the Bio-Control Center on the Nez Perce Reservation. From left to right: Kristen Ellis, EM Office of Intergovernmental and Community Activities Director; Gabe Bohnee, Manager of the Nez Perce Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Program; Stacy Charboneau, EM Richland Operations Office (RL) Manager; Mark Whitney, EM Acting Assistant Secretary; Jill Conrad, RL Tribal Program Manager; Josiah Pinkham with Nez Perce Cultural Resources; and Jack Bell, Nez Perce National Resource Trustee Representative.
Head of EM Visits Northwest Tribes

EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney recently traveled to Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to visit the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Wanapum Band, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and Nez Perce Tribe.

May 28, 2015
Transuranic waste sorting activities at the Idaho Cleanup Project.
EM Contractor’s Success in Addressing Challenging Waste Leads to More Cleanup Work

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The EM program’s Idaho Site cleanup contractor CH2M-WG Idaho’s (CWI) success last year in treating and packaging 6,000 drums of radioactive and hazardous waste left over from the Cold War weapons program has spawned additional cleanup work for the company.

April 29, 2015
SRR employees work through the Lean process.
EM’s Liquid Waste Contractor Produces $21 Million in Savings with ‘Lean’ System

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) achieved more than $21 million in savings in its first full year using a system that focuses on continuous efficiency and quality improvement.