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April 14, 2016
EM Shares Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Lessons Learned with Nuclear Energy Agency

PARIS – EM officials shared lessons learned from the 2014 Waste Isolation Pilot Plant underground fire and radiological release with the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Division of Radiological Protection and Radioactive Waste Management in a seminar in Paris recently.

April 14, 2016
Award Fee Determination Shows Performance Improvement in WTP Contractor

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM Office of River Protection (ORP) Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) contractor Bechtel National Inc. improved its performance slightly in calendar year 2015 compared to the last half of 2014, earning 66 percent of its possible award fee, or $8.31 million out of a possible $12.6 million.

April 14, 2016
U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse (far left), U.S. Rep. Dennis Heck, (third from left),  Richland Operations Office Manager Stacy Charboneau (second from left), John Ciucci, CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company President (third from right), Office of River Protection Manager Kevin Smith (second from right), and CH2M Maintenance and Groundwater Operations Director Bill Barrett (far right) at 200 West Area groundwater treatment facility.
U.S. Representatives Newhouse, Heck Tour Hanford Site Projects, Facilities

RICHLAND, Wash. – U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse and U.S. Rep. Dennis Heck toured various projects and facilities at the Hanford Site on April 11, including the Waste Treatment Plant, C Tank Farm, 200 West Area groundwater treatment facility, Plutonium Finishing Plant, and Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility.

April 14, 2016
Tour participants are provided additional information on Yucca Flat geology. Radomski is second from right in the front row.
After Years of Curiosity, Resident Learns Firsthand About EM’s Cleanup on Tour

LAS VEGAS – Carrie Radomski had never been to the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) despite living in Beatty, about 30 miles from Pahute Mesa, a historical underground testing area at the site.

April 14, 2016
Jeff King reviews safety postings on doors at PFP, which are adjusted as safety controls at PFP are changed.
Matching Controls to Declining Risks at the Hanford Site's Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – Imagine cutting a hole in the side of a nuclear facility that once produced weapons-grade plutonium to safely remove debris.

April 14, 2016
EM, N.M. Officials Celebrate New Emergency Center for Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney joined New Mexico officials and others to mark the completion of a new state-of-the-art Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Emergency Operations Center in a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently.

April 14, 2016
Pictured from left are Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) Project Manager Phil Breidenbach; EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto; EM Acting Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Frank Marcinowski; Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Facility Representative-in-Training Phil Theisen; Hannah Paterson, who is serving a five-month assignment in EM as a member of the United Kingdom nucleargraduate program; NWP Hoistman Javier Leyva; and CBFO Office of Program Management and National TRU Program Assistant Manager Casey Gadbury.
EM Cleanup Chief Surveys Progress in Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Underground

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto recently toured the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) to view progress toward safely resuming waste disposal operations there later this year.

April 14, 2016
Simulated low-activity waste is cooled in a prototypic steel container as part of ORP-sponsored testing at a Columbia, Md., facility in September 2003.
Study Builds Knowledge of Nuclear Waste Glass, Provides Insight to Facility Design

RICHLAND, Wash. – An EM Office of River Protection (ORP)-directed study recently helped determine accurate temperature measurement methods for heat dissipation from high-level and low-activity waste containers during the vitrification process at the Hanford Site’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP).

April 14, 2016
Richard Mayer, right, is pictured with Portsmouth Site Director Dr. Vincent Adams with a plaque commemorating Mayer’s accomplishment.
Portsmouth Site Engineer Authors Safety Standard

PIKETON, Ohio – Decontaminating and decommissioning a more than 60-year-old Cold War uranium enrichment facility at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant is a task of extraordinary magnitude requiring stringent policies and procedures so work can be performed safely.

April 14, 2016
National Nuclear Security Administration Official Tours Cleanup Operations for Navy

RICHLAND, Wash. – Adm. James F. Caldwell Jr., director of the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration’s Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, recently toured the Hanford Site cleanup activities managed by EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL). RL Manager Stacy Charboneau welcomed Caldwell to the site.