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August 31, 2016
The 235-F Risk Reduction “Dream Team” at SRS: (back row, from left)  Antonio Jenkins, Tim Smith, Pete Smith, Roy Jones, Michael Sims, Wayne Minton, Tony McCall, Ronnie Farmer, Debbie Coleman, Sylvester Palmer, (front row, from left) Franklin McKinnis, Jamellia Reid, Greg Hughes, Angela Steward, David Miller. Not pictured: Clem Campbell.
Hand-Picked ‘Dream Team’ Tackles Former Plutonium Facility

AIKEN, S.C. – When it came time to clean up a hazardous facility, EM’s management and operations contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) took a novel approach: assemble an elite, handpicked team of experienced professionals for the job.

August 31, 2016
Workers construct the vertical storage casks to contain the canisters of vitrified high-level radioactive waste.
EM’s West Valley Site is Halfway Complete Relocating High-Level Waste

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) has crossed the halfway mark in its work to relocate 278 canisters of vitrified high-level radioactive waste for eventual disposal offsite.

August 31, 2016
Hanford Site Workers Apply Fixative to Lock Down Facility’s Contamination

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM recently completed one of the final activities before the safe demolition of a major building at the Plutonium Finishing Plant complex.

August 31, 2016
Angled drilling at an injection well at the project site.
Deep-Angled Drilling Enables EM Chromium Project to Meet Goals

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM’s Los Alamos Field Office is working to stop a contaminant plume in a regional aquifer from migrating beyond Los Alamos National Laboratory’s boundary.

August 31, 2016
An auger grinds up waste, piping material and soil from a vertical pipe unit at the 618-10 Burial Ground.
EM Contractor ‘Finishes Strong’ at Hanford Site's 618-10 Burial Ground

RICHLAND, Wash. – Scott Sax had a simple goal for his company in the final months of the River Corridor Closure Project at the Hanford Site.

August 31, 2016
Thor Zollinger with Manta Robotics uses a rod to rotate the camera to perform the visual tank inspection with the HD camera.
DUF6 Conversion Project Uses Technology to Reduce Hazards

LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM has adopted a safer, more effective method for internal tank inspections at the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Plants at the Paducah, Kentucky and Portsmouth, Ohio sites.

August 31, 2016
Crews erect the ninth and final building over a portion of a 97-acre landfill that accepted Rocky Flats-generated hazardous and radioactive waste from 1954 until 1970. Once the structure is completed in 2017, crews will exhume the last targeted waste at the landfill required under a 2008 record of decision between DOE, the state of Idaho, and Environmental Protection Agency.
Construction Begins on Idaho Site’s Final Building for Waste Retrieval

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Construction is under way on the ninth and final building for crews to exhume buried Cold War weapons waste at the Idaho Site generated decades ago at the former Rocky Flats Plant near Denver.

August 31, 2016
H Canyon Senior Control Room Operators Deborah Thomas (top) and Audrey Davis prepare for the startup of the First Cycle unit operations, marking the first time this operation has ran in more than five years.
H Canyon Moves Closer to Low Enriched Uranium Blend Down

AIKEN, S.C. – The Savannah River Site’s (SRS) H Canyon has moved closer to restarting low enriched uranium (LEU) blend down by turning on the First Cycle unit operation for the first time in more than five years.

August 31, 2016
RAD CON Team is Highly Trained to Clean EM’s West Valley Site

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) RAD CON Team — 25 highly trained radiological control workers — is preparing contaminated facilities and equipment for demolition in 2017 and placing canisters of high-level waste (HLW) into safe, interim storage until they can be disposed in an approved facility.

August 15, 2016
The Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at EM's Idaho Site.
Testing at Colorado Research Facility to Benefit Idaho Waste Treatment Facility

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Fluor Idaho, the new cleanup contractor at EM’s Idaho Site, is using a Colorado technology research and development facility to help resolve complex challenges related to the initiation of liquid waste treatment operations at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU).