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September 30, 2014
The 242-A Evaporator facility.
Hanford Begins New Campaign to Remove Excess Water from Double-Shell Tanks

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection has begun operating its evaporator facility to remove about 800,000 gallons of excess water from Hanford’s double-shell tanks of high-level radioactive and chemical waste.

September 30, 2014
Field technicians survey a shaker used in past cleanup operations.
EM Tackles Cleanup at Tonopah Test Range

NEVADA – Environmental cleanup experts spent the last weeks of summer on the Tonopah Test Range addressing contaminated equipment and debris at two historical nuclear testing locations.

September 30, 2014
From left to right, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fuel Cycle Technologies John Herczeg, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto, and UK National Nuclear Laboratory Managing Director Paul Howarth sign a Statement of Intent amendment at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.
UK Nuclear Cleanup and Research Experts Visit DOE to Expand Collaboration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Kingdom’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) met with senior members of EM and DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) recently to amend a landmark Statement of Intent to include the NNL in collaborations on radioactive waste and nuclear materials cleanup and management.

September 30, 2014
Discussions on safety issues are incorporated into simulated work at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Plant, including when workers learn procedures in mockup situations, such as a practice session on solidifying used hydraulic oil, pictured here.
AMWTP Receives Award of Excellence for Safety

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the Idaho site was recently presented with the Department’s Voluntary Protection Program’s (VPP) Star of Excellence award.

September 30, 2014
EM SSAB Chairs, Vice Chairs, and staff attend the September 2014 Chairs' meeting in Idaho Falls.
EM Citizens Advisory Board Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Meets in Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB) held its Chairs Meeting here, and it coincided with the board’s 20-year anniversary.

September 30, 2014
Shown here is H-Canyon, where workers recently dissolved the last spent nuclear fuel that was a potential safety hazard.
EM Eliminates Potential Safety Hazard at SRS

AIKEN, S.C. – Workers in the EM program recently dissolved the last spent nuclear fuel that represented a health and safety concern at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

September 30, 2014
EM and contractor staff of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site prepare shipments of food to local pantries as part of the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office’s 2014 Feds Feed Families effort.
Portsmouth/Paducah Employees, Contractors Donate 17,500 Pounds of Food

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Employees and contractors of EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) donated more than 17,541 pounds of food to families in need in their local communities as part of the federal government’s 2014 Feds Feed Families campaign.

September 30, 2014
A team of drillers installs a well to support groundwater treatment operations at the Hanford site.
Hanford Treats Groundwater Ahead of Schedule

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) are ahead of schedule in meeting EM's annual goals for treating contaminated groundwater at the Hanford site in southeast Washington state.

September 30, 2014
LaChelle Telfair, LATA Kentucky Nuclear Material Control and Accounting representative, takes notes inside a storage facility that contains cold traps removed from the C-410 Feed Plant.
Cleanup Contractor Achieves ‘Elite’ Nuclear Material Accountability Status

PADUCAH, Ky. – EM’s cleanup contractor at the Paducah site has received national acclaim for timeliness of reporting and promptness in reconciling nuclear material inventories.

August 28, 2014
From left, Colmon Elrige, executive assistant to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear; Jennie Freels, quality assurance support and programs manager; and Michelle Dudley, quality assurance manager. Freels and Dudley are with LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky.
Cleanup Contractor at Paducah Site Receives Performance Excellence Award

PADUCAH, Ky. – The environmental cleanup contractor at EM’s Paducah site has been honored for demonstrating serious commitment to performance improvement principles.