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October 30, 2014
Workers with Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company load a piece of glovebox into a large standard waste box for transportation and disposal. The glovebox was removed from Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant, a former plutonium processing plant workers are preparing for demolition.
Online Tool Helps Save More Than $1 Billion

RICHLAND, Wash. – In 2011, EM’s Richland Operations Office faced issues common throughout the federal government: a future of fiscal restraint and the desire to complete more work with fewer dollars.

October 30, 2014
Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) Integration Manager Keith Harp (front right) points to the spot where the Savannah River Site’s liquid waste facilities transfer lines will connect to lines from the SWPF, which stands in the background. Looking on are, from left, Frank Sheppard, vice president and deputy project manager of Parsons, the SWPF contractor; EM Construction Oversight Representative Mike Mayo; EM SWPF Federal Project Director Pam Marks; EM SWPF Chief Engineer Robert Leugemors; EM SWPF Quality Assurance Manager David Quattlebaum; Parsons Vice President of Construction Chuck Swain; EM SWPF Construction Manager Teresa Tomac; SRR President and Project Manager Stuart MacVean; EM Waste Disposition Project Acting Assistant Manager Jim Folk; and EM SWPF Deputy Federal Project Director Shayne Farrell.
Transfer Lines to Connect Liquid Waste Facilities and Salt Waste Processing Facility

AIKEN, S.C. – Officials with the EM program at Savannah River Site (SRS) recently announced a key milestone in preparation for the startup of the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF): workers installed more than 1,200 feet of new transfer lines that will eventually connect existing liquid waste facilities to SWPF.

October 30, 2014
Julie Longenecker, left, and Jill Conrad, center, watch Keith Mendez handle obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass, which is part of a simulated fire hearth at the cultural test beds site.
Hanford Site, Tribes Raise Awareness of Culturally Significant Resources With Training Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – About seven acres in size, the cultural resources test beds site is a small area of the 586-square-mile Hanford site. But its impact is big.

October 30, 2014
Restoration of a 90-acre powerhouse ash basin at the Savannah River Site, pictured here, is under way as workers remove tens of millions of gallons of water from the basin.
EM Takes on Next Environmental Cleanup Challenge at SRS: Coal-Fired Ash

AIKEN, S.C. – A large, 1950s-era, coal-fired power plant sits cold and dark at the Savannah River Site (SRS), but employees with EM and its management and operations contractor are preparing to clean up the facility’s substantial quantities of ash generated over the decades.

October 30, 2014
High school juniors from throughout southern Ohio participate in the Science Alliance.
Portsmouth Science Alliance Attracts More than 1,000 Students, Educators

PIKETON, Ohio – As assistant principal of Portsmouth West High School, Eric Nichols was aware of EM’s Science Alliance, an interactive science fair aimed at high school juniors in southern Ohio. But this year he decided to get a firsthand look.

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).