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June 30, 2015
JD Hope (left) and Kevin Carr, with SRNS Regulatory Integration and Environmental Services, prepare a container of fluorescent tubes for recycling at the SRS Recycling Center.
From Silver to Lead, SRS Turns Trash to Treasure

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s contractor for the nuclear cleanup at the Savannah River Site (SRS) operates a robust recycling program that allows for the reuse of precious metals, electronics, scrap metal, and shell casings from trainings for the site’s security force.

June 30, 2015
An innovative computerized process now used at SRS allows for highly efficient management of environmental sampling information. SRNS Environmental Monitoring Program Field Technician Rebecca Sturdivant checks the calibration of a flowmeter installed near a small stream at SRS.
Innovative, Safer Alternatives Improve Environmental Sampling at Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – Dr. Ruth Patrick was a visionary in environmental monitoring.

June 30, 2015
Mixing It Up

PADUCAH, Ky. – A 150-foot-tall crane turns an eight-foot-diameter auger performing deep-soil mixing at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s southwest groundwater plume. More than 260 borings are being made to a depth of about 60 feet to remove a source of trichloroethene groundwater contamination.

June 30, 2015
Training through use of virtual reality technology at Savannah River National Laboratory.
Virtual Reality for Nuclear Material Handling

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is applying a high-tech solution to complex and dangerous workforce training: virtual reality.

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.

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.

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.