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December 23, 2014
Workers demolish support buildings surrounding the Plutonium Finishing Plant to create a cleared area for heavy equipment to demolish the plant’s main processing buildings.
Removal of 1,082-Ton Reactor Among Richland Operations Office’s 2014 Accomplishments

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers with EM’s Richland Operations Office and its contractors made progress this year in several areas of Hanford site cleanup that helped protect employees, the public, environment, and Columbia River.

December 23, 2014
Scott Sax, president of Washington Closure Hanford, center, describes deactivation and decommissioning activities at the 618-10 Burial Ground to CNL decommissioning specialists.
EM Hosts Successful Visit from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of D&D and Facility Engineering (D&D/FE) hosted decommissioning professionals from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) — Canada's premier nuclear technology and engineering organization — for two days at EM’s Hanford site in November this year. CNL was formerly known as Atomic Energy Canada Ltd.

December 23, 2014
A truck carrying the last two solidified liners from the SPRU Disposition Project sludge campaign leaves the site in late February.
SPRU Removes High-Risk Radioactive Waste

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – EM’s Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) Disposition Project completed a significant waste-treatment campaign in February that involved the solidification of approximately 9,700 gallons of contaminated sludge and 14 shipments of the waste off-site for permanent disposal.

December 23, 2014
Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project employees close a waste shipment container.
EM Highlights Idaho Site's 2014 Accomplishments

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The EM program at the Idaho site and its cleanup contractors ended 2014 with many accomplishments.

December 23, 2014
An NNSS firefighter gives Nye County residents a briefing at the Mercury Fire Station on the NNSS.
Nevada Site Celebrates 2014, Makes Way for 2015

LAS VEGAS – It was a busy and successful 2014 for EM teams engaged in the cleanup of Cold War sites at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and Nevada Test and Training Range.

December 23, 2014
EM’s Cost Estimating & Analysis Division includes, from left, Lori Erbele, Michael Mills, Russ Donaldson, Allen Moe, Steve Olszewski, Kevin Barry, and Terry Brennan.
EM’s Cost Estimating Program Highlights 2014 Accomplishments

CINCINNATI – EM’s ability to negotiate government contracts with the best value for taxpayers is supported by the challenging work of employees who first determine the fair value of services under these contracts.

December 23, 2014
A waste disposition operator applies spray foam to a waste box to stabilize the contents and fill void space before the container is shipped off site for disposal.
West Valley Accomplishments: Year in Review

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM and its contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) made significant progress in decommissioning the former nuclear fuel reprocessing center this year, with a focus on preparing for high-level waste (HLW) relocation, deactivation and demolition of site facilities and shipment of waste for off-site disposal.

December 23, 2014
Oak Ridge’s EM program began the K-31 Demolition Project in 2014. It is scheduled for completion in 2015 as part of EM’s goal to remove all of the site’s uranium enrichment facilities by 2016.
Ambitious Vision Drives Oak Ridge’s Progress

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Cleanup and transfer of the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) remains one of the Oak Ridge EM office’s highest priorities. This task paves the way for a cleaner environment and enables economic reuse at the site that will benefit the entire region.

November 26, 2014
Workers reached a record-breaking depth of 1,100 feet with a sonic drill rig.
Los Alamos Drills to Record-breaking Depths

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – The EM-supported Environmental Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory is pushing the limits of drilling technology with the use of a sonic drill rig to drill coreholes more than 1,100 feet deep in support of a chromium remediation project.

November 26, 2014
Debris from the former mill buildings at the Moab site is excavated from the mill tailings pile.
Moab Project Exceeds 5 Years of Operations Without Lost-Time Injury, Illness

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – It has been more than five years since workers on the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project in Utah had a lost-time injury or illness. This represents roughly 2.2 million hours of safe work.