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January 29, 2014
Former Assistant Secretary Shares Experiences Leading EM: ‘Highlight of My Profession’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an occasional EM Update series, we feature interviews with former EM Assistant Secretaries to reflect on their achievements and challenges in the world’s largest nuclear cleanup and to discuss endeavors in life after EM.

January 29, 2014
Sabrina Elam (left) and Lorri Wright, who work in procurement for SRNS, review the savings the company achieved.
Savannah River Site Saves $10 Million with Innovative Commercial Procurement Practices

AIKEN, S.C. – The management and operations contractor for the EM program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) created more than $10 million in cost savings in fiscal year 2013 by adopting successful purchasing practices used by America’s top companies.

January 29, 2014
A team from the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management observes equipment that will be used to retrieve highly radioactive sludge at the Hanford site. This pump was modified to fit the underwater environment where the sludge is stored.
Hanford Site Shares Lessons Learned in Retrieving Highly Radioactive Material

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (Richland) and its contractor, CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL), welcomed staff from the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Transuranic (TRU) waste processing team in Tennessee to the Hanford site recently to share lessons learned in the retrieval and processing of highly radioactive material, called sludge.

January 29, 2014
A cooling tower adjacent to a process building sustained damage when a tornado struck the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site Nov. 17.
Preparation Helps Paducah Site Weather Tornado

PADUCAH, Ky. – Emergency management is a systematic, integrated effort at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) site, a sprawling complex with more than 500 facilities and multiple work organizations.

January 29, 2014
Nevada National Security Site Groundwater Program Prepares for Peer Review

LAS VEGAS – The historic underground test area known as Yucca Flat is the focus of an upcoming independent peer review. In preparation, groundwater specialists working for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) groundwater program have scheduled a week-long dry run in February.

December 24, 2013
EM’s December Newsletter Recaps Cold War Cleanup Accomplishments in 2013

On Dec. 19, EM completed demolition of the 4.8 million-square-foot Building K-25 at Oak Ridge, a milestone that capped a busy and successful 2013 for the Cold War cleanup program.

December 24, 2013
Unusually heavy rain in early September caused flash flooding in canyons surrounding Los Alamos.
Waste and Water Top 2013 Accomplishments for Los Alamos EM Program

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Los Alamos National Laboratory’s biggest environmental cleanup accomplishments during 2013 centered around waste and water.

December 24, 2013
Crews tear though the final wall of Building K-25, bringing an end to the five-year demolition project.
Oak Ridge Focuses on Old and New in 2013

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - In 2013, the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management completed numerous projects. Some of the major accomplishments involved reaching two long-standing goals and progressing on the design of a new construction project.

December 24, 2013
The concrete “core” is removed from Tank C-105 after workers cut a 55-inch hole in the tank dome.
Cleanup Progresses at the Office of River Protection

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection’s (ORP) mission continues: to retrieve, treat and dispose of the 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste stored in large, underground tanks. In 2013, ORP maintained steady progress toward the successful completion of its mission.

December 24, 2013
A specialist with the Nevada National Security Site groundwater characterization team collects a groundwater sample at well PM-3 located on the Nevada Test and Training Range, which is Air Force controlled land surrounding the NNSS. Groundwater characterization activities address the impacts of historic nuclear testing on groundwater.
Nevada National Security Site Wraps Up 2013

LAS VEGAS – As 2013 activities come to a close, the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) reports several noteworthy accomplishments for the year.