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October 30, 2013
A record 1,200 students and educators visited EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant for the fourth annual Science Alliance.
Record Number Attend EM's Science Alliance

PIKETON, Ohio – More than 1,200 students and educators from 23 southern Ohio schools visited EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site for the fourth annual Science Alliance earlier this month.

October 30, 2013
Workers drill holes for installation of electrodes as part of a heating system to help clean up contamination.
Groundwater Cleanup Progresses at Paducah Site

PADUCAH, Ky. – A belowground heating system is helping to clean up the leading source of groundwater contamination at EM’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.

October 30, 2013
The Separations Process Research Unit Demolition Project Safety Committee meets regularly with employees and supervisors to discuss safety issues and reinforce safe work habits.
Team Surpasses 1 Million Hours Safety Milestone

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – Vigilance and dedication to safety led the EM program’s disposition project team at the Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) to achieve a milestone of one million hours — over two-and-a-half-years — without injury or illness resulting in time away from work.

October 30, 2013
Hanford Fire Department Lt. Anthony Lovato, Jr. (left) urges his teammate, Capt. Sean Barajas, to carry the 175-pound life-sized dummy across the finish line at the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge in Everett, Wash.
Hanford Firefighters Compete in Combat Challenge

EVERETT, Wash. – Climbing a five-story tower isn’t an everyday experience for EM’s Hanford site firefighters, but it is one of the skills they must master in their job.

October 30, 2013
Grouting of two Savannah River Site waste tanks began in August. Here, the first trucks with grout arrive at F Tank Farm.
Progress Continues Toward Closure of Two Underground Waste Tanks at Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – The EM program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) is filling two radioactive liquid waste tanks with a cement-like grout in an effort to operationally close them this fall.

October 30, 2013
Magazine Bestows Safety Award on EM Contractor

RICHLAND, Wash. – A woman-owned small business prime contractor to EM’s Office of River Protection has been named one of America’s safest companies for 2013 by EHS Today magazine.

October 30, 2013
EM officials wrote a chapter of this book, described as a valuable resource for project managers, plant managers, engineers, regulators, training professionals, consultants and academics.
EM Contributes Expertise to Comprehensive Resource on Managing Nuclear Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM officials wrote a chapter of a recently published book, Managing Nuclear Projects – A Comprehensive Management Resource, which covers a range of areas with emphasis on process, requirements and lessons learned. Authors from France, Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Finland, Austria, and the U.S. contributed to the book.

October 30, 2013
Oak Ridge’s environmental database contains data from more than 14 million field samples. These samples provide a clear picture of clean and contaminated areas at the site.
Oak Ridge EM Program Upgrades Environmental Database for Public’s Ease of Use

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge is working to remediate contaminated areas in one of the EM program’s most diverse and complex cleanup sites due to the research and production that occurred there during the Manhattan Project and Cold War.

October 30, 2013
Hanford Federal Project Director Mark French explains the waste site remediation efforts taking place at the 618-10 Burial Ground to a member of the media.
Directors Advance EM Mission with Help from Rigorous Project Management Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nearly 160 EM employees maintain certifications from a project management program that helps them achieve successful outcomes in the Cold War cleanup.

October 30, 2013
Hnin Khaing of WIPP Laboratories checks a radiological sample, similar to what would be analyzed in an event like the one simulated in the exercise to test national readiness to respond to a large radiological event.
Program Led by EM's Carlsbad Field Office Joins Emergency Response in National Exercise

CARLSBAD, N.M. – For the first time, a program led by EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) that coordinates analytical capabilities throughout DOE for response to potential radiological incidents joined an exercise to test national readiness for such an event.