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February 25, 2016
Workers survey an auger for contamination levels at Hanford’s 618-10 Burial Ground.
Hanford Progresses in Burial Ground Cleanup

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and cleanup contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) are making tremendous progress cleaning up Hanford’s 618-10 Burial Ground, one of the most hazardous burial grounds in the EM complex.

September 30, 2015
A historic home with low-e storm windows. Image: QUANTA Technologies, Inc.
EERE Success Story—Performance Validation of Low-e Storm Windows Paves Way for Market Acceptance

One recent addition to the arsenal of cost-effective efficiency measures is low-emissivity (low-e) storm windows. A low-e coating or glazing is a thin layer deposited directly on the surface of one or more panes of glass. The coating increases the window’s energy efficiency by reflecting radiant heat. Installing a low-e storm window over a low performing window can reduce a home’s heating and cooling costs by 10%–35%.

September 10, 2015
As part of the Better Buildings Challenge, Camas School District in Washington not only surpassed its energy efficiency goals, but did so five years early. | Photo courtesy of Camas School District.
EERE Success Story—Making the Grade: Washington School District Invest in Energy Efficiency

A Washington State school district achieved 28% savings on its energy bills as part of its commitment to the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge. Camas School District committed one million square feet of buildings in an effort to reduce energy usage 20% by 2020.  Now, the district has exceeded its goal five years early. 

June 30, 2015
Cleanup Performance Prompts Contract Changes at Hanford’s River Corridor

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office has added an additional year to the current River Corridor Closure contract held by Washington Closure Hanford (WCH).

June 30, 2015
 A radiation control technician surveys the radiation levels in the basement level of the F Reactor.
Hanford Site Inspections Give Four Cocooned Reactors Clean Bill of Health

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers at the Hanford Site took a step back in time as they removed welds from the doors and entered four of the site’s cocooned reactors for required inspections.

May 7, 2015
EERE Success Story—Fundamental Studies in Catalysis Enabled the use of Efficient “Lean-Burn” Engines for Vehicle Transportation

Building on a catalysis research program sponsored by EERE’s Vehicles Technology Office (VTO) and DOE’s Office of Science, researchers at Cummins, Inc. and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed technology that has significantly reduced harmful emissions from many of today’s fuel-efficient diesel engines. The same research program also advanced the foundational understanding of catalyst structures and reactions, leading among other things to a 2009 publication in Science.

March 30, 2015
Employees cut a ventilation duct attached to the last glove box in the former processing portion of the facility. This work is performed in plastic enclosures to limit the spread of contamination.
Progress Continues Toward Demolition of Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – Piece by piece, workers are safely and compliantly preparing to demolish a relic of Cold War plutonium production at the Hanford site.

March 5, 2015
EA-1949: Notice of Cancellation

Admiralty Inlet Pilot Tidal Project, Puget Sound, Washington

March 3, 2015
EA-1934: 2014 Annual Report for Mitigation Action Plan

Expansion of Active Borrow Areas, Hanford Site, Richland, Washington