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July 3, 2012
DOE Announces Additional Tour Seats Available: Tours of B Reactor at the Hanford Site Begin and End in Richland, Wash.

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made additional seats available for tours of the B Reactor National Historic Landmark this July and August.

June 29, 2012
This slice can help sequester carbon. The x-ray microtomography image shows a slice of biofilm grown on a porous hollow fiber (500 microns in diameter). By working with the chemical and physical interactions of biofilms, we can gain insight into how microorganisms can help sequester carbon, reducing environmental impact. This photo was submitted to Pacific Northwest National Lab's 2012 Science as Art Contest by Mathew Thomas and the Systems Toxicology Group.

Receiving the most likes on Facebook, this photo won the People's Choice award and will appear in the Lab's 2013 Calendar.
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June 20, 2012
Seventh Chapter of Hanford Story Released to Public: Chapter Covers Cleanup along Columbia River - Breathtaking river views…nice graphics…glimpses of the future of Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy is releasing the seventh chapter of The Hanford Story video series to the public today.

June 14, 2012
N Reactor Placed In Interim Safe Storage: Largest Hanford Reactor Cocooning Project Now Complete

RICHLAND, WASH. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) River Corridor contractor, Washington Closure Hanford, has completed placing N Reactor in interim safe storage, a process also known as “cocooning.”

June 12, 2012
WRPS Earns Award for Mentoring Local Small Businesses

Richland - Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) has been awarded a 2011 DOE Small Business Award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the company’s leadership in mentoring local small businesses.

June 8, 2012
Hanford Selects Small Business for $99M Contract

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, employing half of all workers in America and creating two out of every three new jobs in the U.S.

June 1, 2012
The Mobile Arm Retrieval System (MARS), the largest robotic arm ever inserted into a Department of Energy waste storage tank, is back at work in one of Hanford’s underground storage tanks where it has removed nearly 133,000 gallons of waste
Robotic Arm Back to Work at Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – A remotely operated robotic arm is back at work retrieving waste from one of Hanford’s underground waste storage tanks.

June 1, 2012
Dean Neshem, a pump-and-treat operations and maintenance engineer, observes operations at one of the Hanford site's five groundwater treatment facilities. Based on 
technical recommendations from DOE, CH2M HILL engineers tested and compared multiple resins to determine the products capable of removing contaminants from the groundwater.
New Resin Brings Efficiencies to Groundwater Treatment along Columbia River at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Richland Operations Office and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company are using a new treatment material that is expected to increase treatment efficiency and reduce annual operating costs at treatment facilities by $1 million per year at the Hanford site in southeast Washington State.

June 1, 2012
Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga speaks during an event announcing the completion of work to place N Reactor in safe storage.
EM’s Top Official Celebrates ‘Cocooning’ of Reactor Dedicated by President Kennedy Decades Ago

RICHLAND, Wash. – In 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited the Hanford site in southeastern Washington state to dedicate N Reactor.