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May 17, 2012
Shown here are high-resolution, three-dimensional ERT images of contaminant distribution
Technologies Provide High-Resolution Subsurface Imaging of Vadose Zone Contamination at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – Cold War waste disposal practices resulted in both planned and unplanned releases of large amounts of radionuclide and heavy metal contamination into the subsurface throughout the DOE complex.

May 7, 2012
EA-1855: Mitigation Action Plan

Creston-Bell Rebuild Project, Lincoln and Spokane Counties, Washington (aka DOE/EA-4406)

May 7, 2012
EA-1855: Finding of No Significant Impact

Creston-Bell Rebuild Project, Lincoln and Spokane Counties, Washington (aka DOE/EA-4406)

May 7, 2012
EA-1855: Final Environmental Assessment

Creston-Bell Rebuild Project, Lincoln and Spokane Counties, Washington (aka DOE/EA-4406)

May 1, 2012
Workers use a lift to access part of the 200 West Groundwater Treatment Facility.
Hanford Treatment Facility Achieves First Gold Ranking for Sustainable Design in EM Complex: New groundwater treatment facility will be Hanford’s largest, greenest pump-and-treat system

RICHLAND, Wash. – A major facility for treating groundwater contaminated by plutonium production at the Hanford site has received the first Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for sustainable design in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) complex of sites that conducted nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

April 25, 2012
Department of Energy Announces Intent to Extend Hanford Site Contract

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy (DOE) plans to extend CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company’s contract for environmental cleanup at the Hanford Site by another five years.

April 25, 2012
Audit Report: IG-0863

The Department of Energy's $12.2 Billion Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant – Quality Assurance Issues – Black Cell Vessels

April 24, 2012
Conceptual site model for evaluating soil vapor extraction system performance to determine
if the system should be optimized, terminated, or transitioned to another approach.
New Approach to Assess Volatile Contamination in Vadose Zone Provides Path Forward for Site Closure

RICHLAND, Wash. and LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Through the Deep Vadose Zone-Applied Field Research Initiative (DVZ-AFRI), scientists and engineers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, federal agencies, and the scientific community are collaborating to develop effective, science-based solutions for remediating, characterizing, monitoring, and predicting the behavior and fate of deep vadose zone contamination.

April 20, 2012
Michael Dunn, Deputy Director of Facilities Management at Argonne National Laboratory, setup a program that encouraged employees to cut their energy use during peak summer months and resulted in more than $475,000 in savings. Here he stands next to an electrical vehicle fueling station that charges cars with solar energy. | Image courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Earth Day: Leading by Example

We’re not just interested in talking the talk at the Energy Department, it’s important to us to walk the walk. To do that, we’re working every day across the country to make our operations more sustainable and efficient. Take these employees, for example.

April 18, 2012
Sixth Chapter of Hanford Story Released to Public: Chapter Covers History and Cleanup of Most Hazardous Facility at Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy is releasing the sixth chapter of The Hanford Story video series to the public today. "Plutonium Finishing Plant" provides viewers with a look at the history and cleanup of the highest hazard facility remaining at the Hanford Site.