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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.

May 31, 2012
Department of Energy Cites Bechtel National, Inc. for Worker Safety and Health Violations

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Bechtel National, Incorporated (BNI) for two material handling incidents.

May 22, 2012
Lab Breakthrough: ADM Leads to Petroleum-Free Glycol Production Facility

Pacific Northwest's applied research in renewable propylene glycol has led to the first industrial-scale facility producing the renewable alternative to the petroleum-based version that's found in everything from lipstick to plastics.

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