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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.

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.