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November 26, 2013
A composite image comprised of dozens of photos taken inside C-110 provides a rare panoramic view of the tank interior. Portions of the tank floor and the FoldTrack waste-retrieval system are clearly visible.
Workers Complete Retrieval of 11th Single-Shell Tank at EM’s Hanford Site

Operators use multiple technologies to remove waste from underground storage tank

November 14, 2013
At the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), researchers are using two modular homes to test energy-efficient products and calculate their energy savings. Researchers test new technologies in the Experimental home (pictured above), while the Baseline home (not pictured) serves as a control and doesn’t get changed during any of the experiments. | Photo courtesy of PNNL.
PNNL’s Lab Homes Run Energy-Efficient Technologies Through the Paces

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are testing how new building technologies work and calculating their energy savings.

October 30, 2013
Hanford Fire Department Lt. Anthony Lovato, Jr. (left) urges his teammate, Capt. Sean Barajas, to carry the 175-pound life-sized dummy across the finish line at the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge in Everett, Wash.
Hanford Firefighters Compete in Combat Challenge

EVERETT, Wash. – Climbing a five-story tower isn’t an everyday experience for EM’s Hanford site firefighters, but it is one of the skills they must master in their job.

September 30, 2013
Hanford Contractor Receives Awards for Safety

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Hanford site contractor supporting EM’s cleanup program has again received a prestigious safety award from DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

September 30, 2013
Ben Harp, center, manager of Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant Start-up and Commissioning Integration, discusses the advantages of ORP's Cold Test Facility to a group of congressional and state legislative staffers during a recent tour.
Congressional, State Officials Tour Hanford’s Test Site for Safe Tank Waste Cleanup

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) recently hosted a group of congressional and state legislative staffers on a tour of the Hanford site.

September 30, 2013
A screenshot of Hanford's online groundwater monitoring annual report.
Groundwater Report Goes Online, Interactive

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) has moved its 1,200-page annual report on groundwater monitoring to a fully online and interactive web application.

September 13, 2013
CX-010993: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Characterizing the Response of the Cascadia Margin Gas Hydrate Reservoir to Climate Change
CX(s) Applied: A9
Date: 09/13/2013
Location(s): Washington
Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

September 5, 2013
Fun fact: Most systems require air conditioning or chilled water to cool super powerful supercomputers, but the Olympus supercomputer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is cooled by the location's 65 degree groundwater. Traditional cooling systems could cost up to $61,000 in electricity each year, but this more efficient setup uses 70 percent less energy. PNNL's scientists use the Olympus supercomputer to conduct advanced research in areas such as energy storage and future power grid development. This supercomputer has the ability to compute as fast as about 20,000 typical personal computers combined. | Photo courtesy of PNNL.
Photo of the Week: The Olympus Supercomputer

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

August 27, 2013
Hanford firefighters stand next to the 31-year-old chemical truck. Pictured, left to right, are Hanford Fire Lt. Robert Smith, Firefighter/Paramedic Kyle Harbert, Firefighter Don Blackburn and Capt. Sean Barajas.
Fire Department Gets New Trucks, Saves Money

RICHLAND, Wash. – Last year, the Hanford Fire Department (HFD) set out to replace its aging chemical truck used for metal fires. Originally purchased to respond to potential incidents at the Fast Flux Test Facility, the 31-year-old vehicle was at the end of its lifecycle.

August 27, 2013
The award recognized CH2M HILL for its excellence in the international water industry. CH2M HILL’s Water Business Group's International Client Sector Director Peter Nicol accepted the award from Global Water Awards Speaker and former Mexican President Vicente Fox.
Hanford’s 200 West Pump and Treat System Garners Worldwide Attention

RICHLAND, Wash. – A groundwater treatment system at the Hanford site is in the international spotlight and is being called a technological marvel.