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Left to right, ORP Federal Project Director & Assistant Manager Bill Hamel; Bechtel's WTP Project Manager Peggy McCullough; contractor AECOM's Gary Beyer and Roger Jarrell, Senior Advisor to the Energy Secretary for EM.  At bottom is ORP Dr. Sahid Smith.
Left to right, ORP Federal Project Director & Assistant Manager Bill Hamel; Bechtel's WTP Project Manager Peggy McCullough; contractor AECOM's Gary Beyer and Roger Jarrell, Senior Advisor to the Energy Secretary for EM. At bottom is ORP Dr. Sahid Smith.

Roger Jarrell, Senior Advisor to the Energy Secretary for EM, toured cleanup operations at the Hanford Site this month. Picture above, Office of River Protection's (ORP) Dr. Sahid Smith, chemical engineer for the Low-Activity Waste Pretreatment System, explains testing of the full-scale vessel and pulse-jet mixers for the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) to  Federal Project Director and Assistant Manager Bill Hamel, Bechtel's WTP Project Manager Peggy McCullough, contractor AECOM's Gary Beyer and Jarrell.

Roger Jarrell, third from right, met with tribal leaders at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center following his visit to Hanford.
Roger Jarrell, third from right, met with tribal leaders at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center following his visit to Hanford.

Roger Jarrell met with tribal leaders at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center following his visit to Hanford. Pictured with Jarrell (third from right) are, left to right, Patrick Wyena and Rex Buck of the Wanapum Tribe; Armand Minthorn and Leland Bill, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation; and Asa Washines of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.

Pictured left to right, DOE-Savannah River SWPF Project Office Facility Representative Steve Stamper, Roger Jarrell and SRS Manager Jack Craig visit the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF).
Pictured left to right, DOE-Savannah River SWPF Project Office Facility Representative Steve Stamper, Roger Jarrell and SRS Manager Jack Craig visit the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF).

Jarrell toured the Savannah River Site (SRS) in mid-July and met with community leaders and SRS stakeholders.  SWPF testing and commissioning is more than halfway complete, and the facility is on schedule to begin operating in December 2018.

In a tour of the SRS Saltstone Facilities, Jarrell, center, gathers with SRS officials atop the silos overlooking an area with the Saltstone vaults and the newly-completed Saltstone Disposal Unit (SDU) 6.
In a tour of the SRS Saltstone Facilities, Jarrell, center, gathers with SRS officials atop the silos overlooking an area with the Saltstone vaults and the newly-completed Saltstone Disposal Unit (SDU) 6.

The new 32.8-million gallon SDU 6 is more than 10 times larger than the six previously constructed Saltstone vaults and is the first of seven planned to store the remaining tank waste. See the related story on the SDU 6 in this newsletter issue. “I’m excited to see all of the positives here in accelerating DOE’s cleanup priorities,” Jarrell said. “There is a lot of good, tried-and-true work going on at SRS to support the classic EM cleanup completion story.” Pictured, left to right, are SRS Manager Jack Craig; Jarrell; DOE-Savannah River Assistant Manager for Waste Disposition Jim Folk; Liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Waste Treatment Facility Manager; and SRR Project Integration Manager Kim Hauer.

During his Oak Ridge visit, Jarrell, right, toured all EM-related projects and facilities, including the Transuranic Waste Processing Center. He met the employees who are processing and packaging waste for disposal at the WIPP near Carlsbad, New Mexico.
During his Oak Ridge visit, Jarrell, right, toured all EM-related projects and facilities, including the Transuranic Waste Processing Center. He met the employees who are processing and packaging waste for disposal at the WIPP near Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Jarrell, right, met with leaders and local stakeholders at a community reception in Oak Ridge, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory Site Office Manager Johnny Moore.
Jarrell, right, met with leaders and local stakeholders at a community reception in Oak Ridge, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory Site Office Manager Johnny Moore.
Roger Jarrell toured EM Portsmouth Site.
Roger Jarrell toured EM Portsmouth Site.

Cleanup contractor Fluor-BWXT’s Director Dennis Carr (left) and X-326 Process Building Deactivation Director Gary Hazlewood show Jarrell, center, posters depicting deactivation steps underway in a former uranium enrichment facility at EM’s Portsmouth Site. Jarrell toured the southern Ohio site and received updates on decontamination and decommissioning work.

Jarrell, front, third from left, was welcomed at a robotics training center at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant at the Portsmouth Site in Piketon July 19.
Jarrell, front, third from left, was welcomed at a robotics training center at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant at the Portsmouth Site in Piketon July 19.

The robotics training center at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant at the Portsmouth Site in Piketon is preparing cleanup personnel through the use of remote robots and virtual reality training, simulating work to be done in the former uranium enrichment plant being decontaminated and decommissioned.