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September 11, 2018
A worker shows the safety app on his tablet screen, which displays real-time heat indexes, heart rates, and hourly forecasts specific to the user’s location. Supervisors can track their team members’ health simultaneously using the tool.
Oak Ridge Finds New Ways to Monitor, Prevent Heat Stress
Temperatures often surge above 90 degrees during summer months at Oak Ridge, prompting the cleanup contractor to search for ways to keep workers safe.
September 11, 2018
Three quick-thinking Hanford Site workers were honored recently for saving the life of a coworker.
EM Contractor Recognizes Hanford Site Workers With Lifesaving Award
Three quick-thinking Hanford Site workers were honored recently for saving the life of a coworker.
September 6, 2018
DOE Environmental Management News Flash
Assistant Secretary White Lays Out Plans for Contracting, Regulatory Reform at Radwaste
Following is EM Assistant Secretary Anne White’s keynote address to the 2018 Radwaste Summit on Sept. 4, as prepared for delivery.
September 4, 2018
EM Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office's Johnny Reising, right, discusses progress on construction of the Portsmouth Site's Onsite Waste Disposal Facility with Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar from the facility's observation tower.
Under Secretary Dabbar Visits Portsmouth D&D Project
DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar visited the Portsmouth Site last week to learn more about EM’s cleanup.
September 4, 2018
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White
Assistant Secretary White Charts Vigorous Path for EM
EM Update recently spoke with EM Assistant Secretary Anne White about her early tenure as head of the DOE cleanup program and her vision for EM.
September 4, 2018
Energy Secretary Rick Perry honors the 2017 Hurricane Response Team with the Secretary of Energy Achievement Award.
EM Employees Among Recipients of Energy Secretary’s Achievement Award
The 2017 Hurricane Response Team —comprised of hundreds of DOE employees & contractors— was honored with the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.
September 4, 2018
Dr. Vahid Majidi, director of the SRNL, and Dr. Sandra J. Jordan, chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken, sign a memorandum of understanding establishing an affiliate program between the laboratory and the university at a September 4 event.
New Program Enables Students to Learn From Retired SRNL Professionals
EM’s SRNL and the USCA have agreed to create a collegiate affiliate program in which retired laboratory professionals enhance student learning.
September 4, 2018
WRPS summer interns assemble during their Hanford Site tour in June. The group visited the Cold Test Facility, a test site for new & innovative technologies used to safely remove radioactive & chemical waste from Hanford’s 177 underground storage tanks.
Interns Learn About EM’s Progress, Consider Future Cleanup Careers
Hundreds of college students and graduates arrived at sites across the DOE complex this summer for internships to gain hands-on job experience.
September 4, 2018
Oak Ridge officials stand with the DOE Voluntary Protection Program Star Site Award.
Oak Ridge’s Transuranic Waste Processing Center Receives Top DOE Safety Award
Employees at Oak Ridge’s TWPC received the DOE Voluntary Protection Program’s (VPP) distinguished Superior Star Award on Aug. 30.
September 4, 2018
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Subcontract Technical Representative Wayne Cadden, right, monitors crews as they resurface cracked, aging roads across the Savannah River Site.
SRS Saves Taxpayer Dollars by Recycling Asphalt for Site Roads
Workers are re-purposing thousands of tons of asphalt milled up from decades-old roads to resurface well-traveled gravel site arteries.
September 4, 2018
Nathan Morgan, a Washington River Protection Solutions project controls manager, stands with Junior Achievement regional director Susan Fillafer.
Hanford Employee Receives Junior Achievement Volunteer of the Year Award
Hanford cleanup contractor employee was recently named the Junior Achievement (JA) of Washington Southeastern Region’s 2017-18 Volunteer of the Year.
August 28, 2018
Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently toured the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and addressed federal and contractor staff in an all-hands meeting.
Secretary Perry Tours Nevada Site, Talks With Employees in All-Hands Meeting
Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently toured the NNSS and addressed federal and contractor staff in an all-hands meeting.
August 28, 2018
Christy Jackiewicz, deputy director for DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, speaks at URS|CH2M Oak Ridge’s (UCOR) 2018 small business awards program.
EM's Oak Ridge Contractor Sets New Bar for Small Business Contracting
Small businesses are crucial to EM's missions.
August 28, 2018
At the core of the SRNS Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP) is an investment in technical engineering and operational training. Participants complete short-term projects in a variety of facilities and processes across the site.
SRS Employs Novel Engineering Approaches to Increase Efficiency, Safety
EM & the SRS management & operations contractor are using new engineering approaches to improve operations, increase efficiency & make the site safer.
August 28, 2018
Portsmouth Non-Destructive Assay Technician Damon Horn, left, demonstrates how the lift assist of the exoskeletal device helps hold his arms in position.
Portsmouth Site Workers Evaluate ’Bionic’ Vests for Overhead Work
No, Damon Horn is not the “Six-Million-Dollar Man.” He doesn’t even try to imitate actor Lee Majors’s 1970s science fiction TV character.
August 28, 2018
Robin Brigmon, Savannah River National Laboratory senior fellow engineer, has served as a valuable contributor to the South Carolina Academy of Science for more than a decade.
Savannah River National Lab Engineer Continues STEM Education Support
Robin Brigmon, a senior fellow engineer with EM's SRNL, continued more than a decade of advancing the state’s scientific community.
August 28, 2018
Direct push technology is helping EM’s Office of River Protection gain a better understanding of the contamination around and underneath Hanford tanks.
Pushing the Depth of Understanding on Hanford Soil Contamination
EM's ORP and WRPS go to great lengths to learn more about the nature and extent of contamination around and beneath Hanford’s waste storage tanks.
August 28, 2018
Members of the team that completed the water utility services operations transfer, from left: Mike Winkel of Mission Support Alliance, and Sanjay Sanan and Kirk Heaton of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
EM Hanford Site Office Passes Water Utilities to Pacific Northwest National Lab
EM crews have demolished more than 200 facilities in the Hanford Site’s 300 Area that once used water utility services.
August 21, 2018
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White speaks during the fifth meeting of the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation in Tokyo on Aug. 8.
EM Assistant Secretary White Focuses on Collaboration in Japan Visit
First-person account by EM Asst Secretary Anne White on her trip to Japan, attending the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on CivIl Nuclear Cooperation.
August 21, 2018
Employees gather to celebrate completing a full year of shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
Oak Ridge Celebrates Completing One Year of Shipments to WIPP
Employees recently gathered at Oak Ridge’s TWPC to celebrate completing a full year of shipments to EM’s WIPP.
August 21, 2018
Workers use heavy equipment to take down the penthouse structure from atop the Vitrification Facility. Debris from the project will be size reduced, packaged, and shipped to a disposal facility.
WVDP Crews Take Down Penthouse as Vitrification Facility Demolition Nears End
Crews successfully removed a steel penthouse structure from atop the Vitrification Facility earlier this month at the WVDP site.
August 21, 2018
Workers at the 324 Building mockup install a remotely operated excavator for training purposes. The tool replicates the equipment that will remove part of the 324 Building’s floor and the highly radioactive soil beneath.
Workers Install Key Equipment in Hanford Mockup for Hazardous Soil Removal
Hanford Site workers added a critical component to a training facility this month to eventually help remove radioactive soil.
August 21, 2018
Workers remove an old chiller from atop the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project's treatment facility.
Idaho Chiller Replacements Lead to Taxpayer Savings, Reduced Energy Use
EM’s cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory site is helping protect the environment, reduce energy costs, and save taxpayer funds.
August 21, 2018
Workers rehabilitated six wells used to supply water to EM’s Portsmouth Site.
Portsmouth Site Rehabilitates Well Field Water Flow
EM’s Portsmouth Site recently rehabilitated 6 water wells, restoring them to the original design performance with substantially increased flow rates.
August 16, 2018
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Releases Request for Information/Sources Sought for the Nuclear Containment Ventilation Systems and Components Evaluation and Qualifi...
DOE Releases Request for Information/Sources Sought for the Nuclear Containment Ventilation Systems and Components Evaluation and Qualification Testin