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September 27, 2018
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
Energy Department Approves Extension of Portsmouth Site Cleanup Contract
Energy Department Approves Extension of Portsmouth Site Cleanup Contract
September 25, 2018
Before photo of the Vitrification Facility demolition at the West Valley Demonstration Project Site.
EM Crews Successfully Complete Major Demolition at West Valley
Crews last week successfully completed safe demolition of the 10,000-square-foot vitrification plant.
September 25, 2018
Buddy Cunningham, left, and Marty Doornbos with CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company’s soil and groundwater remediation program review components of a system to prevent uranium from reaching the groundwater and nearby Columbia River.
Hanford Workers Prevent Contaminants From Reaching Groundwater
A significant effort at the Hanford Site will reduce the risk of below-ground uranium reaching the Columbia River.
September 25, 2018
Hanford tank farm workers wear specialized protective equipment to protect them from workplace hazards including potential exposure to chemical vapors.
Protecting Workers from Chemical Vapors is Key Focus at Hanford
The EM ORP and Hanford tank farms contractor WRPS continue to take actions to protect workers from potential exposure to chemical vapors.
September 25, 2018
CPR training and certification was the focus of one of the 100 free classes at SafetyFest Tennessee.
Oak Ridge SafetyFest Draws 1,200 Participants From 23 States
More than 1,200 people from 23 states attended this year’s SafetyFest Tennessee to gain valuable safety training they can apply at work and home.
September 25, 2018
Members of the public view a model of an underground waste storage tank at the Cold Test Facility, one of the stops on this year’s Hanford Site cleanup tour.
Hanford Site Public Outreach Program Tops 330 Visitors During Tour Season
More than 330 visitors from across the country checked a Hanford Site visit off their summer bucket lists this year.
September 25, 2018
Butch Richister, left, and Brad Shealy, helicopter pilots with Savannah River Site security contractor Centerra-SRS, were recognized for quickly responding to a wildfire they observed during a routine security overflight on the site.
Security Contractor's Helicopter Pilots Respond to Wildfire on Savannah River Site
Helicopter pilots Butch Richister and Brad Shealy departed the aviation facility at SRS for a routine security overflight one night this past summer.
September 25, 2018
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory’s 2018 undergraduate cohort: Front row, Laura Stabler-Tindal, Kaiya Cain, Heaven Tharp, Fredericka Tucker, and Sierra Britt; back row, Christian Moreno Gomez, Ryne Maness, Kristopher Weekes, and Trevaris Brown.
SRS Offers Undergraduates Landscape to Study Radioecology
With its diverse flora and fauna, the landscape of the SRS, provides both an essential and rare opportunity for undergraduate students.
September 25, 2018
Savannah River Remediation Environmental, Safety, and Health Programs Manager Kevin Smith, right, accepts the Voluntary Protection Program Legacy of Stars Award from DOE Office of Worker Safety and Health Assistance Director Brad Davy.
Savannah River Site Contractors Earn DOE Legacy of Stars Safety Award
Two prime contractors at EM’s SRS earned the Legacy of Stars award at the 34th annual National Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association
September 25, 2018
Nevada Site-Specific Advisory Board Administrator Barb Ulmer delivers the EM Nevada Program’s learning materials to James Cashman Middle School in Las Vegas.
EM Nevada Distributes More Than 3,400 Learning Materials
In a public outreach success, the EM Nevada Program gave out 3,400 free activity books and lesson plans to teachers, students, and parents.
September 20, 2018
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Releases Request for Proposal for Hanford Mission Essential Services Contract
DOE Releases Request for Proposal for Hanford Mission Essential Services Contract
September 19, 2018
DOE Environmental Management News Flash
EM's Next Business Opportunity Forum is Set for Oct. 4 in Knoxville
EM's next quarterly public forum to discuss upcoming business opportunities in the legacy nuclear cleanup program is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4.
September 18, 2018
DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar speaks during the keynote address at this year’s National Cleanup Workshop.
Under Secretary Dabbar Emphasizes Innovation in Achieving EM Mission
DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar highlighted the importance of innovation and collaborating with communities as EM enters a new chapter.
September 18, 2018
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White addressed this year’s National Cleanup Workshop during a Q&A session titled, “Ensuring Continued Progress at EM Sites.”
EM Assistant Secretary White Outlines Plans to Invigorate ‘Completion Mindset’
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White says she is driving the environmental cleanup program forward toward a vision of getting work accomplished safely.
September 18, 2018
A crane moves the ventilation stack to a horizontal position.
Crews Safely Remove West Valley Main Plant Ventilation Stack
Workers recently removed an estimated 20,000-pound ventilation stack from the Main Plant Process Building at EM’s WVDP Site.
September 18, 2018
Acting Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Ken Picha speaks at the National Cleanup Workshop.
Reducing Risk and Working Together Leads to Cleanup Success, Panelists Say
A panel of EM and contractor officials from two cleanup sites and the WIPP shared recent achievements at this year’s National Cleanup Workshop.
September 18, 2018
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White has launched a Twitter page where she will share accomplishments and other news about the cleanup program.
EM Assistant Secretary White Joins Twitter
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White has launched a Twitter page where she will share accomplishments and other news about the cleanup program.
September 18, 2018
EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze
Panelists Discuss Closure Mindset
Creating a “closure mindset” was the theme of the panel session “Progress Through Action – Exploring Potential Completion Acceleration."
September 18, 2018
City of Oak Ridge Councilmember Chuck Hope, far right, speaks during panel discussion. Also pictured are URS|CH2M Oak Ridge President and CEO Ken Rueter and Westinghouse Government Services President Cathy Hickey.
Partnerships Offer Foundation for Excess Contaminated Facilities Success
Federal and contractor officials and community members stressed the critical role of partnerships as EM reduces risks to people and the environment.
September 18, 2018
Members of the panel titled, “Progress on Hanford Tanks and Waste Treatment Mission” discuss a shift from construction to operations for portions of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant.
Hanford Tank Waste Mission Shifts to Operations, Illustrating Completion Focus
Dramatic transformation is underway at the Hanford Site as the DFLAW approach to tank waste treatment shifts from construction to operations.
September 18, 2018
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White and Richard Sexton, president and CEO of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL), signed a five-year extension to a Statement of Intent (SOI) that allows EM and Canada’s nuclear cleanup program to exchange information.
EM Extends Statement of Intent With Canada’s Nuclear Cleanup Program
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White and Richard Sexton, president and CEO of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL), signed a five-year extension to a SOI.
September 18, 2018
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee gives insights from the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus leadership during an address at this year’s National Cleanup Workshop. Fleischmann is chair of the caucus.
Rep. Fleischmann Shares Insights from House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of TN gives insights from the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus leadership during an address at the National Cleanup Workshop.
September 18, 2018
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White, far right, speaks during the combined meeting of the Environmental Management Advisory Board and the chairs and vice-chairs of the EM Site-Specific Advisory Board.
Assistant Secretary White Emphasizes ‘Cleanup Mindset’ to EM Advisory Boards
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White encouraged EM’s advisory boards last week to have a “completion mindset” toward the cleanup mission.
September 18, 2018
House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus event's panel included, left to right, National Building Museum curator Martin Moeller, EM Oak Ridge Office Manager Jay Mullis, EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze, and Richland Operations Office Manager Doug Shoop.
‘Secret Cities’ Then, Cleanup Sites Today
Before a record audience, the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus hosted a discussion last week of the “secret cities” of the Manhattan Project.
September 17, 2018
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Awards Renewal of Grant to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
DOE Awards Renewal of Grant to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)