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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 11, 2018
Crews take down a 100-foot stack at the Toxic Substances Control Act Incinerator.
Oak Ridge Crews Tear Down TSCA Incinerator
EM workers at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) completed demolition of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Incinerator.
September 11, 2018
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White, Savannah River Site Manager Mike Budney, and EM Senior Advisor Taylor Playforth listen to an overview on H Canyon from Jimmy Winkler of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the site's management and operations contractor.
Mike Budney Reflects on First Six Months as Savannah River Site Manager
In this Q&A with EM Update, Mike Budney looks back on successes and challenges during his first six months as site manager.
September 11, 2018
Waste from the Accelerated Retrieval Project VIII is processed in these drum packaging stations.
Buried Waste Retrieval Resumes at Idaho Site
EM and cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho recently resumed exhuming buried Cold War waste at the ARP VIII facility at DOE’s INL Site.
September 11, 2018
A truck leaves the West Valley Demonstration Project Site carrying a portion of legacy waste for offsite disposal.
West Valley Marks Accomplishment in Legacy Waste Disposition
EM and its contractor at the WVDP Site have safely completed the disposition of more than 180,000 cubic feet of legacy waste.
September 11, 2018
EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze, right, and Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos, LLC President and Program Manager Nick Lombardo.
Los Alamos Leaders Reflect on Historic Legacy Cleanup Transition
EM Update recently spoke with EM-LA Field Manager Doug Hintze and N3B President and Program Manager Nick Lombardo on the successful transition.
September 11, 2018
Fourth National Cleanup Workshop Set for Sept. 12-13 in Washington, D.C. Area
EM to Host Livestream of 2018 National Cleanup Workshop
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A livestream of the 2018 National Cleanup Workshop will be available here starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.
September 11, 2018
‘Secret Cities’ are Focus of House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus Event
The managers of EM sites home to Manhattan Project “secret cities” will participate in a panel discussion for the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus.
September 11, 2018
A rover crosses the terrain near Hanford’s SX Tank Farm during a recent field demonstration.
Hanford Tank Farms Rover Demonstration Passes First Test
An autonomous instrumented vehicle —better known as a rover— easily traversed the terrain in a recent test drive near SX Tank Farm at the ORP Hanford.
September 11, 2018
David K. Homra III was appointed to serve a two-year term on the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board.
Two Added, Three Return to Paducah Citizens Advisory Board
EM recently appointed two new members and reappointed three others to its Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Citizens Advisory Board (CAB).
September 11, 2018
A vertical turbine pump and jumper was recently installed in double-shell tank AW-103 at the EM Office of River Protection's Hanford Site. The new pump will support future waste retrievals and evaporator campaigns.
Tools, Teamwork Lead to Fourth Successful Pump Removal from Hanford Tank
A team from EM’s ORP and tank farms contractor WRPS recently finished removing another highly contaminated pump from a Hanford double-shell tank.
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 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.