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October 30, 2014
A Swift & Staley heavy equipment operator moves salt.
Workers at Paducah Site Exceed 1.5 Million Hours Without Lost-Time Injury, Illness

PADUCAH, Ky. – Workers with Paducah site infrastructure contractor Swift & Staley, Inc. recently exceeded 1.5 million hours without lost time away from work due to injury or illness, representing nine years of safe performance.

October 30, 2014
This approximately 200-ton crawler crane equipped with a deep soil mixing auger control system is similar to one that will be used to clean up an old oil landfarm area at the Paducah site.
Workers Will Clean Up Groundwater Contamination Source With Deep Soil Mixing

PADUCAH, Ky. – Beginning in January 2015, EM and its Paducah site cleanup contractor, LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky, LLC (LATA Kentucky), will treat groundwater contamination with deep soil mixing, which uses an eight-foot-diameter auger to mix the soil to a depth of about 60 feet.

October 30, 2014
EM Prepares Report for Convention on Safety of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM supported DOE in its role as the lead technical agency to produce a report recently for the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

October 30, 2014
Workers with Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company load a piece of glovebox into a large standard waste box for transportation and disposal. The glovebox was removed from Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant, a former plutonium processing plant workers are preparing for demolition.
Online Tool Helps Save More Than $1 Billion

RICHLAND, Wash. – In 2011, EM’s Richland Operations Office faced issues common throughout the federal government: a future of fiscal restraint and the desire to complete more work with fewer dollars.

October 30, 2014
Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) Integration Manager Keith Harp (front right) points to the spot where the Savannah River Site’s liquid waste facilities transfer lines will connect to lines from the SWPF, which stands in the background. Looking on are, from left, Frank Sheppard, vice president and deputy project manager of Parsons, the SWPF contractor; EM Construction Oversight Representative Mike Mayo; EM SWPF Federal Project Director Pam Marks; EM SWPF Chief Engineer Robert Leugemors; EM SWPF Quality Assurance Manager David Quattlebaum; Parsons Vice President of Construction Chuck Swain; EM SWPF Construction Manager Teresa Tomac; SRR President and Project Manager Stuart MacVean; EM Waste Disposition Project Acting Assistant Manager Jim Folk; and EM SWPF Deputy Federal Project Director Shayne Farrell.
Transfer Lines to Connect Liquid Waste Facilities and Salt Waste Processing Facility

AIKEN, S.C. – Officials with the EM program at Savannah River Site (SRS) recently announced a key milestone in preparation for the startup of the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF): workers installed more than 1,200 feet of new transfer lines that will eventually connect existing liquid waste facilities to SWPF.

October 30, 2014
Julie Longenecker, left, and Jill Conrad, center, watch Keith Mendez handle obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass, which is part of a simulated fire hearth at the cultural test beds site.
Hanford Site, Tribes Raise Awareness of Culturally Significant Resources With Training Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – About seven acres in size, the cultural resources test beds site is a small area of the 586-square-mile Hanford site. But its impact is big.

October 30, 2014
Restoration of a 90-acre powerhouse ash basin at the Savannah River Site, pictured here, is under way as workers remove tens of millions of gallons of water from the basin.
EM Takes on Next Environmental Cleanup Challenge at SRS: Coal-Fired Ash

AIKEN, S.C. – A large, 1950s-era, coal-fired power plant sits cold and dark at the Savannah River Site (SRS), but employees with EM and its management and operations contractor are preparing to clean up the facility’s substantial quantities of ash generated over the decades.

October 30, 2014
High school juniors from throughout southern Ohio participate in the Science Alliance.
Portsmouth Science Alliance Attracts More than 1,000 Students, Educators

PIKETON, Ohio – As assistant principal of Portsmouth West High School, Eric Nichols was aware of EM’s Science Alliance, an interactive science fair aimed at high school juniors in southern Ohio. But this year he decided to get a firsthand look.

October 21, 2014
EM Paducah site lead Jennifer Woodard accepts the symbolic key to the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, commemorating the return of the leased facilities from Centrus Energy Corp. to EM in a ceremony at the plant this morning. Also pictured are, back row, left to right, Fluor Federal Services Paducah Deactivation Project Operations Director Bob Nichols; EM Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Deputy Manager Robert Edwards; Centrus Energy Paducah Government Services Director Mark Keef; Centrus Acting General Manager/Paducah Plant Manager Mike Bukner; and Centrus American Centrifuge Vice President Steve Penrod.
Deactivation Project Begins at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

PADUCAH, Ky. – At 7:01 this morning, EM officially received the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant from the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), a subsidiary of Centrus Energy Corp. In a brief ceremony, EM site lead Jennifer Woodard received a symbolic key to the plant from Centrus Vice President Steve Penrod.

October 16, 2014
CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, and EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney discuss points of interest on a map of the WIPP underground.
Head of EM Visits Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

CARLBAD, N.M. – EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney today visited the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M., where he became the first non-WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.