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December 23, 2014
Switchyards at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant will be optimized to meet future needs at the plant as part of EM’s deactivation activities.
Deactivation Project Commences While Cleanup Continues at Paducah Site

PADUCAH, Ky. – As EM took control of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) facilities from its commercial lease in 2014, the PGDP Deactivation Project began under EM’s recently selected prime contractor.

December 23, 2014
A student explains an EM-supported applied research project to Mark Gilbertson, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Site Restoration, left, at a Historically Black Colleges and Universities workshop held at Savannah River National Laboratory in April 2014.
EM Taps Talent of Minority Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON D.C. – EM recognizes that a well-trained, technically skilled, and diverse workforce is required to complete its legacy environmental cleanup mission successfully.

December 23, 2014
Since its construction in the mid-1970s, the 242-A Evaporator has removed nearly 68 million gallons of water from tank waste, which reduces the volume stored in the double-shell tanks to make room for waste retrieval from single-shell tanks.
Office of River Protection Looks Back on 2014 Achievements, Including Tank Retrieval Progress

RICHLAND, Wash. – In 2014, EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) marked several accomplishments at the Hanford site, including continuing efforts to resolve remaining technical issues with the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP); restarting operations of the 242-A Evaporator; establishing waste acceptance limits for WTP; and continuing progress in waste tank retrievals.

December 23, 2014
Workers lower a compressor from Portsmouth’s X-326 process building, where it will be staged and prepared for shipping.
EM Delivers in Deactivation, Regulatory Milestones, Shipping Progress at Portsmouth Site

PIKETON, Ohio – EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) made significant strides in the Portsmouth site’s decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project in 2014, including deactivation progress in one of the plant’s three main uranium enrichment process buildings, the issuance of two proposed plans for the two Records of Decision (RODs) that will drive D&D work, and a rigorous shipping campaign.

December 23, 2014
Los Alamos National Laboratory’s chromium remediation project is located in a canyon adjacent to pueblo lands.
Groundwater, Legacy Soil Cleanup and Flood Recovery Top Lab’s Accomplishments

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Top 2014 accomplishments of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s EM-supported Environmental Programs included remediation of chromium in groundwater, completion of a legacy contaminant soil cleanup project, and rapid recovery from a 1,000-year rain event that caused widespread flooding.

December 23, 2014
Workers demolish support buildings surrounding the Plutonium Finishing Plant to create a cleared area for heavy equipment to demolish the plant’s main processing buildings.
Removal of 1,082-Ton Reactor Among Richland Operations Office’s 2014 Accomplishments

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers with EM’s Richland Operations Office and its contractors made progress this year in several areas of Hanford site cleanup that helped protect employees, the public, environment, and Columbia River.

December 23, 2014
Scott Sax, president of Washington Closure Hanford, center, describes deactivation and decommissioning activities at the 618-10 Burial Ground to CNL decommissioning specialists.
EM Hosts Successful Visit from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of D&D and Facility Engineering (D&D/FE) hosted decommissioning professionals from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) — Canada's premier nuclear technology and engineering organization — for two days at EM’s Hanford site in November this year. CNL was formerly known as Atomic Energy Canada Ltd.

December 23, 2014
A truck carrying the last two solidified liners from the SPRU Disposition Project sludge campaign leaves the site in late February.
SPRU Removes High-Risk Radioactive Waste

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – EM’s Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) Disposition Project completed a significant waste-treatment campaign in February that involved the solidification of approximately 9,700 gallons of contaminated sludge and 14 shipments of the waste off-site for permanent disposal.

December 23, 2014
Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project employees close a waste shipment container.
EM Highlights Idaho Site's 2014 Accomplishments

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The EM program at the Idaho site and its cleanup contractors ended 2014 with many accomplishments.

December 23, 2014
An NNSS firefighter gives Nye County residents a briefing at the Mercury Fire Station on the NNSS.
Nevada Site Celebrates 2014, Makes Way for 2015

LAS VEGAS – It was a busy and successful 2014 for EM teams engaged in the cleanup of Cold War sites at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and Nevada Test and Training Range.