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July 29, 2015
Samplers and safety professionals check the status of the soil vapor extraction monitoring wells. Counter clockwise from top left: Will Wise, Juan Aguilar, Doug Rybarski, and Christina Agular.
After More Than 20 Years Operating, Hanford’s Soil Vapor Extraction Project Nears Completion

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford workers are fast approaching the successful completion of a long-term cleanup project.

July 28, 2015
A spider excavator extracts mercury-contaminated soil.
EM’s Los Alamos Site Completes Canyon-Side Cleanup of Mercury-Contaminated Soil

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM’s Los Alamos Field Office recently completed a steep canyon-side cleanup of mercury-contaminated soil on DOE property just south of a shopping center here.

July 20, 2015
Douglas E. Hintze was named the manager of the new EM Los Alamos Field Office.
EM Names Los Alamos Field Office Manager

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM announced today the selection of Douglas E. Hintze as the manager of the new EM Los Alamos (EM-LA) Field Office.

June 30, 2015
 A radiation control technician surveys the radiation levels in the basement level of the F Reactor.
Hanford Site Inspections Give Four Cocooned Reactors Clean Bill of Health

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers at the Hanford Site took a step back in time as they removed welds from the doors and entered four of the site’s cocooned reactors for required inspections.

June 30, 2015
Sara Ledgerwood and Cindy Schneider, FPDP scientists, use advanced equipment to analyze and characterize samples from the project for metals concentration.
Analytical Laboratory Reopens at Paducah Site

PADUCAH, Ky. – The Analytical Laboratory at EM’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site recently reopened to support the new deactivation mission to prepare the site for future decontamination and decommissioning.

June 30, 2015
EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney gives the keynote address at the Contract and Project Management Workshop.
EM Employees Engage in Interactive Workshop on Contract, Project Management Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - EM employees from across the DOE complex met at the Contract and Project Management Workshop this past month to focus on continuous improvements in planning and execution of contracts and projects.

June 30, 2015
JD Hope (left) and Kevin Carr, with SRNS Regulatory Integration and Environmental Services, prepare a container of fluorescent tubes for recycling at the SRS Recycling Center.
From Silver to Lead, SRS Turns Trash to Treasure

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s contractor for the nuclear cleanup at the Savannah River Site (SRS) operates a robust recycling program that allows for the reuse of precious metals, electronics, scrap metal, and shell casings from trainings for the site’s security force.

June 30, 2015
An innovative computerized process now used at SRS allows for highly efficient management of environmental sampling information. SRNS Environmental Monitoring Program Field Technician Rebecca Sturdivant checks the calibration of a flowmeter installed near a small stream at SRS.
Innovative, Safer Alternatives Improve Environmental Sampling at Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – Dr. Ruth Patrick was a visionary in environmental monitoring.

June 30, 2015
Mixing It Up

PADUCAH, Ky. – A 150-foot-tall crane turns an eight-foot-diameter auger performing deep-soil mixing at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s southwest groundwater plume. More than 260 borings are being made to a depth of about 60 feet to remove a source of trichloroethene groundwater contamination.

June 30, 2015
Cement trucks hauling specially-formulated grout are once again traversing SRS after grouting activities on Tank 16 began in June.
Grouting Begins on Next SRS Waste Tank

AIKEN, S.C. – Cement trucks hauling specially-formulated grout are once again traversing the Savannah River Site (SRS) after grouting activities on the next underground radioactive liquid waste storage tank began this month.