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February 9, 2016
EM Rolls Out Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EM rolled out a $6.1 billion budget request for fiscal year 2017. The request will provide the resources to maintain a safe and secure posture in the EM complex, and to continue moving forward with the country’s largest nuclear cleanup.

February 3, 2016
Dr. John Williams, principal investigator of a fiscal year 2015 awarded proposal from South Carolina State University, leads a group in well purging. His research focuses on addressing natural attenuation of the volatile organic compound plume from CMP (chemicals, metals, pesticides) Pits Operable Unit at the Savannah River Site.
EM Offers Opportunities for Students and Faculty of Minority Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM’s Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) provides opportunities for students and faculty at minority serving institutions (MSIs) to participate in EM’s mission through research and training activities.

January 28, 2016
DOE’s Second National Cleanup Workshop Set for Sept. 14-15 in the Washington, D.C. Area

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DOE, in cooperation with the Energy Communities Alliance and Energy Facility Contractors Group, is set to hold the second DOE National Cleanup Workshop on Sept. 14-15, 2016, at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.

January 27, 2016
Demolition of PFP will occur in stages, as indicated in the shaded sections above. Demolition will start with the Plutonium Reclamation Facility (green), followed by 242-Z (red), the main processing building (blue), followed by the ventilation stack (orange).
EM Prepares to Demolish Most Hazardous Hanford Site Facility

RICHLAND, Wash. – One of EM’s most complex risk-reduction projects is expected to wrap up in coming months as crews demolish a Cold War relic at the Hanford Site: the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP).

January 27, 2016
Rimando shakes hand with a Robonaut 2 at Johnson Space Center. It was the first human-like robot NASA launched to space.
EM Invites Proposals for Robotics Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM and other federal government entities working to spur advances in robotics have issued a new call for research proposals in their campaign to develop co-robots that can work in cooperation with people.

January 27, 2016
When operating, one transformer could distribute enough power to provide electricity to approximately 6,300 average-sized homes.
Innovative Approach Reduces Costs of Removing Contaminated Oil from Paducah Site

PADUCAH, Ky. – For more than 60 years, 60 electrical distribution transformers supplied some of the power to enrich uranium at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP).

January 27, 2016
EM's Oak Ridge Office Contractor Scores High in Latest Award Fee Evaluation

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM gave URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) a score of nearly 96 percent, allowing the contractor to earn over $4.4 million of the available fee of more than $4.6 million for the period from April to September 2015. UCOR is responsible for cleaning up the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), formerly the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, as well as other select sites on DOE’s Oak Ridge Reservation under a contract valued at $2.4 billion.

January 27, 2016
WRPS workers do preparatory work at the A/AX tank farms at Hanford in April 2015. They are the next tank farms from which waste will be retrieved at Hanford. WRPS recently received an 88 percent award fee for its performance in fiscal year 2015.
Hanford Site Contractor Receives Overall ‘Very Good’ Rating for Tank Operations

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM recently gave its Office of River Protection (ORP) tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) an overall “very good” rating for fiscal year 2015, allowing the company at the Hanford Site to earn a $13,728,000 award fee.

January 27, 2016
Grand Challenge Semifinalist Study Yields Results for Hanford Plant's Ventilation System

RICHLAND, Wash. – Results of a recent EM Office of River Protection (ORP) effort to develop a test method and measure of the thermal properties of waste glasses show that the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant’s Low Activity Waste Facility is adequately designed to allow for the cooling of hot glass in the containers.

January 27, 2016
H Canyon Control Room operators Terry Usry and Audrey Davis start the first process operation in H Canyon, which purifies the uranium solution for eventual use as commercial nuclear reactor fuel.
DOE Rates EM’s Savannah River Site Contractor as ‘Very Good’ in Fee Determination Scorecard

AIKEN, S.C. – In its award fee determination scorecard for fiscal year 2015, DOE gave the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) management and operations contractor an overall “very good” rating, allowing the company to receive $37.8 million, or 82.7 percent of its total fee of $45.7 million.