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August 27, 2013
The first five-car section of demolition debris from the C-340 Metals Plant leaves July 15 from the Paducah site.
Paducah Demolition Debris Shipped for Disposition

PADUCAH, Ky. – Twenty-eight rail cars filled with debris from a major demolition project under the EM program at the Paducah site have been delivered to an offsite disposal facility.

August 12, 2013
A view of the first cask of reactor fuel from Sweden being unloaded from the m.s. Odensholm on July 21, 1963 in Savannah, Ga.
50th Anniversary of First Fuel Shipment Highlights EM's Role

Fifty years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower initiated his global vision of hope and security for the U.S. and the world in the nuclear age. EM has a historic role in fulfilling that vision that continues today.

August 8, 2013
EM Leads Successful Workshop Supporting Fukushima Cleanup

TOKYO – An EM-led U.S. delegation conducted its third workshop last month to provide expertise to Japanese officials leading the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site and surrounding area, this time addressing priorities identified by Japan’s government agencies.

August 7, 2013
Members of the Hanford site team observe Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project workers at the Idaho site putting on protective equipment. The Level B protective suit is custom-designed to provide maximum flexibility and protection against potential workplace hazards. The containment suit, coupled with the breathing equipment shown in the photo below, enables work to be conducted safely in high-hazard atmospheres.
EM Sites Come Together to Share Lessons Learned on Safety

RICHLAND, Wash. – A team from Hanford visited a waste processing facility at the Idaho site to observe equipment that may assist them in entering highly contaminated areas of the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP), a complex nuclear decommissioning project.

July 31, 2013
Members of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board helped create the book, The Story of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Megawatts to Megatons to Megawatts. They believe the stories of plant workers are important to preserve for future generations.
Paducah Community Chronicles Site History in New Book

PADUCAH, Ky. – Members of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) spearheaded the publication of a new book that captures the history of EM’s Paducah site.

July 30, 2013
Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter discusses the importance of completing the cleanup mission at the Idaho site.
Idaho Governor Praises DOE, Contractor Effort for Resuming Critical Cleanup Project

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Sometimes it takes creative solutions to solve financial challenges.

July 30, 2013
Thomas P. Grumbly considers his role as EM Assistant Secretary the best job he ever had. He served in the position from 1993 to 1996.
Former Assistant Secretary Shares Experiences Leading EM: ‘Best Job I Ever Had’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an occasional EM Update series, we feature interviews with former EM Assistant Secretaries to reflect on their achievements and challenges in the world’s largest nuclear cleanup and to discuss endeavors in life after EM.

July 30, 2013
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz tours the 200 West Pump and Treat System, which treats chemical and radionuclide contamination in Hanford’s groundwater. Pictured, left to right, are Special Assistant to the Secretary Mark Appleton, Bob Popielarczyk of CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, Special Assistant to the Secretary T.J. Augustine, Secretary Ernest Moniz, EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga and DOE Richland Operations Office Deputy Manager Doug Shoop.
Secretary Moniz Meets with Employees, Tribal Leaders during Hanford Visit and Site Tour

RICHLAND, Wash. – Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently visited the Hanford site in southeastern Washington State.

July 30, 2013
Matt McCormick, manager of the Richland Operations Office, commends a large group of Hanford workers for the 15-million-ton milestone at a public event at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility.
Disposal Facility Reaches 15-Million-Ton Milestone

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) — a massive landfill for low-level radioactive and hazardous waste at the Hanford site — has achieved a major cleanup milestone.

July 30, 2013
WIPP’s mine rescue team members, back row from left, are NWP President and Project Manager Farok Sharif; Heath Fowler; Manny Marquez; Mat Ridgway; Gary Kessler; Curtis Sanders, III; Jim Pierce; Tony Mihelic; Joe Baca; Justin Bailey; Ty Zimmerly; Fabian Carrasco; Chauncey Ortega; Nico Dominguez; and CBFO Manager Joe Franco. In front are Richard West, team trainer; and Ann Strait, of NWP emergency management. Not pictured is Doug Pitzer, a Red Team member.
WIPP’s Mine Rescue Teams Lead Competition

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s (WIPP) two mine rescue teams recently led the field of 13 groups competing in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Contest.