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March 31, 2016
EM Office of River Protection Manager Kevin Smith, far left, provides an update on the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste Initiative during a panel session at the Waste Management Conference.
EM's Office of River Protection on ‘Quickest Path to Glass’ for Hanford's Tank Waste

PHOENIX – EM is working to implement the “quickest path to glass” for tank waste at the Hanford Site, senior EM and contractor officials said here earlier this month.

March 31, 2016
Demolition Progresses at Berkeley Laboratory

BERKELEY, Calif. – EM recently demolished three structures at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as it remediates an area of the Northern California campus that played an active role in groundbreaking science following World War II.

March 31, 2016
Much work remains to be done in the center of the Hanford Site, an area known as the Central Plateau, shown here in an aerial view from the east.
Hanford Site Lays Out New Vision for Next Decade of Cleanup Progress

PHOENIX – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) has developed a new vision to help guide the Hanford Site cleanup in the next decade as the focus of work increasingly shifts to the site’s Central Plateau, federal and contractor officials said here earlier this month.

March 31, 2016
Workers from Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth lower the last converter removed from the cell floor of Building X-326 at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. All process gas equipment components have been removed from the building.
EM Makes Progress Preparing Old Enrichment Plants for Demolition

PHOENIX – EM is preparing old uranium enrichment facilities in Ohio and Kentucky for eventual demolition, Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) officials said here earlier this month.

March 31, 2016
A snapshot of EM’s sustainability achieves in fiscal year 2015.
EM Goes Beyond DOE Goals Again to Reduce Carbon Footprint

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM reduced its carbon footprint by 34 percent in fiscal year 2015, exceeding the Department’s target of 19 percent, and moved past other sustainability goals DOE set in its initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions and lower energy use intensity.

March 31, 2016
Ron Holm, a RWMC foreman, remotely monitors activities inside an enclosed area where a debris repackaging project is underway.
Idaho Crews Use Waste Treatment Expertise to Land Additional Work

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Crews with EM’s main cleanup contractor at the Idaho Site have begun processing additional waste drums and repackaging large debris from another DOE facility to help the program make progress in meeting cleanup milestones.

March 31, 2016
EM’s DOE Fellows Participate in Waste Management Conference

PHOENIX – Twenty Florida International University (FIU) students who serve as DOE Fellows in the EM program presented technical posters at the annual Waste Management Conference in Phoenix earlier this month.

March 31, 2016
Ebert, left, listens to seventh grader Zoe as she explains her experiment, “Penguins and Chocolate Mousse Don’t Mix,” which tested how the salinity of water affects a mixture of crude oil and seawater, modeled using cooking oil.
Science Fair Participants Years Ahead of Their Time, Say Judges from ORP

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Three of EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) staff members served as judges for the 61st annual Mid-Columbia Science and Engineering Fair this month.

March 31, 2016
Fluor maintenance mechanic Robert Fulton lifts equipment at the C-337 former uranium enrichment process building at EM’s Paducah Site.
Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project Marks 2 Million Safe Work Hours

PADUCAH, Ky. – Workers performing the remediation, deactivation, and decommissioning at the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site recently reached 2 million hours without a lost-time injury on the job.

March 31, 2016
WRPS engineers Bryce Eaton and Ashley Ansolabehere pose for a photo with third graders at Maya Angelou Elementary in Pasco, Wash.
EM's Office of River Protection Workers Teach Engineering to Local Students

RICHLAND, Wash. – Giving young students a taste of what it’s like to be an engineer is the focus of Engineers, or E, Week.