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November 26, 2014
CBFO and WIPP Commemorate Veterans Day

CBFO and WIPP Commemorate Veterans Day

November 26, 2014
Jeff Boulton of LATA Kentucky works with middle school students to demonstrate and test the acidity and basicity levels of groundwater.
Environmental Contractor Mentors Young Students

PADUCAH, Ky. – More than 300 area sixth graders have a much better understanding of groundwater cleanup at the Paducah site thanks to mentoring from EM’s environmental contractor, LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky.

November 26, 2014
 EM Office of River Protection (ORP) Manager Kevin Smith, right, discusses the Low-Activity Waste Facility design and construction with Waste Treatment and Immobilization Project Assistant Manager Bill Hamel, left; EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, second from left; and EM Waste Treatment Plant/Tank Farms Program Director Todd Shrader during a tour of the facility. Whitney visited the Hanford site earlier this fall.
Head of EM Program Tours Hanford Site Facilities

Head of EM Program Tours Hanford Site Facilities

November 26, 2014
More than 100 Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant neighbors, community leaders, and workers attended the public meeting this month at a high school near the plant. Many of the attendees voiced their opinions on the preferred alternatives during the public comment part of the meeting. Portsmouth D&D stakeholders have until March 11, 2015 to submit comments on the proposed plans associated with facilities D&D and waste disposition at the site.
Public Can Comment on Proposed D&D and Waste Disposition Plans for EM's Portsmouth Site Through March 11

WAVERLY, Ohio – Approximately 150 neighbors, community leaders, workers, and other interested people participated in a public meeting Nov. 17 near the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site to hear from EM and its decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) contractor, Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC, about options for future cleanup of the site.

November 26, 2014
From left, NWP President and Project Manager Bob McQuinn, CBFO Manager Joe Franco, and CBFO organizers Margaret Gee, Martin Navarrete, and Dennis Miehls, hold up some of the donated coats that will be provided to Carlsbad area schools. CBFO organizers not pictured are Andrea Cooper, Kristi Squires, and Russ Patterson. NWP organizers not pictured are Bertha Cassingham, Dana Dorr, Yolanda Salmon, and Yolanda Navarrete.
CBFO and WIPP Volunteerism Makes a Big Difference This Winter for Little Ones

CARLSBAD, N.M. – November’s winter chill started early in New Mexico. However, children in the Carlsbad, New Mexico area should be able to keep warm while outdoors thanks in part to the actions of the EM Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) team of employees.

November 26, 2014
Workers reached a record-breaking depth of 1,100 feet with a sonic drill rig.
Los Alamos Drills to Record-breaking Depths

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – The EM-supported Environmental Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory is pushing the limits of drilling technology with the use of a sonic drill rig to drill coreholes more than 1,100 feet deep in support of a chromium remediation project.

November 26, 2014
Debris from the former mill buildings at the Moab site is excavated from the mill tailings pile.
Moab Project Exceeds 5 Years of Operations Without Lost-Time Injury, Illness

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – It has been more than five years since workers on the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project in Utah had a lost-time injury or illness. This represents roughly 2.2 million hours of safe work.

October 30, 2014
A Swift & Staley heavy equipment operator moves salt.
Workers at Paducah Site Exceed 1.5 Million Hours Without Lost-Time Injury, Illness

PADUCAH, Ky. – Workers with Paducah site infrastructure contractor Swift & Staley, Inc. recently exceeded 1.5 million hours without lost time away from work due to injury or illness, representing nine years of safe performance.

October 30, 2014
This approximately 200-ton crawler crane equipped with a deep soil mixing auger control system is similar to one that will be used to clean up an old oil landfarm area at the Paducah site.
Workers Will Clean Up Groundwater Contamination Source With Deep Soil Mixing

PADUCAH, Ky. – Beginning in January 2015, EM and its Paducah site cleanup contractor, LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky, LLC (LATA Kentucky), will treat groundwater contamination with deep soil mixing, which uses an eight-foot-diameter auger to mix the soil to a depth of about 60 feet.

October 30, 2014
EM Prepares Report for Convention on Safety of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM supported DOE in its role as the lead technical agency to produce a report recently for the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.