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July 28, 2016
There are four groundwater treatment facilities located along the Columbia River at the Hanford Site including the HX Pump and Treat Facility as seen above. All groundwater treatment facilities are using the newer resin.
Groundwater Treatment Resin Saves an Estimated $2 Million More Than Expected - Annual efficiency three times higher than original estimates

RICHLAND, Wash. – In 2010, workers with EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) at the Hanford Site began using a new type of resin — a material used to remove contamination from groundwater — in its treatment facilities to improve efficiencies and lower operating costs.

July 28, 2016
Kyle Smith, principal of Paul Knox Middle School in North Augusta, S.C., left, joins students and SRNS engineer Buford Beavers, center, in a hands-on experiment involving a jar, rubber band, paper clips, and a metal nut. The demonstration of how centrifugal force affects gravitational pull was part of this year’s SRS Teach-Ins Program.
Engineers Share Expertise with 3,000 Students

AIKEN, S.C. – Dozens of engineers, scientists and technicians from Savannah River Site’s management and operations contractor recently shared their expertise with more than 3,000 students in “Teach-In” presentations at 29 area middle schools.

July 28, 2016
Workers prepare an X-ray machine for removal from E Area.
Savannah River Site Property Assets Go to Other DOE Sites for Key Missions

AIKEN, S.C. – EM transferred equipment used to characterize transuranic (TRU) waste at the Savannah River Site to other DOE sites for use, saving approximately $5.7 million in taxpayer dollars and reducing waste.

July 28, 2016
DOE Officials Celebrate Hanford Site Employee's 35 Years of Service

RICHLAND, Wash. – Bruce Cameron with Hanford’s Patrol Training Academy, center, is hanging his hat after 35 years of service.

July 18, 2016
EM Begins Demolition of Building G2 at Separations Process Research Unit

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – EM’s cleanup contractor at the Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) nuclear facility completed preparations allowing for the open-air demolition of Building G2, which has begun.

July 14, 2016
DOE-Idaho Deputy Manager Jack Zimmerman, right, and Fluor Idaho President and Project Manager Fred Hughes.
DOE, New Idaho Cleanup Contractor Reflect on Successful Transition, Look to Future

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – It’s now been a little more than a month since Fluor Idaho, LLC, officially took over as the new contractor for the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) at DOE’s Idaho Site.

July 14, 2016
Centerra's special response team and aviation operations department are important elements of the SRS protective force.
DOE Scorecard Rates Savannah River Site’s Security Contractor as ‘Excellent’

AIKEN, S.C. – Centerra-SRS, the security contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), earned an overall “excellent” performance rating for the most recent evaluation period of Oct. 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016

July 14, 2016
Eugene Waggoner poses for a portrait in the C-300 Central Control Building at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
Paducah Site Tours Nostalgic for Former Workers

PADUCAH, Ky. – Eugene Waggoner was 29 when the first equipment began enriching uranium at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

July 14, 2016
Members of the WIPP mine rescue team prepare to respond to a simulated emergency in the WIPP underground during the annual exercise. WIPP has two mine rescue teams, and they regularly drill to ensure they are prepared to respond in the event of an actual underground emergency.
EM Sites Across U.S. Train to Respond to Events, from Chemical Spill to Earthquake

A handful of EM cleanup sites across the DOE complex recently conducted a wide range of intricate emergency response exercises, and initial reports show the practice scenarios were successful, with employees trained and prepared to respond quickly and safely.

July 14, 2016
SRNS’ Ashley Shull uses the Environmental Compliance Sampling Collection Tool to record data from samples taken at SRS.
Savannah River Site Promotes Sharing Technology Innovation Across DOE Complex

AIKEN, S.C. – An innovative data collection technology for environmental compliance sampling developed and used by the Savannah River Site is now being deployed at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio to increase the efficiency of cleanup operations as EM continues to promote sharing lessons learned and new technologies across DOE sites.