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April 29, 2015
The radar monitoring unit is shown here installed at the Moab site in Utah.
Moab Site Installs Radar Unit to Monitor for Future Potential Rockfalls

MOAB, Utah – The Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project continues to implement safety measures to protect its workers from a rockfall like the one that occurred on the hillside above the site last November.

April 29, 2015
EM Paducah site lead Jennifer Woodard discusses electrical resistance heating as part of the trichloroethene remediation at the C-400 groundwater contamination source with David Klaus, DOE Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance (right).
Senior DOE Officials Visit Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Site

PADUCAH, Ky. – Two senior DOE officials overseeing EM’s nuclear cleanup visited the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site recently.

April 29, 2015
The Effluent Treatment Facility (foreground) and Liquid Effluent Treatment Facility holding basins.
Hanford Contractor Assumes Responsibility of Three Wastewater Facilities

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) gained a few more operations recently when the Effluent Treatment (ETF), Liquid Effluent Retention (LERF), and Treated Effluent Disposal (TEDF) facilities changed hands.

April 29, 2015
SRNS employee Matthew Gay uses critical electronic rounds to take a reading at the Savannah River National Laboratory. In one Continuous Improvement initiative, SRNS switched to recording required facility and equipment readings electronically. The move reduced operator readings from 326 to 26, freeing up as much as 3.5 employee hours per shift — 730 per year — for work on other facility needs. The annual cost savings are over $42,000.
EM Contractor Reaps Benefits of Continuous Improvement Culture

AIKEN, S.C. – Continuous Improvement (CI) at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), EM’s management and operations contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), focuses on eliminating wasteful steps in processes, making little changes that result in significant savings.

April 16, 2015
DOE Issues WIPP Radiological Release Phase II Investigation Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) released the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) Phase II Report related to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico.

March 30, 2015
A field technician downloads data from a groundwater characterization well located on Pahute Mesa in the northwestern portion of the NNSS.
Navarro Kicks Off New Environmental Programs Services Contract at Nevada National Security Site

LAS VEGAS – The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) this month kicked off a new environmental programs services contract with Navarro Research and Engineering.

March 30, 2015
A worker on a forklift pulls a drum filled with radioactive waste from a cargo container.
Idaho Workers Eager to Check Condition of Waste Moved to Cargo Containers Decades Ago

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – From 1952 to 1970, workers buried drums containing radioactive waste from the now-closed Rocky Flats site at the Idaho site’s Subsurface Disposal Area.

March 30, 2015
A view of PPPO’s retooled website on a smartphone and laptop.
New Website to Keep Portsmouth, Paducah Site Stakeholders Up to Date

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) has launched a new website to provide timely and accessible public information about EM’s cleanup efforts at the Portsmouth, Ohio and Paducah, Kentucky gaseous diffusion plant sites.

March 30, 2015
Emergency responders search for a mock radiological source in a training exercise.
EM Conducts Third Annual Spanish Language Training with Record Participation

SAN DIEGO – EM conducted a training program with mock exercises in radiological accident response this year that drew record attendance, more than twice the participants from the year prior.

March 30, 2015
DOE Fellows are pictured at the Waste Management 2015 Conference with FIU ARC Director Dr. Leonel Lagos (front row, second from right) and EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney (front row, far right).
Energy Department Fellows Present Research at Waste Management Conference

PHOENIX – Florida International University (FIU) students this month participated in the Waste Management 2015 Conference, where they presented their EM-related research.