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December 24, 2013
Idaho’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project Details 2013 Accomplishments

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM and its contractor, Idaho Treatment Group (ITG), safely and compliantly met all of their production and shipping targets in the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the Idaho site in 2013.

December 23, 2013
Aspen Cass, a relative of an EM Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) employee, holds donated coats with Farok Sharif (left), president and project manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership, the WIPP management and operating contractor, and Joe Franco, manager of CBFO.
EM Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Team’s Holiday Spirit Shines

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Children in the Carlsbad area are warmer this holiday season thanks to the generosity of EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) team of employees.

December 11, 2013
Jim Kopotic and his daughter Lauren pause for a photo after a race that raised money for cancer research and treatment.
‘Can Do’ Attitude Brings EM Family Together

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – It’s 7:51 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. A white, long-bed 4x4 Dodge Ram turns the corner, entering the parking lot. The rumble of the hemi-powered engine stops and the door opens as Jim Kopotic, the federal project director for the East Tennessee Technology Park, one of EM’s primary cleanup sites in Oak Ridge, exits the cab.

December 5, 2013
WIPP environmental and operations personnel gather next to pallets that will be provided to the local community as part of WIPP’s wood waste diversion program.
WIPP Doubles Solid Waste Reduction Rate in Fiscal Year 2013

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) almost doubled its solid waste reduction rate from 15.5 percent in fiscal year 2012 to 33 percent in fiscal year 2013 through programs that diverted WIPP’s wood waste from the municipal landfill by reusing, repurposing or recycling.

November 26, 2013
Maine Maritime Academy senior Jared Woods learned about nuclear waste management issues at EM.
Summer Fellow Explores EM’s Cold War Cleanup

Jared Woods graduates from the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) next month with the experience of an adventurous summer as a fellow in the DOE Scholars Program, an opportunity to explore the agency’s careers and learn about its mission and operations.

November 26, 2013
Mobile Visitors in Particular to Note Web Upgrade

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DOE recently launched changes to Energy.gov, which includes the public website for EM.

November 26, 2013
DUF6 Project Doubles Production in 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The conversion plants at EM’s Paducah and Portsmouth sites surpassed a fiscal year 2013 goal by converting 13,679 metric tons of depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6), more than doubling production a year earlier.

November 26, 2013
BWCS employees from all departments of the DUF6 project at the Portsmouth site come together to mark five years without a lost-time accident.
Portsmouth Site Plant Surpasses Five Years Without Lost-Time Accident

PIKETON, Ohio – The depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion plant at EM’s Portsmouth site marked five years without a lost-time accident this month, equating to 1,826 workdays or 1,916,103 work hours.

November 26, 2013
Volunteers from West Valley Demonstration Project gather before distributing items collected in an annual food drive.
Thanksgiving Goodwill: West Valley Demonstration Project Food Drive Provides 640 Turkeys to People in Need

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – Just in time for the holidays, eight local food pantries received 640 turkeys, 1,800 pounds of potatoes and other items, thanks to an effort by EM employees and contractors supporting cleanup at West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) and other volunteers.

November 26, 2013
Employees with Swift & Staley Inc., a Paducah site small business contractor, repair a railroad on the site.
EM Exceeds Fiscal Year 2013 Small Business Goals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM obligated nearly $385 million to prime small business contracts, or 7.9 percent of its $4.9 million procurement base, in fiscal year 2013, far surpassing its goals.