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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.

October 21, 2014
EM Paducah site lead Jennifer Woodard accepts the symbolic key to the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, commemorating the return of the leased facilities from Centrus Energy Corp. to EM in a ceremony at the plant this morning. Also pictured are, back row, left to right, Fluor Federal Services Paducah Deactivation Project Operations Director Bob Nichols; EM Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Deputy Manager Robert Edwards; Centrus Energy Paducah Government Services Director Mark Keef; Centrus Acting General Manager/Paducah Plant Manager Mike Buckner; and Centrus American Centrifuge Vice President Steve Penrod.
Deactivation Project Begins at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

PADUCAH, Ky. – At 7:01 this morning, EM officially received the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant from the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), a subsidiary of Centrus Energy Corp. In a brief ceremony, EM site lead Jennifer Woodard received a symbolic key to the plant from Centrus Vice President Steve Penrod.

October 16, 2014
CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, and EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney discuss points of interest on a map of the WIPP underground.
Head of EM Visits Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

CARLBAD, N.M. – EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney today visited the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M., where he became the first non-WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

October 9, 2014
Workers begin demolishing the K-31 Building.
EM Begins Demolishing K-31 Gaseous Diffusion Building

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM's demolition of the K-31 Building at Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) began Wednesday, marking the removal of the fourth of five gaseous diffusion buildings at the former uranium enrichment site.

October 2, 2014
More Than 14 Million Environmental Sampling Records from National Laboratory Are Now Available Online

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Regulators, stakeholders, scientists and the greater public will have access to remediation and other environmental data records associated with EM’s legacy nuclear cleanup program in near real time on a new website portal.

September 30, 2014
Bryan Harting, nuclear chemical operator for CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, was part of the crew that made the first entry to begin final cleanup of the McCluskey Room at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant this month.
Crews Make First Entry into McCluskey Room for Final Cleanup at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers are cleaning up one of the most hazardous rooms at the Hanford site: the “McCluskey Room,” named after a worker who was injured there in a Cold War accident.

September 30, 2014
Employees of CH2M HILL Babcock & Wilcox and its subcontractors are shown during West Valley Demonstration Project’s Safety Week celebration.
Workers at EM’s West Valley Site Surpass 1 Million Hours without Lost-Time Accident

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM’s cleanup contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently marked 1 million work hours without a lost-time accident or illness.

September 30, 2014
The 242-A Evaporator facility.
Hanford Begins New Campaign to Remove Excess Water from Double-Shell Tanks

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection has begun operating its evaporator facility to remove about 800,000 gallons of excess water from Hanford’s double-shell tanks of high-level radioactive and chemical waste.