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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
Panelists, from left, included Johnson, Charboneau, and Piketty, and moderator Jody Redeker.
Women of Waste Management Panel Advises Audience: ‘Embrace Hard Work’

PHOENIX – A panel of distinguished leaders in nuclear cleanup discussed issues facing women in the workplace in front of a standing-room-only crowd of participants in the Waste Management 2015 Conference this month.

March 30, 2015
Employees cut a ventilation duct attached to the last glove box in the former processing portion of the facility. This work is performed in plastic enclosures to limit the spread of contamination.
Progress Continues Toward Demolition of Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – Piece by piece, workers are safely and compliantly preparing to demolish a relic of Cold War plutonium production at the Hanford site.

March 30, 2015
SRNS engineer Missy Byrne, center, works with middle school students at a teach-in at Davidson Fine Arts in Augusta, Ga.
Savannah River Site Workers Share Knowledge with Students in Engineering Teach-Ins

AIKEN, S.C. – Employees of EM contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) recently held 90 science- and engineering-based demonstrations for more than 2,000 students in the region in recognition of National Engineers Week.

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.

March 30, 2015
Regalbuto (right to left) is joined by U.S. Tennessee Eastern District Judge Pamela Reeves; State Collaborative on Reforming Education President and CEO Jamie Woodson; Scripps Network Interactive Senior Vice President Julie Elliot; and DOE Office of Science Field Operations Associate Deputy Director Stephanie Short.
EM Official Shares Insight at Women’s Conference

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Earlier this month, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto participated in Oak Ridge’s annual women’s workshop. The conference, themed “All Hands In: Innovate and Collaborate,” was hosted by the Federal Women’s Program and the local chapter of Federally Employed Women.