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May 28, 2015
EM and Nez Perce officials visit the Bio-Control Center on the Nez Perce Reservation. From left to right: Kristen Ellis, EM Office of Intergovernmental and Community Activities Director; Gabe Bohnee, Manager of the Nez Perce Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Program; Stacy Charboneau, EM Richland Operations Office (RL) Manager; Mark Whitney, EM Acting Assistant Secretary; Jill Conrad, RL Tribal Program Manager; Josiah Pinkham with Nez Perce Cultural Resources; and Jack Bell, Nez Perce National Resource Trustee Representative.
Head of EM Visits Northwest Tribes

EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney recently traveled to Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to visit the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Wanapum Band, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and Nez Perce Tribe.

April 30, 2015
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and U.S Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Announce Settlement on Nuclear Waste Incidents

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz released the terms of a $73 million settlement of the State’s claims against the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractors related to the February 2014 incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, New Mexico, including the associated activities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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 29, 2015
SRR employees work through the Lean process.
EM’s Liquid Waste Contractor Produces $21 Million in Savings with ‘Lean’ System

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) achieved more than $21 million in savings in its first full year using a system that focuses on continuous efficiency and quality improvement.

April 29, 2015
HAMMER Program Manager Thom Hogg discusses radiological monitoring during a National Training Center event and NIEHS Worker Trainer’s Exchange near the Hanford Site.
More Than 200 DOE Safety and Health Trainers Gather for Exchange

RICHLAND, Wash. – More than 200 DOE safety and health trainers from across the complex took part in a training event at the Hanford Site’s Volpentest HAMMER Federal Training Facility.

April 29, 2015
This graphic provides an overview of EM’s 2014 sustainability goals performance.
EM Exceeds DOE Sustainability Goals and Reduces its Carbon Footprint

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM continues to excel in its support of DOE’s aggressive initiative to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy intensity, which is a measure of building energy use per unit area.

April 29, 2015
Scott Germain, Fluor Federal Services’ Paducah Deactivation Project support and integration manager, illustrates the magnitude of the display cell in one of the process facilities.
Business Leaders Learn About Paducah Deactivation Project

PADUCAH, Ky. – More than 30 local business leaders in the Paducah Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class recently toured the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.