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July 29, 2015
EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney speaks during the K-31 Building demolition celebration.
Oak Ridge Moves Closer to Reaching Vision 2016

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – About 70 employees, community leaders, and local officials recently gathered to witness the completion of K-31 Building’s demolition at Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), marking the removal of the fourth of five gaseous diffusion buildings at the former uranium enrichment site.

July 28, 2015
A spider excavator extracts mercury-contaminated soil.
EM’s Los Alamos Site Completes Canyon-Side Cleanup of Mercury-Contaminated Soil

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM’s Los Alamos Field Office recently completed a steep canyon-side cleanup of mercury-contaminated soil on DOE property just south of a shopping center here.

July 20, 2015
Douglas E. Hintze was named the manager of the new EM Los Alamos Field Office.
EM Names Los Alamos Field Office Manager

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM announced today the selection of Douglas E. Hintze as the manager of the new EM Los Alamos (EM-LA) Field Office.

June 30, 2015
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Old Town area.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Launches Cleanup and Demolition Project

BERKELEY, Calif. – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory authorized this month a small business joint venture to begin a deactivation and demolition project in an area here known as Old Town.

June 30, 2015
Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project retrieval crews safely remove the final box from Pad 1, Cell 2 located in the Transuranic Storage Area Retrieval Enclosure. On the left, the original box was degraded and could not be retrieved intact, so crews removed its contents and overpacked them in three REBOX, which are large wooden containers. On the right, each of the three REBOXs were placed into Bull Run Soft-Sided Overpacks before being exported from the enclosure.
Innovative Idaho Site Crews Find Ways to Make Waste Retrieval Safer, More Efficient

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – It’s comparable in size to an aircraft, and it was once packed with above-ground transuranic waste.

June 30, 2015
Cleanup Performance Prompts Contract Changes at Hanford’s River Corridor

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office has added an additional year to the current River Corridor Closure contract held by Washington Closure Hanford (WCH).

June 30, 2015
 A radiation control technician surveys the radiation levels in the basement level of the F Reactor.
Hanford Site Inspections Give Four Cocooned Reactors Clean Bill of Health

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers at the Hanford Site took a step back in time as they removed welds from the doors and entered four of the site’s cocooned reactors for required inspections.

June 30, 2015
Sara Ledgerwood and Cindy Schneider, FPDP scientists, use advanced equipment to analyze and characterize samples from the project for metals concentration.
Analytical Laboratory Reopens at Paducah Site

PADUCAH, Ky. – The Analytical Laboratory at EM’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site recently reopened to support the new deactivation mission to prepare the site for future decontamination and decommissioning.

June 30, 2015
EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney gives the keynote address at the Contract and Project Management Workshop.
EM Employees Engage in Interactive Workshop on Contract, Project Management Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - EM employees from across the DOE complex met at the Contract and Project Management Workshop this past month to focus on continuous improvements in planning and execution of contracts and projects.

June 30, 2015
JD Hope (left) and Kevin Carr, with SRNS Regulatory Integration and Environmental Services, prepare a container of fluorescent tubes for recycling at the SRS Recycling Center.
From Silver to Lead, SRS Turns Trash to Treasure

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s contractor for the nuclear cleanup at the Savannah River Site (SRS) operates a robust recycling program that allows for the reuse of precious metals, electronics, scrap metal, and shell casings from trainings for the site’s security force.