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June 30, 2015
An innovative computerized process now used at SRS allows for highly efficient management of environmental sampling information. SRNS Environmental Monitoring Program Field Technician Rebecca Sturdivant checks the calibration of a flowmeter installed near a small stream at SRS.
Innovative, Safer Alternatives Improve Environmental Sampling at Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – Dr. Ruth Patrick was a visionary in environmental monitoring.

June 30, 2015
Mixing It Up

PADUCAH, Ky. – A 150-foot-tall crane turns an eight-foot-diameter auger performing deep-soil mixing at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s southwest groundwater plume. More than 260 borings are being made to a depth of about 60 feet to remove a source of trichloroethene groundwater contamination.

June 30, 2015
Cement trucks hauling specially-formulated grout are once again traversing SRS after grouting activities on Tank 16 began in June.
Grouting Begins on Next SRS Waste Tank

AIKEN, S.C. – Cement trucks hauling specially-formulated grout are once again traversing the Savannah River Site (SRS) after grouting activities on the next underground radioactive liquid waste storage tank began this month.

June 30, 2015
Training through use of virtual reality technology at Savannah River National Laboratory.
Virtual Reality for Nuclear Material Handling

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is applying a high-tech solution to complex and dangerous workforce training: virtual reality.

June 29, 2015
Once the building was down, heavy equipment operators began “top-down” shearing to safely remove the remaining structure. Demolition debris was then downsized and loaded into rail cars for shipment off site.
EM’s Paducah Site Completes Building Removals

PADUCAH, Ky. – EM recently completed demolition of the last of 32 inactive facilities to be removed as part of the cleanup scope that existed before commercial uranium enrichment operations ended at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and the plant facilities were returned to DOE.

June 10, 2015
During today's interactive Business Opportunity Forum, participants submitted many questions to Jack Surash, EM's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management, who provided answers during the event. The questions focused on general procurement policies and specific acquisitions.
EM Hosts Well-Attended, Successful Business Opportunity Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM hosted its quarterly public forum today to discuss upcoming business opportunities for contractors in the legacy nuclear cleanup program.

May 28, 2015
Darryl Pea of Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project demonstrates use of a wind-speed meter to a class at Carlisle County Middle School.
Paducah Area Students See Opportunities in STEM

PADUCAH, Ky. – Encouraging student interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is critical to meeting EM’s future challenges related to environmental cleanup and decontaminating and decommissioning nuclear facilities.

May 28, 2015
Isidro Chavez with his mother, Adela.
Determination Leads Employee on Career Fast Track at EM’s Office of River Protection

RICHLAND, Wash. – Even though she only understood two words, it was probably the best early Mother’s Day present ever for Adela Chavez.

May 28, 2015
A pup is a reusable blue overpack that weighs about 360 pounds.
Unique Waste Leaves Portsmouth in a ‘Pup’

PIKETON, Ohio – Workers at EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Site recently closed the lid on a brand new transportation container called a ‘pup’ and sent it off site for treatment and disposal.

May 28, 2015
EM’s Richland Operations Office Marks Milestone in Preparing its Highest-Risk Facility for Demolition

Hanford workers safely and compliantly packaged and prepared for disposal the last of more than 50 pencil tank assemblies from the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) recently. The tanks are nicknamed pencil tanks due to their long, narrow shape.