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August 28, 2014
Employees from CBFO, associated DOE contractors and laboratories, elected officials, WIPP stakeholders, and leaders from New Mexico communities attended a meeting at WIPP where the Secretary (at podium) addressed the group and answered questions. Seated from left: DOE Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance David Klaus; Franco; U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich (N.M.); U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.); and Bob McQuinn, president and project manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), the WIPP management and operating contractor.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Visits WIPP

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz accepts special recognition on behalf of DOE for support of the expansion and upgrade to Carlsbad’s Double Eagle Water System from Mayor Dale Janway (right) at a town hall-style meeting this month.

August 28, 2014
From left, Colmon Elrige, executive assistant to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear; Jennie Freels, quality assurance support and programs manager; and Michelle Dudley, quality assurance manager. Freels and Dudley are with LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky.
Cleanup Contractor at Paducah Site Receives Performance Excellence Award

PADUCAH, Ky. – The environmental cleanup contractor at EM’s Paducah site has been honored for demonstrating serious commitment to performance improvement principles.

August 28, 2014
CBFO Manager Joe Franco (sixth from left) with the WIPP Red Team and competition officials at the 2014 National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Competition.
WIPP Team Chosen as Overall Champion at National Mine Rescue Competition

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Mine Rescue Red Team was selected as overall champion from among 41 teams that participated in the National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Competition in Lexington, Ky. this month.

August 26, 2014
 EM’s first Business Opportunity Forum takes place 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 4 at DOE’s Forrestal Building in Washington, D.C.
EM Launches Forum on Business Opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM will host its first quarterly public forum to discuss upcoming business opportunities in the legacy nuclear cleanup program with contractors.

August 21, 2014
Workers observe the demolition of the West Water Tower at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Workers Safely Tear Down Towers at Manhattan Project Site

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – After decades dominating the Los Alamos National Laboratory skyline, two water towers were safely demolished by workers in a matter of hours recently, bringing EM’s Environmental Projects Office at Los Alamos a step closer to transferring the land for future commercial or industrial use.

July 29, 2014
Dan Melamed is a program analyst for EM.
Professional Association Honors EM Employee with Technical Excellence Award

An association with expertise in project cost and schedule management honored an EM employee with its Technical Excellence Award.

July 29, 2014
 Crews conducted the geophysics study using a machine called the Super Sting to measure the resistivity of the complex underlying geologic strata.
Removing High Explosives from Groundwater

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – In an initiative supported by EM, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program is addressing high explosive contamination in surface water and groundwater at a location this summer in the forests surrounding the laboratory.

July 29, 2014
EM’s Office of D&D and Facility Engineering is preparing a five-year strategic plan to include key areas such as robotic and remote system development. EM has employed robots such as Tizzy, shown here, which removed high-level solid radioactive material from underground waste tanks. Photographers and other admirers watch as Tizzy readies for a mission of nuclear waste removal at the Savannah River Site.
Five-Year Technology Development Strategic Plan Targets EM’s Decommissioning Challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leaders from EM headquarters and field offices and the UK’s Sellafield nuclear site gathered recently to discuss developing technologies needed to address decommissioning challenges across the Cold War cleanup program.

July 29, 2014
Sampling locations are on steep, heavily vegetated terrain requiring subcontractor TerranearPMC crews to take hand-augured samples rather than using a drill rig.
Los Alamos National Laboratory Investigates Fenton Hill to Support Future Land Use

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Supporting future land use for the U.S. Forest Service, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program (CAP) completed sampling soil at Fenton Hill in the Jemez Mountains this month.

July 29, 2014
A container holding plutonium-bearing materials is placed inside an outer container. A number of these containers at SRS go through examinations each year to look for signs of degradation.
SRS Completes Annual Examinations to Verify Safe Storage of Nuclear Materials

AIKEN, S.C. – The EM program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) recently completed an annual process in K Area that validates the site’s ongoing commitment to maintaining the safety and security of nuclear materials stored there.