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January 27, 2016
Grand Challenge Semifinalist Study Yields Results for Hanford Plant's Ventilation System

RICHLAND, Wash. – Results of a recent EM Office of River Protection (ORP) effort to develop a test method and measure of the thermal properties of waste glasses show that the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant’s Low Activity Waste Facility is adequately designed to allow for the cooling of hot glass in the containers.

January 27, 2016
H Canyon Control Room operators Terry Usry and Audrey Davis start the first process operation in H Canyon, which purifies the uranium solution for eventual use as commercial nuclear reactor fuel.
DOE Rates EM’s Savannah River Site Contractor as ‘Very Good’ in Fee Determination Scorecard

AIKEN, S.C. – In its award fee determination scorecard for fiscal year 2015, DOE gave the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) management and operations contractor an overall “very good” rating, allowing the company to receive $37.8 million, or 82.7 percent of its total fee of $45.7 million.

January 27, 2016
Centerra protective force personnel conduct a vehicle inspection to prevent the introduction of prohibited items into a limited area at SRS. The canine team is trained to detect the presence of explosives and assists with vehicle and package inspections.
Centerra Earns High Performance Rating for Savannah River Site Security Operations

AIKEN, S.C. – The Savannah River Site (SRS) security contractor Centerra received high performance ratings from DOE in fiscal year 2015, earning $5,280,546 of the available $5,739,724 fee.

January 27, 2016
Pictured, front row, left to right, EERE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary David Freidman and EMCBC Manager Ralph Holland; back row, left to right, EERE Project Management Coordination Office (PMCO) Management Analyst Kara Peralta, Ted Donat, supervisor in PMCO, EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto, PMCO Director Scott Hine, and EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney.
EMCBC Honored for Helping Administer American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds

DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) honored the Cincinnati-based EM Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) this month for work EMCBC completed under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

January 27, 2016
A robotic arm sorts contaminated materials in an AMWTP boxline.
EM to Employ New Robotic Arms in Cleanup

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM is working to obtain new robotic arms to help in the treatment of legacy waste at an Idaho Site facility.

January 27, 2016
An Idaho Site electrician racks out a breaker so a cubicle can be cleaned as part of preventive maintenance.
Electrical Safety Investment Safeguards Employees at Large Idaho Facility

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Idaho Site’s main cleanup contractor is using a $1.8 million DOE investment to safeguard employees from the threat of second- and third-degree electrical arc flash burns.

January 27, 2016
Pictured left to right, Fluor Government Group President Bruce Stanski, SRNL Deputy Director Sharon Marra, Clemson President Dr. James P. Clements, Clemson Provost Dr. Bob Jones, and SRNL Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Michalske.
EM’s Laboratory Partners with University for Excellence in Research

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and a South Carolina University have entered a unique partnership that provides for an independent peer review program to ensure the laboratory’s continued high scientific and technical standards.

January 27, 2016
H Canyon Crane Operator Steven Thomas has just under 40 years of experience at SRS.
Savannah River Site Crane Operators Show Dedication, Skill in Complex Work

AIKEN, S.C. – Savannah River Site (SRS) H Canyon operations have changed substantially since the facility’s construction in 1950, but the training, dedication, and skill of its crane operators have not.

January 27, 2016
Displaying the reward of a team effort between CWI and Idaho Power, from left to right, are Jim Floerke, Chuck Urbanski, and Brian Preussner, all with CWI, and Bo Hanchey and Vern Porter with Idaho Power.
Public Utility Awards EM’s Idaho Site Contractor for Energy Conservation

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM’s main cleanup contractor at the Idaho Site received nearly a quarter-million dollars in incentive checks from Idaho Power’s Custom Efficiency program for implementing energy-conservation ideas at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC).

January 14, 2016
SRS employees and contractors gather to celebrate SWPF contractor Parsons' Star status, the highest recognition in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). DOE launched VPP in 1994 to encourage and recognize excellence in occupational safety and health protection. The program outlines areas DOE contractors and subcontractors can exceed compliance with DOE orders and Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. It relies on cooperation between managers, employees, and DOE to continuously improve health and safety programs.
Completing Salt Waste Processing Facility is an EM Priority and Key to SRS Cleanup Progress

AIKEN, S.C. – Cleanup of the Savannah River Site (SRS) is set to reach an important milestone in May with completion of the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) construction. When operational, the facility will significantly increase the amount of high-level radioactive tank waste processed and prepared for disposition.