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October 30, 2014
EM Prepares Report for Convention on Safety of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM supported DOE in its role as the lead technical agency to produce a report recently for the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

October 30, 2014
Workers with Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company load a piece of glovebox into a large standard waste box for transportation and disposal. The glovebox was removed from Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant, a former plutonium processing plant workers are preparing for demolition.
Online Tool Helps Save More Than $1 Billion

RICHLAND, Wash. – In 2011, EM’s Richland Operations Office faced issues common throughout the federal government: a future of fiscal restraint and the desire to complete more work with fewer dollars.

October 30, 2014
Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) Integration Manager Keith Harp (front right) points to the spot where the Savannah River Site’s liquid waste facilities transfer lines will connect to lines from the SWPF, which stands in the background. Looking on are, from left, Frank Sheppard, vice president and deputy project manager of Parsons, the SWPF contractor; EM Construction Oversight Representative Mike Mayo; EM SWPF Federal Project Director Pam Marks; EM SWPF Chief Engineer Robert Leugemors; EM SWPF Quality Assurance Manager David Quattlebaum; Parsons Vice President of Construction Chuck Swain; EM SWPF Construction Manager Teresa Tomac; SRR President and Project Manager Stuart MacVean; EM Waste Disposition Project Acting Assistant Manager Jim Folk; and EM SWPF Deputy Federal Project Director Shayne Farrell.
Transfer Lines to Connect Liquid Waste Facilities and Salt Waste Processing Facility

AIKEN, S.C. – Officials with the EM program at Savannah River Site (SRS) recently announced a key milestone in preparation for the startup of the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF): workers installed more than 1,200 feet of new transfer lines that will eventually connect existing liquid waste facilities to SWPF.

October 30, 2014
Julie Longenecker, left, and Jill Conrad, center, watch Keith Mendez handle obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass, which is part of a simulated fire hearth at the cultural test beds site.
Hanford Site, Tribes Raise Awareness of Culturally Significant Resources With Training Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – About seven acres in size, the cultural resources test beds site is a small area of the 586-square-mile Hanford site. But its impact is big.

October 30, 2014
Restoration of a 90-acre powerhouse ash basin at the Savannah River Site, pictured here, is under way as workers remove tens of millions of gallons of water from the basin.
EM Takes on Next Environmental Cleanup Challenge at SRS: Coal-Fired Ash

AIKEN, S.C. – A large, 1950s-era, coal-fired power plant sits cold and dark at the Savannah River Site (SRS), but employees with EM and its management and operations contractor are preparing to clean up the facility’s substantial quantities of ash generated over the decades.

October 21, 2014
EM Paducah site lead Jennifer Woodard accepts the symbolic key to the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, commemorating the return of the leased facilities from Centrus Energy Corp. to EM in a ceremony at the plant this morning. Also pictured are, back row, left to right, Fluor Federal Services Paducah Deactivation Project Operations Director Bob Nichols; EM Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Deputy Manager Robert Edwards; Centrus Energy Paducah Government Services Director Mark Keef; Centrus Acting General Manager/Paducah Plant Manager Mike Buckner; and Centrus American Centrifuge Vice President Steve Penrod.
Deactivation Project Begins at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

PADUCAH, Ky. – At 7:01 this morning, EM officially received the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant from the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), a subsidiary of Centrus Energy Corp. In a brief ceremony, EM site lead Jennifer Woodard received a symbolic key to the plant from Centrus Vice President Steve Penrod.

October 16, 2014
CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, and EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney discuss points of interest on a map of the WIPP underground.
Head of EM Visits Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

CARLBAD, N.M. – EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney today visited the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M., where he became the first non-WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

October 9, 2014
Workers begin demolishing the K-31 Building.
EM Begins Demolishing K-31 Gaseous Diffusion Building

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM's demolition of the K-31 Building at Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) began Wednesday, marking the removal of the fourth of five gaseous diffusion buildings at the former uranium enrichment site.

October 2, 2014
More Than 14 Million Environmental Sampling Records from National Laboratory Are Now Available Online

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Regulators, stakeholders, scientists and the greater public will have access to remediation and other environmental data records associated with EM’s legacy nuclear cleanup program in near real time on a new website portal.

September 30, 2014
From left to right, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fuel Cycle Technologies John Herczeg, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto, and UK National Nuclear Laboratory Managing Director Paul Howarth sign a Statement of Intent amendment at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.
UK Nuclear Cleanup and Research Experts Visit DOE to Expand Collaboration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Kingdom’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) met with senior members of EM and DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) recently to amend a landmark Statement of Intent to include the NNL in collaborations on radioactive waste and nuclear materials cleanup and management.