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April 16, 2015
DOE Issues WIPP Radiological Release Phase II Investigation Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) released the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) Phase II Report related to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico.

March 26, 2015
Technical Assessment Team Report on Cause of Breached Drum at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Released

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today released a report by an independent team of technical experts that evaluated the mechanisms and chemical reactions contributing to the failure of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M.

March 24, 2015
The SRS Non-Destructive Radionuclide Assay Team, from left, include Steve Mackmull (now retired), DOE-Savannah River; Todd Shepley, Canberra; and Lee Fox and Steve Mentrup, SRNS. Not pictured: Bert Crapse, DOE-Savannah River; Ronnie Lee, WIPP Central Characterization Program; and Dan Remington, Bruce Gillespie, and Joe Wachter, Canberra.
EM’s Award-Winning Projects Save More Than $10 Million, Advance Sustainability at Department of Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two EM projects that spared resources, increased the efficiency of radioactive waste processing, and saved more than $10.6 million were honored as recipients of DOE’s 2014 Sustainability Awards.

March 4, 2015
EM Acquisition and Project Management Deputy Assistant Secretary Jack Surash addresses participants in EM's Business Opportunity Forum.
EM Hosts Business Opportunity Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 80 people gathered at a public forum today on EM’s federal procurement process and upcoming business opportunities in the legacy nuclear cleanup program.

February 9, 2015
EM Sets Next Business Opportunities Forum for March 4

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM will host its next quarterly public forum to discuss upcoming business opportunities in the legacy nuclear cleanup program on Wednesday, March 4.

December 11, 2014
EM Acquisition and Project Management Deputy Assistant Secretary Jack Surash speaks to participants of EM's Business Opportunity Forum.
EM Hosts Business Opportunity Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 50 people gathered at a public forum today on EM’s federal procurement process and upcoming business opportunities in the legacy nuclear cleanup program.

December 1, 2014
DOE Names New Richland Operations Manager

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the selection of Stacy Charboneau as the Manager of the Richland Operations Office (DOE-RL) at the Hanford Site in southwest Washington State.

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.