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July 28, 2015
A spider excavator extracts mercury-contaminated soil.
EM’s Los Alamos Site Completes Canyon-Side Cleanup of Mercury-Contaminated Soil

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM’s Los Alamos Field Office recently completed a steep canyon-side cleanup of mercury-contaminated soil on DOE property just south of a shopping center here.

July 20, 2015
Douglas E. Hintze was named the manager of the new EM Los Alamos Field Office.
EM Names Los Alamos Field Office Manager

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM announced today the selection of Douglas E. Hintze as the manager of the new EM Los Alamos (EM-LA) Field Office.

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.

April 30, 2015
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and U.S Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Announce Settlement on Nuclear Waste Incidents

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz released the terms of a $73 million settlement of the State’s claims against the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractors related to the February 2014 incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, New Mexico, including the associated activities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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.