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July 1, 2013
Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan, left, and RSI Vice President Rick Ferguson pose for photos at a May 2012 ceremony for an RSI solar farm at DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park.
Small Business Administration Honors Oak Ridge Subcontractor

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently honored an environmental cleanup company that supports Oak Ridge’s EM program as its Subcontractor of the Year in an eight-state region.

June 21, 2013
Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Williams, left, and EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga, center, talk with Environmental Management Advisory Board Vice-Chair Dennis Ferrigno at the recent board meeting.
EM Reviews Budget, Technology Challenges with Advisory Board

EM leadership met with the Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB) recently to discuss a range of topics, from EM’s fiscal year 2014 budget request to its technology challenges.

June 20, 2013
At Tuesday's Grand County Council meeting in Utah, Moab Federal Project Director Donald Metzler, center, moves a piece from a plaque representing Moab’s uranium mill tailings pile to a plaque representing the disposal cell in recognition of the site achieving a milestone by shipping 6 million tons of the tailings. Grand County Council Chair Gene Ciarus is on the left and Grand County Council Vice Chair Lynn Jackson is on the right.
Moab Marks 6-Million-Ton Cleanup Milestone

MOAB, Utah – 6,000,000 is a big number, and it marks a significant cleanup milestone in the Beehive State.

June 19, 2013
A Hanford site volunteer helps a Boy Scout practice the Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep, or PASS, fire extinguishing technique at the Volpentest HAMMER Training & Education Center in Richland.
Local Scouts Train with Hanford Safety Experts - 52 Boy Scouts Earn Merit Badges at the HAMMER Training Facility

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford site services contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA) hosted a unique opportunity for 52 local Boy Scouts at the Volpentest HAMMER Training & Education Center during two consecutive weekends recently.

June 13, 2013
Workers demolish the West Valley Demonstration Project's largest and most complex ancillary facility.
West Valley Demolition Marks Important Accomplishment for EM

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM marked one of its most significant achievements at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) with the completion of the site’s first nuclear facility demolition this spring.

June 7, 2013
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman, center, presents the Secretary's Achievement Award to Oak Ridge Project Manager David Queen and Oak Ridge EM Deputy Manager Sue Cange for their work in Oak Ridge's K-33 Gaseous Diffusion Process Building Project.
Deputy Secretary Commends EM's Achievement Award Winners

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Every year, DOE honors employees who streamline operations and avoid costs for U.S. taxpayers.

June 7, 2013
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman talks to participants in EM's Contract and Project Management Workshop this week.
Poneman Joins EM Contract and Project Management Workshop

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 140 EM employees from across the DOE complex came together for a two-day workshop this week focusing on the challenges and successes in contract and project management.

June 6, 2013
The Waste Control Specialists Federal Waste Disposal Facility in Andrews, Texas.
DOE Applauds Opening of Historic Disposal Facility

ANDREWS, Texas – DOE officials participated in an event today to celebrate the opening of the first commercial disposal facility of its kind.

June 5, 2013
The EM delegation tours the underground installations of the Underground Research Laboratory in France; EM Lead International Affairs Specialist Ana Han, left to right, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Waste Management Frank Marcinowski, Carlsbad Field Office Manager Joe Franco and EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga.
EM Delegation Shares Lessons Learned on Tour in France

A senior-level delegation led by EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga recently toured nuclear cleanup facilities in France, including a disposal site and a laboratory researching a potential underground radioactive waste repository.

June 3, 2013
John Britton, with Office of River Protection contractor Washington River Protection Solutions, explains the Hanford tank waste program to Western Washington University students in a recent tour of the Hanford site.
Hanford Grows Young Minds Through Site Tours

RICHLAND, Wash. – It is harvest season for cherries, raspberries and rhubarb in Washington state. But employees at the Hanford site are helping grow the young minds of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce.