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May 15, 2013
A product drum of mixed low-level waste is lowered into a high-density polyethylene macro-pack.
Innovative Technique Accelerates Waste Disposal at Idaho Site

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – An innovative treatment and disposal technique is enabling the Idaho site to accelerate shipments of legacy nuclear waste for permanent disposal.

May 13, 2013
Front row, left to right, NuVision Engineering Vice President Laurie Judd, EM Lead International Affairs Specialist Ana Han, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Williams and United Kingdom Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Head of International Relations John Mathieson; back row, left to right, NDA Sellafield Site Deputy Head Graham Jonsson and EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tank Waste and Nuclear Material Management Ken Picha.
EM Delegation Tours UK Cleanup Program’s Sellafield Site

A senior-level EM delegation led by Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Williams visited the United Kingdom’s Sellafield nuclear site to gain insight into the cleanup projects and facilities under the jurisdiction of the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

May 9, 2013
EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga, left, receives the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive award from Eric Coulter, treasurer of the board of directors for the Senior Executives Association, which sponsors the awards program.
EM’s Huizenga Receives Presidential Rank Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga recently received the nation’s highest civil service recognition, the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive award.

May 8, 2013
Steve Hampson of the University of Kentucky, left to right, West Kentucky Community & Technical College President Dr. Barbara Veazey, Paducah Junior College Board of Trustees member Ken Wheeler and Buz Smith of the DOE Paducah Site Office examine a DOE Paducah Site groundwater model exhibit at the West Kentucky Community & Technical College Emerging Technology Center.
Community College Highlights Paducah Site Groundwater Model

PADUCAH, Ky. – Three-dimensional models showing EM’s groundwater cleanup progress at the Paducah site are on display at a cutting-edge technology building on Paducah’s community college campus.

May 7, 2013
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Robert Martineau, left to right, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Oak Ridge EM Manager Mark Whitney, EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga and EPA Deputy Regional Administrator for Region 4 Stan Meiburg gathered for the announcement on mercury cleanup.
Oak Ridge EM Program Increases Focus on Mercury Cleanup

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga recently joined local lawmakers and state and federal officials to announce their partnership to increase focus on cleanup of mercury — one of Oak Ridge’s greatest environmental threats — at the Y-12 National Security Complex.

May 2, 2013
Students from the University of Utah contemplate the hillside geology at the rail load out area while Moab Federal Project Director Donald Metzler (in orange vest) addresses a question. The uranium mill tailings pile is behind and below the viewing area.
Moab Project Offers Unique Educational Resource in Site Tours

MOAB, Utah – As the weather warms up, EM's Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project site in southeastern Utah becomes a popular destination for tours, especially by universities.

April 30, 2013
Board Focuses on Budget in First Virtual Semi-Annual Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The EM Site-Specific Advisory Board (EMSSAB) Chairs held their semi-annual meeting via webinar recently, a move to curtail costs in a challenging fiscal climate.

April 29, 2013
Members of the Environment and Waste Management Working Group of the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology Joint Coordinated Committee from DOE include, front row, EM Technical Advisor for Foreign Affairs Rosa Elmetti (center) and EM Office of Tank Waste Management Director Steve Schneider (right); middle row, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Manager for Environmental Restoration Jesse Yow (left) and EM Savannah River Operations Office Assistant Manager for Infrastructure and Environmental Stewardship Karen Guevara (center); and third row, Savannah River National Laboratory Associate Laboratory Director for Environmental Stewardship Dr. Jeff Griffin (second from right).
Meeting Offers Opportunity to Discuss EM Cleanup with China

BEIJING – EM officials participated in the 8th U.S.-China Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology (PUNT) Joint Coordinated Committee meeting in Beijing this month.

April 25, 2013
Oak Ridge’s EM leadership informed members of the public about projects and goals and answered questions during a public workshop this week.
Oak Ridge’s EM Program Seeks Public Input on Cleanup

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge's EM office held a public meeting this week to discuss the program’s upcoming budget and cleanup priorities.

April 22, 2013
Head of EM to Kick Off Congressional Nuclear Cleanup Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga will provide an overview of EM’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget Thursday in the first of six briefings for the 19th annual U.S. House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus.