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August 20, 2012
Cement trucks transport a specially formulated grout that is pumped into two underground waste tanks at the Savannah River Site as part of work to close the massive structures.
Revitalized Board Lays Out New Path amid EM’s Recent Underground Tank Waste Successes

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – A board charged with advancing the cleanup of underground waste storage tanks met this month to establish new working groups and draw lessons from recent successes at the Savannah River and Idaho sites.

August 15, 2012
Members of the project peer review team for the River Corridor Closure Project at the Hanford site gather for a photo while on a tour of Hanford's B Reactor National Historic Landmark in February.
Two Peer Review Processes Help EM Achieve Cost, Schedule Targets in Environmental Cleanup Mission

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM revamped and expanded peer reviews for its contracts and projects in the past year with a goal of improving performance and delivering results in the world’s largest nuclear cleanup on time and within cost.

August 15, 2012
New Facility Saves $20 Million, Accelerates Waste Processing

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s EM program recently began operations at a newly constructed facility that will accelerate the completion of remote-handled transuranic (TRU) waste processing at the site by two years and save taxpayers more than $20 million.

August 14, 2012
Los Alamos National Laboratory has set another record for shipments of transuranic waste in a single fiscal year. Here, the Lab’s 172nd shipment leaves the Lab on Aug. 2, headed for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
LANL Sets Waste Shipping Record for Fourth Consecutive Year: Lab has sent 172 shipments so far this year; aiming for 200 by September 30

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., August 6, 2012—For the fourth consecutive year, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s TRU Waste Program has shipped a record number of transuranic (TRU) waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M, for permanent disposal.

August 9, 2012
A screenshot shows the EM Flickr Collection, which organizes more than 1,100 photos from around the EM complex.
EM Launches Comprehensive Flickr Collection

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM recently established an EM Flickr Collection, which organizes over 1,100 photos from around the EM complex.

August 2, 2012
EM Boosts Efforts to Help Japan through Commission Work

TOKYO – EM continues to assist Japan as it recovers from a 2011 nuclear accident through a newly formed bilateral commission established to build on the close, collaborative relationship between the U.S. and Japan.

July 18, 2012
Secretary Chu, right, discusses electric vehicles with Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, at an event in 2011.
EM Reports Success in Drive to Meet DOE Fleet Reduction Goals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM is on pace to meet the first of a series of goals to reduce its vehicle fleet and help DOE accomplish a broader initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions and decrease petroleum consumption across the complex.

July 12, 2012
DOE and UCOR employees held an event today celebrating the recent contract reconciliation.
EM, UCOR Quickly Reconcile Oak Ridge Cleanup Contract

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – At a ceremony today, Oak Ridge’s Environmental Management (EM) program and its prime contractor, URS | CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC (UCOR) celebrated the completion of the site’s reconciled cleanup contract.

July 2, 2012
Advisory Board Makes Valuable Contributions to EM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The eight local boards of the EM Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB) provided 56 recommendations collectively in 2011, according to a recent assessment of board input into the EM program.

June 28, 2012
DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity Director Dot Harris, left, presents the Sub-to-Prime Small Business Champion of the Year Award to EM Small Business Advocate Kay Rash, center, and EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management Jack Surash during DOE’s Fiscal Year 2011 DOE Secretarial Small Business Awards Program Wednesday.
EM Wins Award for Role as Strong Small Businesses Advocate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DOE on Wednesday honored EM as the inaugural recipient of a new award for extraordinary efforts to expand contract opportunities for small businesses.