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June 5, 2012
EM Officials Join Environmental Management Advisory Board to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tracy Mustin joined other officials last week to mark the 20th year of the independent, volunteer advisory board that offers the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Environmental Management guidance on critical issues involved in the world’s largest nuclear cleanup.

May 22, 2012
NSSAB student liaisons Gumabon, left, and Leavitt discuss their project involving a student survey and educational tool to members of the NSSAB.
High School Students Engage EM Program, Teach Classmates about Nuclear Cleanup

LAS VEGAS – Two high school students are aspiring to educate their classmates on the Nevada National Security Site’s (NNSS) environmental cleanup program after surveying them to gauge their knowledge of it.

May 21, 2012
An online museum on the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant went live earlier this year.
Virtual Museum Captures Ohio Plant History: Web-based Project Preserves Plant’s Uranium Enrichment Legacy

PIKETON, Ohio – Do you wonder what the interior of a uranium enrichment plant looks like without ever stepping foot in the facility?

May 17, 2012
Shown here are high-resolution, three-dimensional ERT images of contaminant distribution
Technologies Provide High-Resolution Subsurface Imaging of Vadose Zone Contamination at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – Cold War waste disposal practices resulted in both planned and unplanned releases of large amounts of radionuclide and heavy metal contamination into the subsurface throughout the DOE complex.

May 15, 2012
Cement trucks transport a specially formulated grout that is pumped into the waste tanks.
Workers Pour 1 Million Gallons of Grout into Massive Tanks

AIKEN, S.C. – Workers have poured more than 1 million gallons of a cement-like grout into two underground radioactive waste tanks, moving the Savannah River Site (SRS) nearer to closing the massive structures.

May 14, 2012
Senior Advisor for Environmental Management Dave Huizenga, right, and Portsmouth-Paducah Project Office Manager Bill Murphie listen as UK College of Design graduate student Nate Owings, foreground, explains a Paducah site model. The model was displayed at the EM Site- Specific Advisory Board Chairs Meeting in Paducah, where Huizenga spoke April 18.
Students Imagine Paducah Site as Technical, Industrial Hub

PADUCAH, Ky. – University of Kentucky (UK) College of Design students envision the Paducah site as a thriving, multiple-use area in the future.

May 7, 2012
EM Announces New Director of Office of External Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM has announced that Paul Seidler has joined EM as the Director of the Office of External Affairs.

May 3, 2012
Four trucks carrying the last scheduled shipment of transuranic waste from Sandia National Laboratories leave Sandia Wednesday, headed to DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M. for safe, permanent disposal.
EM’s Tracy Mustin Celebrates Milestone at New Mexico Lab

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tracy Mustin joined other DOE officials and local and state leaders Wednesday to celebrate the completion of the Cold War legacy waste cleanup at Sandia National Laboratories.

April 25, 2012
Old trailers that had sat for decades in the southwestern part of the Paducah site were cut up and placed in containers so that the debris could be placed in the site’s industrial landfill.
Cost-Efficient Work Rids Paducah Site of Old Facilities

PADUCAH, Ky. – Workers have been removing old storage trailers and large metal containers from the Paducah site at no extra cost to taxpayers as a result of about $150,000 in labor efficiencies and other savings in the work scope of cleanup contractor LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky.

April 24, 2012
Conceptual site model for evaluating soil vapor extraction system performance to determine
if the system should be optimized, terminated, or transitioned to another approach.
New Approach to Assess Volatile Contamination in Vadose Zone Provides Path Forward for Site Closure

RICHLAND, Wash. and LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Through the Deep Vadose Zone-Applied Field Research Initiative (DVZ-AFRI), scientists and engineers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, federal agencies, and the scientific community are collaborating to develop effective, science-based solutions for remediating, characterizing, monitoring, and predicting the behavior and fate of deep vadose zone contamination.