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March 5, 2013
EM Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Joe Franco, right, presents a memento to EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Typifies Optimizing Resources to Maximize Results

EM Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Joe Franco, right, presents a memento to EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga at the February 2013 Waste Management Conference in Phoenix presented by WM Symposia.

March 5, 2013
Alice Williams of EM, left, and Joan Miller of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, sign a Statement of Intent (SOI).
U.S. and Canada Sign Statement of Intent on Nuclear Cleanup

DOE and the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) at the Waste Management Conference.

March 5, 2013
EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management Jack Surash speaks during the session on barriers small businesses face competing for prime contracts.
DOE Discussion on Small Business Contract Barriers

Small and large business representatives discussed barriers to competition at a well-attended Waste Management Conference session.

March 5, 2013
Participants in the session on Advisory Board contributions to the EM program included, left to right, Karen Guevara, Savannah River Site; Ralph Phelps, Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board; Cate Alexander, EM; Eric Roberts, EHI Consultants; Dave Adler, Oak Ridge site; and Ralph Young, Paducah Citizens Advisory Board.
EM Highlights Advisory Board Contributions

Advisory board contributions to the EM program were the subject of a session at the Waste Management Conference.

February 27, 2013
EM Achieves A+ for Government and Community Outreach, Again

WASHINGTON, D.C. EM headquarters received an A+ grade for outreach to local governments and communities in an Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) report released today.

ECA, which represents local governments impacted by DOE activities, released its Community Outreach Scorecard rating the Department’s intergovernmental activities.

February 26, 2013
In a mock scenario, firefighters work with an accident victim during a Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program full field exercise
Nearly 3,000 Emergency Responders Receive EM Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP) — a DOE program managed by EM’s Office of Packaging and Transportation — ensures federal, state, tribal and local responders have access to the plans, training and technical assistance necessary to safely, efficiently and effectively respond to radiological transportation accidents.

February 25, 2013
EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga speaks during the plenary session of the Waste Management Conference in Phoenix today.
Huizenga Kicks Off Waste Management Conference

PHOENIX – EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga shared many accomplishments of the nuclear cleanup program in a speech at the annual Waste Management Conference today, including recent news of its progress on the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) High-Risk List.

February 21, 2013
The Metals Plant is shown before workers removed panels from the structure ln 2012.
Workers Demolish Metals Plant at Paducah Site

PADUCAH, Ky. – EM cleanup efforts at the Paducah site progressed this month with the demolition of one of the site’s most contaminated structures.

February 14, 2013
EM Makes Progress on GAO High-Risk List

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has removed EM capital asset projects of $750 million or less from its high-risk list because of the nuclear cleanup program’s progress in completing that work.

February 13, 2013
Dr. Robert Sindelar, a researcher with Savannah River National Laboratory, arrived in Japan in early February to begin work as a U.S. Embassy Science Fellow, advising Japanese officials on decontamination and environmental cleanup.
DOE-Japan Collaboration Expands with U.S. Embassy Fellows

TOKYO –Two DOE researchers with expertise in EM’s decontamination and environmental restoration are serving as U.S. Embassy Science Fellows in Japan, advising the Ministry of Environment and other agencies as they clean up from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in 2011.