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March 14, 2013
Moab Site employees
EM Leaders Visit Employees at Moab Site

EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tracy Mustin and EM Consolidated Business Center Director Jack Craig visited the Moab Project sites in Utah on March 12.

March 12, 2013
Workers use this mobile survey vehicle in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act work at the Hanford site to survey remediated areas for radiological contamination.
EM Rolls Ahead of DOE Goals to Trim Vehicle Fleet Inventory

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM exceeded a DOE goal to reduce its vehicle fleet inventory, advancing the Department’s broader initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions and decrease petroleum consumption across the complex.

March 11, 2013
An aerial view of Hanford’s D Area shows the D Reactor (lower left) and DR Reactor. Workers are digging 85 feet to groundwater at two sites there to remove chromium contamination.
Hanford Deep Dig Removes Contaminated Soil

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers at the Hanford site are digging deep into several waste sites near the Columbia River to remove soil contaminated with chromium.

March 7, 2013
A view of the new facility where transuranic waste will be repackaged at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
EM Opens New Waste Repackaging Facility at Laboratory

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM has added another facility to its arsenal of waste repackaging capabilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

March 7, 2013
Workers construct an enclosure for Building H2 at the Separations Process Research Unit
EM Marks Milestone at Separations Process Research Unit

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – EM met a major regulatory milestone at the Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) by completing construction of enclosures and ventilation systems required for cleanup.

March 6, 2013
DOE Announces Preference for Disposal of Hanford Transuranic Tank Waste at WIPP

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced its preferred alternative to retrieve, treat, package, characterize and certify certain Hanford tank waste for disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico, if such waste is properly classified in the future as defense-related mixed transuranic tank waste (mixed TRU waste).

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.