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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.

February 5, 2013
South Carolina State University students William Dumpson, left, and Alejandra Chirino, center, talk with Savannah River National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Michalske at a recent research exchange involving the laboratory and seven historically black colleges and universities.
Students, Faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities Share Research with EM Laboratory in Successful Exchange

AIKEN, S.C. – Students and faculty from seven historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) recently convened a research exchange for the first time at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL).

January 31, 2013
DOE to Address Small Businesses Barriers in Government Contracting at Waste Management Conference

PHOENIX – EM and the DOE Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) are working to address barriers that hinder small businesses from competing for prime contracts for work in the Cold War cleanup program.

January 23, 2013
Employees with the K-25 demolition team gather for a photo following the completion of demolition of the north end of the K-25 Building today.
Oak Ridge EM Program Completes K-25 North End Demolition

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – News cameras today captured one of the final stages of DOE’s largest-ever demolition project.

January 22, 2013
The Society of American Military Engineers focuses on the Idaho site’s environmental cleanup in the latest issue of its publication, The Military Engineer. This photo of the Engineering Test Reactor, which was decommissioned and demolished at the Idaho site, is featured in the story.
Idaho Site’s Cold War Cleanup Takes Center Stage in Publication

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – An association with more than 29,000 members featured an in-depth article on EM’s extensive Cold War legacy cleanup at the Idaho site in the current issue of its publication, The Military Engineer.