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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.

April 23, 2012
A controlled, phased
startup of the Integrated
Waste Treatment Unit
began today after the
facility passed a federal
Idaho Site Launches Startup of Waste Treatment Facility Following Federal Inspection, DOE Milestone

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Idaho site today initiated the controlled, phased startup of a new waste treatment facility scheduled to begin treating 900,000 gallons of radioactive liquid waste stored in underground tanks at a former Cold War spent nuclear fuel reprocessing facility next month.

March 30, 2012
A framework agreement between DOE and the State of New Mexico calls for the Lab’s TRU Waste Program to ship 3,706 cubic meters of combustible or dispersible transuranic waste to WIPP for permanent disposal by June 30, 2014.
Lab Ahead of Schedule Processing Waste in Large Boxes

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – The TRU Waste Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory is currently two months ahead of schedule processing and repackaging waste stored in large fiberglass-reinforced boxes (FRPs).

March 23, 2012
DOE Seeks Industry Input on Nickel Disposition Strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Energy Department’s prime contractor, Fluor-B&W Portsmouth (FBP), managing the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP), issued a request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) seeking industry input to support the development of an acquisition strategy for potential disposition of DOE nickel.

March 19, 2012
Idaho Site Contractor Achieves Treatment Project Milestone

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Idaho site’s main cleanup contractor recently achieved a major performance milestone by successfully passing an operational readiness review for a first-of-a-kind facility that will treat the remaining 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste generated by the site’s legacy cleanup mission.

March 16, 2012
Carlsbad Field Office Manager Joe Franco, right, exchanges greetings with Mark Long, Jr.,
a Washington TRU Solutions LLC employee, at a WIPP all-hands meeting in February.
“WIPP is America’s only and the world’s best,” Franco said of the deep geologic repository
for nuclear waste.
New Carlsbad Field Office Manager Hits the Ground Running

CARLSBAD, N.M. – If you want to catch up with Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Joe Franco, you may have to run. In fact, his first weeks in his new job have looked like a sprint.