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December 14, 2011
Participants in the workshops in Germany toured Asse II, one of Germany’s two salt-based repositories, to gain insights into that facility’s technical challenges and proposed solutions. Pictured, left to right, are an Asse II employee, Bernhard Kienzler of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, CBFO Chief Scientist Roger Nelson, CBFO International Programs Manager Dr. Abraham Van Luik, and Andrew Wolfsberg, Acting Deputy Division Leader for Earth and Environmental Sciences at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
EM Gains Insight from Germany on Salt-Based Repositories

KARLSRUHE and PEINE, Germany – EM officials recently took part in workshops in Germany to benefit from the exchange of research and experience operating salt-based repositories for radioactive waste.

December 8, 2011
EM Lays Out Details of Proposed Reorganization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM Acting Assistant Secretary Dave Huizenga on Thursday announced a proposed reorganization that would move components of the Cold War cleanup under a matrix structure to better align the program and achieve mission success. This framework fosters collaborative decision making for shared goals and supports improvements across the program.

November 16, 2011
EM’s Tracy Mustin Welcomes Students to DOE Fellows Program

MIAMI –EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tracy Mustin welcomed 11 new Florida International University (FIU) students to the DOE Fellows program at an induction ceremony in Miami today.

November 15, 2011
SRR Bubbler Project Manager Bill Pepper, center, accepts the PMI Project of the Year award from Eloy Saldivar, left, president of the Savannah River Chapter of PMI. DWPF Facility Manager Les Sonnenberg is on the right.
Savannah River Site Contractor Receives Project Management Institute Award

AIKEN, S.C. – The local chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) recently honored the Savannah River Site liquid waste contractor with its 2011 Project of the Year award.

November 9, 2011
The U.S. delegation of DOE representatives, including DOE national laboratory and
contractor staff, are pictured, front row, left to right, Doug Akers, Steve Schneider,
Robert Montgomery, Dan McCabe, Steve Herring, Paul Bredt, Rich Abitz; back row,
left to right, Jeff Miller, Jeff Griffin, Bob Sindelar, Reid Peterson, Chuck Negin, and
Wayne Johnson.
EM-Led Delegation Offers Expertise in Workshop in Japan

TOKYO – When Japanese officials began cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident that occurred this year, they called on the DOE to provide expertise and experience.

November 9, 2011
Lawrence Livermore Site Office Manager Joins EM’s Senior Leadership Team

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM Acting Assistant Secretary Dave Huizenga announced today that Alice Williams, manager of the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Lawrence Livermore Site Office has joined the EM senior leadership team.

November 4, 2011
EM Receives Several Honors in 2011 DOE Sustainability Awards

Several EM employees, projects and teams were honored as part of the 2011 DOE Sustainability Awards announced this week.

November 3, 2011
The Savannah River National Laboratory completed successful deployments of the RadBall, a gamma radiation-mapping device.
SRNL Deploys Innovative Radiation Mapping Device

The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), EM’s national lab, has made strides with remote technology designed to reduce worker exposure while measuring radiation in contaminated areas.

August 18, 2011
Idaho State Patrol Troopers Rick Stouse and Tony Anderson inspected the TRUPACTS, containers which contain TRU waste, and trailer containing the final shipment of Hanford offsite waste. The Idaho State Patrol officers have played an important role in AMWTP's success by inspecting every one of AMWTP's nearly 3,900 shipments.
Final Hanford Offsite Waste Shipment Leaves Idaho Treatment Facility

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) recently completed the last of 25 shipments of waste bound for permanent disposal in New Mexico and Nevada, six months ahead of a regulatory deadline.

July 29, 2011
GAO Protest to AMWTP Contract Withdrawn

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On July 29, 2011, CH2M Hill Newport News Nuclear, LLC, withdrew its protest of the award of the waste processing contract at Idaho’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Plant (AMWTP).