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June 28, 2012
DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity Director Dot Harris, left, presents the Sub-to-Prime Small Business Champion of the Year Award to EM Small Business Advocate Kay Rash, center, and EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management Jack Surash during DOE’s Fiscal Year 2011 DOE Secretarial Small Business Awards Program Wednesday.
EM Wins Award for Role as Strong Small Businesses Advocate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DOE on Wednesday honored EM as the inaugural recipient of a new award for extraordinary efforts to expand contract opportunities for small businesses.

June 20, 2012
Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga, fifth from left, and EM Office of External Affairs Director Paul Seidler, first from left, stand for a photo with leaders and staff members of the Tribal Nations while on a tour of the Rocky Flats site following the Tribal Leader Dialogue in Denver on Tuesday.
EM Convenes Historic Meeting with Leaders of Tribal Nations

DENVER – EM made history on Tuesday by bringing together eight leaders of Tribal Nations to discuss progress in the nuclear cleanup and build partnerships to better shape the future of DOE sites.

June 13, 2012
Harrel McCray, left, and Joey Clark, employees with SRS management and operations
contractor, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, stand by an extensive SRS cleanup system that
safely and successfully rid the site of more than 33,000 gallons of non-radioactive chemical
solvents from 10 million cubic feet of soil through the injection of millions of pounds of steam.
Cutting-Edge Savannah River Site Project Avoids Millions in Costs, Removes Chemical Solvents from Underground: Project avoided costs totaling more than $15 million, removed tons of chemical solvents from beneath the Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – Workers recently completed a multiyear project that removed more than 33,000 gallons of non-radioactive chemical solvents from beneath a portion of the Savannah River Site (SRS), preventing those pollutants from entering the local water table and helping the site avoid costs of more than $15 million.

June 6, 2012
EM Publishes Federal Register Notice of Intent to Prepare Supplement to Long-Term Mercury Storage EIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM on Tuesday published a notice of intent in the Federal Register to prepare a supplement to its January 2011 Environmental Impact Statement for the Long-Term Management and Storage of Elemental Mercury to analyze additional alternatives, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

June 5, 2012
EM Officials Join Environmental Management Advisory Board to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tracy Mustin joined other officials last week to mark the 20th year of the independent, volunteer advisory board that offers the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Environmental Management guidance on critical issues involved in the world’s largest nuclear cleanup.

May 22, 2012
NSSAB student liaisons Gumabon, left, and Leavitt discuss their project involving a student survey and educational tool to members of the NSSAB.
High School Students Engage EM Program, Teach Classmates about Nuclear Cleanup

LAS VEGAS – Two high school students are aspiring to educate their classmates on the Nevada National Security Site’s (NNSS) environmental cleanup program after surveying them to gauge their knowledge of it.

May 21, 2012
An online museum on the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant went live earlier this year.
Virtual Museum Captures Ohio Plant History: Web-based Project Preserves Plant’s Uranium Enrichment Legacy

PIKETON, Ohio – Do you wonder what the interior of a uranium enrichment plant looks like without ever stepping foot in the facility?

May 17, 2012
Shown here are high-resolution, three-dimensional ERT images of contaminant distribution
Technologies Provide High-Resolution Subsurface Imaging of Vadose Zone Contamination at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – Cold War waste disposal practices resulted in both planned and unplanned releases of large amounts of radionuclide and heavy metal contamination into the subsurface throughout the DOE complex.

May 15, 2012
Cement trucks transport a specially formulated grout that is pumped into the waste tanks.
Workers Pour 1 Million Gallons of Grout into Massive Tanks

AIKEN, S.C. – Workers have poured more than 1 million gallons of a cement-like grout into two underground radioactive waste tanks, moving the Savannah River Site (SRS) nearer to closing the massive structures.

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.