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November 28, 2012
Manhattan Project veteran Ralph Gates (far right) celebrates Christmas in 1945. Gates contributed to the Voices of the Manhattan Project, a storytelling project launched by the Atomic Heritage Foundation and Los Alamos Historical Society.
Atomic Bombs, Winning the War and Women in Pants: Voices of the Manhattan Project Speak of the Nation’s History

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A year out of high school in 1944, Nashville native Colleen Black joined the Manhattan Project at the Oak Ridge site in Tennessee. Her parents and other family members were also working on the secretive project to help the war effort.

November 26, 2012
Report on D&D of Large Components with Valuable EM Contributions is Available on Powerpedia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM’s Office of Deactivation and Decommissioning/Facility Engineering (D&D/FE), representing DOE on the Nuclear Energy Agency’s (NEA) Working Party on Decommissioning and Dismantling (WPDD) of the Radioactive Waste Management Committee, provided significant contributions to the recently published report titled, “The Management of Large Components from Decommissioning to Storage and Disposal.”

November 20, 2012
Department of Energy Announces Senior Management Changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of Environmental Management (EM) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today jointly announced two key personnel changes that will bring significant leadership and project management experience to both organizations.

November 13, 2012
EMCBC Director Jack Craig, left to right, EM Executive Assistant Jillian Carter, who is EM's Feds Feed Families representative, and Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga pause for a photo Nov. 8. Craig holds the "Teamwork Award" he and his staff received.
EM Rockets Past Target for Donations to Stock Food Banks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM donated close to 50,000 pounds of non-perishable items to the Fourth Annual Feds Feed Families Campaign, easily surpassing its target of 19,120 pounds. All donations were delivered directly to food banks to provide goods to the needy.

November 8, 2012
Workers demolish the Test Area North Hot Shop Complex, shown here.
Idaho Site Closes Out Decontamination and Decommissioning Project about $440 Million under Cost

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) successfully closed out a $796 million nuclear facility decontamination and decommissioning project. The work was completed about $440 million under cost.

November 1, 2012
“As a veteran and a former member of the U.S. Navy, I understand the nation’s need for — and the important support provided by — the Guard and Reserve,” -- CBFO Manager Joe Franco
When Good Ideas Take Flight: Carlsbad Field Office Shows Support for National Guard and Reserve

CARLSBAD, N.M. – DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Joe Franco, right, took to the skies in a New Mexico National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter flight in southeast New Mexico recently.

October 22, 2012
Moab Federal Project Director Donald Metzler presents at the Uranium Mining Remediation Exchange Group meeting in Germany in September 2011.
Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Cleanup Project Steps into Spotlight at International Meeting in Vienna

VIENNA – The Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project has kept the United States at the forefront of characterization, remediation, and end-state reuse of uranium millsites around the world.

October 4, 2012
EM employees were part of the Uranium-233 (U-233) Disposition Alternatives Analysis team. Members of the team are pictured here with Secretary Chu, second from right, after receiving an Achievement Award Thursday.
DOE Bestows 5 Honors on EM in Esteemed Awards Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DOE honored EM with five awards for excellence and achievement Thursday as part of the Secretary’s Honor Awards Ceremony, an event that also marked the 35th anniversary of the creation of the Department.

October 3, 2012
Pictured here is the Moab uranium mill tailings pile. Tailings excavation and conditioning activities are seen in the foreground. The water spray is used to eliminate extracted contaminated groundwater.
Moab Mill Tailings Removal Project Celebrates 5 Years of Success

MOAB, Utah – In the past 5 years, DOE has seen many successes in the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project.

October 1, 2012
Oak Ridge scientists Kelly Roy, left, and Trent Jett collect fish samples in 2011 to support
research on the impacts of the treatment in Tims Branch, a small stream at the Savannah
River Site.
Innovative Mercury Treatment Benefits Stream, Fish

AIKEN, S.C. – A team of scientists is working at the Savannah River Site (SRS) to evaluate the impact of an innovative, inexpensive treatment system that removes mercury from water.