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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.

September 18, 2012
U.S. and Russia Sign Statement of Intent

Secretary Chu and Sergei Kiriyenko, Director General of Russia’s State Corporation for Atomic Energy (Rosatom), signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) concerning collaboration in innovative technologies for environmental restoration and radioactive waste management.

September 13, 2012
Pictured here is the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit's off-gas filter following the June incident.
Idaho Site Launches Corrective Actions Before Restarting Waste Treatment Facility

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Idaho site and its cleanup contractor have launched a series of corrective actions they will complete before safely resuming startup operations at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) following an incident in June that caused the new waste treatment facility to shut down.

September 11, 2012
Wastren-EnergX Mission Support (WEMS) Senior Safety Engineer Marsha Bevins, left, stands with DOE Director of Worker Safety and Health Brad Davy while holding her Voluntary Protection Program Contractor Champion of the Year award and the 2012 Star of Excellence award WEMS received.
DOE Honors Safety Star: Department’s Program Honors Portsmouth Site Contractor Employee for Promoting Safety Excellence

PIKETON, Ohio – A DOE program that promotes safety and health excellence at the Department’s contactor sites has honored a senior safety engineer at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant with its annual safety champion award.

August 29, 2012
EM Hosts Second Contract Performance and Management Workshop in 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM hosted its second Environmental Management Contract Performance and Management Workshop at DOE headquarters today.