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December 5, 2012
West Valley Demonstration Project has a reputation for strong community involvement. Pictured here are the volunteers who distributed food to seven food banks.
EM Employees at West Valley Help Beat Goal for Food Banks

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM employees and their contractor counterparts at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) have supported their local food banks for several years, and this year was no exception.

December 3, 2012
EM’s Paducah site launched a new geographic mapping tool that provides environmental sampling data for use by the public on the Internet.
EM's Paducah Site Brings Environmental Data to Public on Web

PADUCAH, Ky. – Environmental sampling data at EM’s Paducah site is now accessible to the public through an enhanced geographic mapping tool on the Internet.

November 29, 2012
Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga, center, speaks with Pilar Thomas, deputy director of the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, left, and John Moon, acting principal deputy director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, at DOE's event this week recognizing contributions of Native Americans.
EM's Top Official Underscores Commitment to Meet with Tribes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November is Native American Heritage Month, but every day is an opportunity to learn more about the ethnic and cultural groups with roots that date back thousands of years here in this land that became the United States.

November 29, 2012
Data collection takes place during a field demonstration at the Hanford site as a case study of the analysis approach.
EM's $500,000 Investment in Contaminant Remediation Leads to Hanford Site Strategy Providing $6.35 Million in Cost Savings

Through a collaborative approach between the EM Headquarters’ Office of Groundwater and Soil Remediation, the Richland Operations Office and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), investments are being leveraged and integrated in applied research and site operations to provide scientifically defensible end states for environmental remediation of volatile organic contaminants in the vadose zone.

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.