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August 14, 2012
Los Alamos National Laboratory has set another record for shipments of transuranic waste in a single fiscal year. Here, the Lab’s 172nd shipment leaves the Lab on Aug. 2, headed for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
LANL Sets Waste Shipping Record for Fourth Consecutive Year: Lab has sent 172 shipments so far this year; aiming for 200 by September 30

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., August 6, 2012—For the fourth consecutive year, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s TRU Waste Program has shipped a record number of transuranic (TRU) waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M, for permanent disposal.

August 9, 2012
A screenshot shows the EM Flickr Collection, which organizes more than 1,100 photos from around the EM complex.
EM Launches Comprehensive Flickr Collection

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM recently established an EM Flickr Collection, which organizes over 1,100 photos from around the EM complex.

August 2, 2012
EM Boosts Efforts to Help Japan through Commission Work

TOKYO – EM continues to assist Japan as it recovers from a 2011 nuclear accident through a newly formed bilateral commission established to build on the close, collaborative relationship between the U.S. and Japan.

July 18, 2012
Secretary Chu, right, discusses electric vehicles with Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, at an event in 2011.
EM Reports Success in Drive to Meet DOE Fleet Reduction Goals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM is on pace to meet the first of a series of goals to reduce its vehicle fleet and help DOE accomplish a broader initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions and decrease petroleum consumption across the complex.

July 12, 2012
DOE and UCOR employees held an event today celebrating the recent contract reconciliation.
EM, UCOR Quickly Reconcile Oak Ridge Cleanup Contract

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – At a ceremony today, Oak Ridge’s Environmental Management (EM) program and its prime contractor, URS | CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC (UCOR) celebrated the completion of the site’s reconciled cleanup contract.

July 2, 2012
Advisory Board Makes Valuable Contributions to EM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The eight local boards of the EM Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB) provided 56 recommendations collectively in 2011, according to a recent assessment of board input into the EM program.

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.