You are here

EM News Flashes

January 17, 2013
Dave Huizenga, head of EM, fifth from right, and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, second from right, participate in a tour of Catholic University's Vitreous State Laboratory this week.
Secretary Chu, EM’s Huizenga and Other DOE Officials Visit Catholic University's Laboratory

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dave Huizenga, head of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM), was part of a DOE delegation led by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu that visited Catholic University’s Vitreous State Laboratory (VSL) this week.

January 7, 2013
A screenshot of the newly revamped EM website.
EM Launches Revamped Website: New cutting-edge platform with sleek appearance focuses on ease-of-use

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM entered 2013 with a bold transition to a more user-friendly public website,

December 20, 2012
Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga, left, provides an update on the EM program at the recent Intergovernmental Meeting with the DOE as California Office of the Attorney General Supervising Deputy Attorney General Brian Hembacher listens.
DOE Strengthens Collaboration at Intergovernmental Meeting

NEW ORLEANS – EM and stakeholders met to discuss and collaborate on issues impacting nuclear cleanup across the complex. More than 150 people traveled to New Orleans for the 11th combined Intergovernmental Meeting with the DOE.

December 11, 2012
An elf from DOE's Savannah River Site poses with Santa Claus, who holds a bike, one of the more than 14,200 toys federal employees and contractors donated to the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Program. Mounds of bikes and other donated toys for the program can be seen in the background.
Toy to the World: Savannah River Site Celebrates 21 Years of Bringing Joy to Kids

AIKEN, S.C. – Santa Claus and his elves are getting a lot of help from DOE’s Savannah River Site (SRS) this year. Federal employees and contractors donated more than 14,200 toys to support the U.S. Marine Reserves Toys for Tots campaign.

December 6, 2012
EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tracy Mustin, second from right, speaks with members of the Environmental Management Advisory Board this week as EM Deputy Assistant Secretary, Safety, Security and Quality Programs, Matthew Moury, second from left, listens.
Advisory Board Meets to Discuss EM Cleanup’s Future

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tracy Mustin this week sought guidance from the Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB) on several topics, including optimizing resources for EM’s technology challenges.

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.