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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
Dr. Robert C. Nelson took this photo of Curiosity, left, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., in late November 2011. Shown here is the flight hardware assembled prior to shipment to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for the launch.
Yes, This is Rocket Science: EM Employee Eagerly Examines Curiosity, Continuing Decades-Long Role in Space Missions across Solar System

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An EM senior technical advisor was among the scientists and experts who helped assemble Curiosity, the rover that descended on Mars for a mission to assess environmental conditions for microbial life.

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.

August 23, 2012
An aerial view of the West Valley Demonstration Project.
EM’s Top Official Visits West Valley Site, Seneca Nation of Indians

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga commended employees at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) for safely and successfully managing the decommissioning of the only commercial spent nuclear fuel reprocessing facility that had operated in the United States during his recent visit to the site.

August 20, 2012
Cement trucks transport a specially formulated grout that is pumped into two underground waste tanks at the Savannah River Site as part of work to close the massive structures.
Revitalized Board Lays Out New Path amid EM’s Recent Underground Tank Waste Successes

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – A board charged with advancing the cleanup of underground waste storage tanks met this month to establish new working groups and draw lessons from recent successes at the Savannah River and Idaho sites.

August 15, 2012
Members of the project peer review team for the River Corridor Closure Project at the Hanford site gather for a photo while on a tour of Hanford's B Reactor National Historic Landmark in February.
Two Peer Review Processes Help EM Achieve Cost, Schedule Targets in Environmental Cleanup Mission

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM revamped and expanded peer reviews for its contracts and projects in the past year with a goal of improving performance and delivering results in the world’s largest nuclear cleanup on time and within cost.

August 15, 2012
New Facility Saves $20 Million, Accelerates Waste Processing

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s EM program recently began operations at a newly constructed facility that will accelerate the completion of remote-handled transuranic (TRU) waste processing at the site by two years and save taxpayers more than $20 million.

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.