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August 7, 2013
Members of the Hanford site team observe Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project workers at the Idaho site putting on protective equipment. The Level B protective suit is custom-designed to provide maximum flexibility and protection against potential workplace hazards. The containment suit, coupled with the breathing equipment shown in the photo below, enables work to be conducted safely in high-hazard atmospheres.
EM Sites Come Together to Share Lessons Learned on Safety

RICHLAND, Wash. – A team from Hanford visited a waste processing facility at the Idaho site to observe equipment that may assist them in entering highly contaminated areas of the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP), a complex nuclear decommissioning project.

July 31, 2013
Members of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board helped create the book, The Story of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Megawatts to Megatons to Megawatts. They believe the stories of plant workers are important to preserve for future generations.
Paducah Community Chronicles Site History in New Book

PADUCAH, Ky. – Members of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) spearheaded the publication of a new book that captures the history of EM’s Paducah site.

July 24, 2013
The ORNL researchers conducted a test in which they sprayed the scintillating phosphor on simulated debris material marked with technetium-99.
New EM Technology: Spray Lights up Contamination Hot Spots

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers have developed a new technology to determine the extent of contamination in Cold War facilities that could replace costly and time-consuming traditional survey methods used by EM.

July 22, 2013
In the two years prior to the operation of the permeable treatment wall, pictured here, WVDP conducted extensive engineering and planning to ensure it would effectively remove strontium-90.
Unconventional Groundwater System Proves Effective in Reducing Contamination at West Valley Demonstration Project

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – A unique groundwater treatment system has significantly reduced the presence of a contaminant at EM's West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP), according to a report issued this month.

July 11, 2013
The Applied Research Center at Florida International University covers four major environmental cleanup areas: radioactive waste processing, facility deactivation and decommissioning, soil and groundwater remediation and information technology development for environmental management.
University Launches Website for FIU Research Sponsored by EM

MIAMI – A new website features research performed under a cooperative agreement between EM and Florida International University (FIU).

July 3, 2013
Screenshot of Asset Revitalization Initiative (ARI) website.
U.S. Department of Energy Launches New Website for Asset Revitalization Initiative (ARI)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S.Department of Energy (DOE) launched a website for the Asset Revitalization Initiative (ARI), a DOE-wide effort to advance the beneficial reuse of its unique and diverse mix of assets, including land, facilities, infrastructure, equipment, technologies, natural resources and a highly skilled workforce.

July 1, 2013
Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan, left, and RSI Vice President Rick Ferguson pose for photos at a May 2012 ceremony for an RSI solar farm at DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park.
Small Business Administration Honors Oak Ridge Subcontractor

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently honored an environmental cleanup company that supports Oak Ridge’s EM program as its Subcontractor of the Year in an eight-state region.

June 21, 2013
Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Williams, left, and EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga, center, talk with Environmental Management Advisory Board Vice-Chair Dennis Ferrigno at the recent board meeting.
EM Reviews Budget, Technology Challenges with Advisory Board

EM leadership met with the Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB) recently to discuss a range of topics, from EM’s fiscal year 2014 budget request to its technology challenges.

June 20, 2013
At Tuesday's Grand County Council meeting in Utah, Moab Federal Project Director Donald Metzler, center, moves a piece from a plaque representing Moab’s uranium mill tailings pile to a plaque representing the disposal cell in recognition of the site achieving a milestone by shipping 6 million tons of the tailings. Grand County Council Chair Gene Ciarus is on the left and Grand County Council Vice Chair Lynn Jackson is on the right.
Moab Marks 6-Million-Ton Cleanup Milestone

MOAB, Utah – 6,000,000 is a big number, and it marks a significant cleanup milestone in the Beehive State.

June 19, 2013
A Hanford site volunteer helps a Boy Scout practice the Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep, or PASS, fire extinguishing technique at the Volpentest HAMMER Training & Education Center in Richland.
Local Scouts Train with Hanford Safety Experts - 52 Boy Scouts Earn Merit Badges at the HAMMER Training Facility

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford site services contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA) hosted a unique opportunity for 52 local Boy Scouts at the Volpentest HAMMER Training & Education Center during two consecutive weekends recently.