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April 4, 2013
Figure 1: Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management Thrust Areas.
EM Leads with Advanced Simulation Capability Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Since 2010, EM’s Office of Soil and Groundwater Remediation has initiated technology development programs such as the Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management (ASCEM) and the Applied Field Research Initiatives to enhance characterization and remediation technologies and create cost savings.

April 4, 2013
Participants in a previous EM Site-Specific Advisory Board meeting.
Advisory Board Public Meeting Set for Webinar

The Department will host its first EM Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB) Chairs meeting via webinar on Thursday, April 25, 2013, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

April 2, 2013
Workers wear air purifying respirators in the Plutonium Finishing Plant.
Workers Deliver Award-Winning Respiratory Safety

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers supporting the Richland Operations Office at the Hanford site found a way to make their everyday work even safer.

April 1, 2013
H-Canyon at Savannah River Site. The building is called a canyon because of its long rectangular shape and two continuous trenches that contains process vessels.
EM Issues Amended Decision to Expand Use of Nuclear Facility

AIKEN, S.C. – EM issued an amended Record of Decision (ROD) to the Savannah River Site (SRS) Spent Nuclear Fuel Environmental Impact Statement to expand the operations of the H-Canyon Facility at SRS to support a major nuclear non-proliferation goal and save taxpayer dollars.

March 28, 2013
A truck carries a waste shipment from Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. EM completed legacy cleanup activities at the site last year.
Ensuring Safe Shipment of Hazardous Materials

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM’s Office of Packaging and Transportation (OPT) recently released its annual report for fiscal year 2012, highlighting more than 13,000 hazardous material shipments across almost 6 million miles. EM made about three-fourths of those shipments.

March 25, 2013
EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga, center, in a photo with National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel, left, and Santa Clara Pueblo Governor Walter Dasheno at the White House 2012 Tribal Nations Conference.
Continuing Progress in Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM is working with other DOE offices to expand contracting opportunities for Tribal Nations across the complex.

March 19, 2013
Front row, left to right: John Mathieson, Head of International Relations, U.K. Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Joe Franco, Manager, Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), and Graham Jonsson, Deputy Head, NDA, Sellafield Site; second row, left to right, Andrew Szilagyi, Director, EM Office of Deactivation & Decommissioning and Facility Engineering, Laurie Judd, Vice President for Government Programs, NuVision Engineering, Nancy Buschman, Engineer, EM Office of Nuclear Material Disposition, John Lawes, Contract Manager, Dounreay, Dr. Abraham Van Luik, Manager, International Programs, CBFO, Rosa Elmetti, Foreign Affairs Specialist, EM International Program, and Steve Schneider, Director, EM Office of Tank Waste Management.
EM Continues Progress in U.S. - U.K. Collaboration

Officials from EM and the U.K. Nuclear Decommissioning Authority recently held the joint 10th Standing Committee Meeting to discuss progress on the Statement of Intent (SOI) for the information exchange concerning radioactive waste management.

March 14, 2013
Moab Site employees
EM Leaders Visit Employees at Moab Site

EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tracy Mustin and EM Consolidated Business Center Director Jack Craig visited the Moab Project sites in Utah on March 12.

March 12, 2013
Workers use this mobile survey vehicle in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act work at the Hanford site to survey remediated areas for radiological contamination.
EM Rolls Ahead of DOE Goals to Trim Vehicle Fleet Inventory

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM exceeded a DOE goal to reduce its vehicle fleet inventory, advancing the Department’s broader initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions and decrease petroleum consumption across the complex.

March 11, 2013
An aerial view of Hanford’s D Area shows the D Reactor (lower left) and DR Reactor. Workers are digging 85 feet to groundwater at two sites there to remove chromium contamination.
Hanford Deep Dig Removes Contaminated Soil

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers at the Hanford site are digging deep into several waste sites near the Columbia River to remove soil contaminated with chromium.