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July 29, 2015
EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney speaks during the K-31 Building demolition celebration.
Oak Ridge Moves Closer to Reaching Vision 2016

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – About 70 employees, community leaders, and local officials recently gathered to witness the completion of K-31 Building’s demolition at Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), marking the removal of the fourth of five gaseous diffusion buildings at the former uranium enrichment site.

July 29, 2015
Workers demolish the CPP 601-602 Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Complex at the Idaho Site.
A Decade of Cleanup Progress at EM’s Idaho Site

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM has made significant progress in cleaning up the Idaho Site in the past decade.

July 29, 2015
Samplers and safety professionals check the status of the soil vapor extraction monitoring wells. Counter clockwise from top left: Will Wise, Juan Aguilar, Doug Rybarski, and Christina Agular.
After More Than 20 Years Operating, Hanford’s Soil Vapor Extraction Project Nears Completion

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford workers are fast approaching the successful completion of a long-term cleanup project.

July 29, 2015
Bart Barnhart, EM's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Planning and Budget
Air Force Veteran Begins New Career at EM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bart Barnhart was recently named EM’s new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Planning and Budget.

July 29, 2015
Once a high school intern who completed work at ORP, Jose Marcial is now pursuing a doctorate in material science and engineering.
Student’s Doctoral Studies Grew from Internship at DOE Laboratory, Office of River Protection

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM consistently attracts new talent through its intern program, reaching into high schools and colleges to identify and recruit the next generation of employees.

July 29, 2015
Savannah River National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Michalski, left, holds his award with EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto at EM headquarters.
SRNL’s Dr. Terry Michalske Named National Lab Director of the Year

AIKEN, S.C. – The Savannah River National Laboratory’s (SRNL) Dr. Terry Michalske has been selected as National Laboratory Director of the Year by DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).

July 29, 2015
Transformers from this former, coal-powered facility at SRS are being recycled through the site’s partnership with SRSCRO.
Excess SRS Assets Boost Area Economies

AIKEN, S.C. – One person’s trash is another’s treasure, but at the Savannah River Site (SRS), unneeded equipment and excess materials benefit the region.

July 29, 2015
SRNS environmental engineers Ron Socha (left) and Frank Sappington inspect earth-moving work within a basin containing coal ash.
Savannah River Site Takes on Another Environmental Cleanup Challenge: Coal-Fired Ash

AIKEN, S.C. – Workers have begun excavating a thick layer of coal ash covering approximately 100 acres of the Savannah River Site (SRS).

July 29, 2015
Employees at Oak Ridge discuss with EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, upper right, the steps involved in processing remote-handled waste and transporting it to UCOR’s storage facilities.
Federal-Contractor Partnership Allows Continued Waste Processing in Oak Ridge

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and two of its contractors — URS I CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC (UCOR) and Wastren Advantage, Inc. (WAI) — have developed a plan that allows the site to continue processing transuranic waste and maintain its cleanup schedule.

June 30, 2015
 A radiation control technician surveys the radiation levels in the basement level of the F Reactor.
Hanford Site Inspections Give Four Cocooned Reactors Clean Bill of Health

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers at the Hanford Site took a step back in time as they removed welds from the doors and entered four of the site’s cocooned reactors for required inspections.