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August 28, 2014
The former administration building known as building 270-Z is one of eight support buildings of the Plutonium Finishing Plant recently removed or demolished.
Workers Create Demolition Zone at Hanford Site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – In recent weeks, the look of Hanford site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant has changed as crews removed or demolished eight buildings surrounding it.

August 28, 2014
From left, Dr. Terry Michalske, director of EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory and executive vice president of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Savannah River Waste Disposition Operations Director Phillip Giles, and Savannah River Operations Office Manager David Moody are pictured walking at H Tank Farm.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Talks with SRS Workforce, Meets with Stakeholders

AIKEN, S.C. – Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently visited the Savannah River Site (SRS), where he toured facilities, spoke with the site’s workforce, and met with stakeholders from surrounding communities in South Carolina and Georgia.

August 28, 2014
The underground demolition occurred at the final reactor cleanup site in Hanford’s 300 Area, a former industrial complex along the west bank of the Columbia River.
EM Takes Safe, Unique Approach to Underground Demolition at Hanford Site, Saves Money

RICHLAND, Wash. – Some people in the community heard an explosion the morning of Aug. 16 that heralded another significant step in environmental cleanup at EM’s Hanford site.

August 28, 2014
A process vessel ventilation system is being installed in a facility that houses two tanks that will process decontaminated salt solution at the Saltstone Production Facility.
Ventilation System to Improve Savannah River Site's Liquid Waste Operations

AIKEN, S.C. – The EM program and its liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site are improving salt waste disposition work and preparing for eventual operations of the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) currently being constructed.

August 28, 2014
Employees from CBFO, associated DOE contractors and laboratories, elected officials, WIPP stakeholders, and leaders from New Mexico communities attended a meeting at WIPP where the Secretary (at podium) addressed the group and answered questions. Seated from left: DOE Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance David Klaus; Franco; U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich (N.M.); U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.); and Bob McQuinn, president and project manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), the WIPP management and operating contractor.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Visits WIPP

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz accepts special recognition on behalf of DOE for support of the expansion and upgrade to Carlsbad’s Double Eagle Water System from Mayor Dale Janway (right) at a town hall-style meeting this month.

August 28, 2014
CBFO Manager Joe Franco (sixth from left) with the WIPP Red Team and competition officials at the 2014 National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Competition.
WIPP Team Chosen as Overall Champion at National Mine Rescue Competition

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Mine Rescue Red Team was selected as overall champion from among 41 teams that participated in the National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Competition in Lexington, Ky. this month.

August 28, 2014
From left, Colmon Elrige, executive assistant to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear; Jennie Freels, quality assurance support and programs manager; and Michelle Dudley, quality assurance manager. Freels and Dudley are with LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky.
Cleanup Contractor at Paducah Site Receives Performance Excellence Award

PADUCAH, Ky. – The environmental cleanup contractor at EM’s Paducah site has been honored for demonstrating serious commitment to performance improvement principles.

August 28, 2014
Workers remove an old door during H Canyon facility modifications.
Savannah River Site’s H Canyon Work Ensures Future Missions for Facility

EM and its primary contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) safely completed 16 facility modifications three months ahead of schedule in support of the continued operation and sustainability of the H Canyon facility.

August 28, 2014
LATA Kentucky groundwater cleanup site superintendent Donnie Bell, far right, describes the project to (from left) Steve Christmas of LATA Kentucky and interns Weston Loyd, Matthew Jehnke, and Wesley Morgan.
Paducah Site Interns Learn About EM Opportunities

PADUCAH, Ky. – Thirteen college students took a break from the books to participate in a summer internship program hosted by LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky, the cleanup contractor at EM’s Paducah site.

August 28, 2014
An aerial photo of Hanford’s 100-D Area along the Columbia River, which is served by one of five pump-and-treat systems along the Columbia River that are helping shrink areas of contaminated groundwater.
Hanford Exceeds Annual Goal for Cleaning up Groundwater near Columbia River

RICHLAND, Wash. – At the Hanford site in southeast Washington state, EM and its contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) are achieving groundwater cleanup goals ahead of schedule.