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November 26, 2014
Jeff Boulton of LATA Kentucky works with middle school students to demonstrate and test the acidity and basicity levels of groundwater.
Environmental Contractor Mentors Young Students

PADUCAH, Ky. – More than 300 area sixth graders have a much better understanding of groundwater cleanup at the Paducah site thanks to mentoring from EM’s environmental contractor, LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky.

November 26, 2014
 EM Office of River Protection (ORP) Manager Kevin Smith, right, discusses the Low-Activity Waste Facility design and construction with Waste Treatment and Immobilization Project Assistant Manager Bill Hamel, left; EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, second from left; and EM Waste Treatment Plant/Tank Farms Program Director Todd Shrader during a tour of the facility. Whitney visited the Hanford site earlier this fall.
Head of EM Program Tours Hanford Site Facilities

Head of EM Program Tours Hanford Site Facilities

November 26, 2014
More than 100 Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant neighbors, community leaders, and workers attended the public meeting this month at a high school near the plant. Many of the attendees voiced their opinions on the preferred alternatives during the public comment part of the meeting. Portsmouth D&D stakeholders have until Jan. 10, 2015 to submit comments on the proposed plans associated with facilities D&D and waste disposition at the site.
Public Can Comment on Proposed D&D and Waste Disposition Plans for EM's Portsmouth Site Through January 10

WAVERLY, Ohio – Approximately 150 neighbors, community leaders, workers, and other interested people participated in a public meeting Nov. 17 near the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site to hear from EM and its decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) contractor, Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC, about options for future cleanup of the site.

November 26, 2014
From left, NWP President and Project Manager Bob McQuinn, CBFO Manager Joe Franco, and CBFO organizers Margaret Gee, Martin Navarrete, and Dennis Miehls, hold up some of the donated coats that will be provided to Carlsbad area schools. CBFO organizers not pictured are Andrea Cooper, Kristi Squires, and Russ Patterson. NWP organizers not pictured are Bertha Cassingham, Dana Dorr, Yolanda Salmon, and Yolanda Navarrete.
CBFO and WIPP Volunteerism Makes a Big Difference This Winter for Little Ones

CARLSBAD, N.M. – November’s winter chill started early in New Mexico. However, children in the Carlsbad, New Mexico area should be able to keep warm while outdoors thanks in part to the actions of the EM Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) team of employees.

November 26, 2014
Workers reached a record-breaking depth of 1,100 feet with a sonic drill rig.
Los Alamos Drills to Record-breaking Depths

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – The EM-supported Environmental Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory is pushing the limits of drilling technology with the use of a sonic drill rig to drill coreholes more than 1,100 feet deep in support of a chromium remediation project.

November 26, 2014
Debris from the former mill buildings at the Moab site is excavated from the mill tailings pile.
Moab Project Exceeds 5 Years of Operations Without Lost-Time Injury, Illness

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – It has been more than five years since workers on the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project in Utah had a lost-time injury or illness. This represents roughly 2.2 million hours of safe work.

November 26, 2014
Jim Floerke, left to right, Bonnie Anderson, Brig. Gen. Gary L. Sayler, Tony Orlando, Tom Dieter, Duke Moscon, and George Hames.
Defense Secretary Awards EM Idaho Contractor Freedom Award at Pentagon

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – CH2M-WG Idaho (CWI), the main cleanup contractor for the EM program at the Idaho Operations Office, received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award at the Pentagon for its support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

November 26, 2014
NNSA Office of Nuclear Safeguards and Security Director Kevin Veal, left, greets IAEA officials at the agency’s Safeguards Symposium. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano is right of Veal.
EM’s Exhibit Attracts International Attention

VIENNA – EM recently showcased its work in safeguards for nuclear and radioactive material transportation for the world to see in a joint effort with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

October 30, 2014
EM Prepares Report for Convention on Safety of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM supported DOE in its role as the lead technical agency to produce a report recently for the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

October 30, 2014
Workers with Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company load a piece of glovebox into a large standard waste box for transportation and disposal. The glovebox was removed from Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant, a former plutonium processing plant workers are preparing for demolition.
Online Tool Helps Save More Than $1 Billion

RICHLAND, Wash. – In 2011, EM’s Richland Operations Office faced issues common throughout the federal government: a future of fiscal restraint and the desire to complete more work with fewer dollars.