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November 30, 2016
EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto
EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto Discusses Year Ahead

EM Update recently spoke to Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto about EM’s priorities and goals for fiscal year 2017.

November 30, 2016
A researcher and intern create a filler for contaminant shielding at the Savannah River National Laboratory.
New Management Approach Seeks to Position SRNL as Complex-Wide Asset

AIKEN, S.C. – DOE’s new approach to managing Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) seeks a deeper collaboration among the lab, EM headquarters program offices and cleanup sites.

November 30, 2016
Savannah River National Laboratory Opens Washington State Office

AIKEN, S.C. – Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) has opened an office in Richland, Wash. to better support EM’s work at the Hanford Site.

November 30, 2016
Building G2 before demolition.
Demolition Alters SPRU Skyline

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – EM’s demolition of above-ground portions of Building G2 at the Separations Process Research Unit was completed on Nov. 18, a milestone in the ongoing cleanup at the former research site.

November 30, 2016
The HLW Relocation and Storage Project crew poses in front of the 56th and final cask containing vitrified high-level waste awaiting transfer to an onsite storage pad.
West Valley Workers Relocate Waste Year Ahead of Schedule

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) is the nation’s first and only commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plant to successfully vitrify high-level waste (HLW) — liquid waste converted into a glass substance.

November 30, 2016
Technicians practice the RNS treatment procedure using a mockup glovebox.
Los Alamos Prepares for Remediated Nitrate Salt Drums Treatment

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM’s Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) is gearing up in fiscal year 2017 to treat remediated nitrate salt (RNS) drums at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to make them suitable for storage and disposal.

November 30, 2016
The Plutonium Reclamation Facility (PRF), shown with a large section of the top floor removed. Demolition is progressing toward lower floors.
Hanford Workers Progress With Plutonium Finishing Plant Demolition

RICHLAND, Wash. – The skyline at the Hanford Site’s 200 West Area looks noticeably different as demolition of the Plutonium Finishing Plant progresses.

November 30, 2016
E-flares, shown in the circle, are used in HB Line areas to help alert personnel of radioactivity levels and personal protective equipment requirements.
SRS Efforts Lead to Millions in Savings, Improvements in Safety and Efficiency

AIKEN, S.C. – EM and the management and operations contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) have achieved millions of dollars in savings through two major cost-cutting efforts.

November 30, 2016
Building 324 crews recently finished replacing components of a ventilation fan, which helps keep the 50-year-old building safe and compliant while crews prepare to remove highly radioactive soil beneath the building.
Hanford Crews Maintain Building to Support Hazardous Cleanup

RICHLAND, Wash. – Just north of the city limits here and within sight of the Columbia River remains one of the last buildings to be demolished in the Hanford Site’s 300 Area.

November 30, 2016
Mike Wiemers, an IWTU technical expert with contractor Fluor Idaho, center, shows the redesigned auger-grinder to EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Frank Marcinowski, left, and EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto.
EM, IWTU Project Team Discuss Path to Startup

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto met with Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) project engineers this month at the Idaho Site to discuss progress on the facility and review plans for the next work phase.