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October 17, 2016
Equipment used in soil vapor extraction was used to reduce the level of carbon tetrachloride on the Hanford Site.
Hanford Site Technology Completes Cleanup to Protect Groundwater

RICHLAND, Wash. – Regulators have approved the completion of a cleanup project on the Hanford Site that began nearly 25 years ago that successfully removed nearly 90 tons of deep-soil contamination and reduced groundwater risk using a remediation technology known as soil vapor extraction.

October 17, 2016
Workers place a vertical storage cask liner on a construction pad.
Progress Moves West Valley Closer to Finishing Canister Relocation Project

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) is about 70 percent complete toward relocating all high-level waste canisters from a building to be demolished.

October 17, 2016
CH2M President and Chief Executive Officer John Ciucci welcomed transitioning employees at an orientation session.
Hanford Site Completes Successful River Corridor Closure Contract Transition

RICHLAND, Wash. – Approximately 320 Hanford Site workers arrived at work in late August as new employees of CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M), which assumed the River Corridor Closure Contract scope when Washington Closure Hanford's (WCH) contract ended Sept. 30.

October 17, 2016
MSA and Benton Public Utilities District linemen set up the cables to be pulled into the vaults.
EM Contractor Instrumental in Providing Observatory’s Continuous Power Wave

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM Richland Operations Office (RL) contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA) recently completed work to ensure continuous electrical power at a unique Hanford Site facility that detects gravitational waves predicted by Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

September 30, 2016
EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto focused on EM's priorities during her address at the National Cleanup Workshop.
'Focus on the Field' is Key to Continued Cleanup Progress, EM Leaders Say

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Top EM officials highlighted a variety of accomplishments across the DOE cleanup program at the recent National Cleanup Workshop, and outlined efforts underway to support EM’s field sites in continued progress.

September 30, 2016
EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Stacy Charboneau, far left, addresses attendees at the National Cleanup Workshop. West Valley Demonstration Project Director Bryan Bower and CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley President and General Manager Jeff Bradford are at right.
EM Builds on Recent Success With Vision for Future Work

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A central theme of the “Path to EM Success in 2016 and Beyond” session at the recent National Cleanup Workshop was how EM, its site workers, regulatory agencies, states and communities will build on successful cleanup to achieve goals at Oak Ridge in Tennessee, Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina and the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) in New York.

September 30, 2016
EM Acquisition and Project Management Deputy Assistant Secretary Ralph Holland provides EM's acquisition outlook during the National Cleanup Workshop.
EM Works to Involve Local Communities More in Acquisition Processes

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – EM is looking to enhance how local communities near cleanup sites can be involved in the procurement process to further develop a “field-centric approach” to acquisition and project management, EM Acquisition and Project Management Deputy Assistant Secretary Ralph Holland said at the recently National Cleanup Workshop.

September 30, 2016
EM Office of Technology Development Director Rod Rimando discussed how advanced robotics and remote systems can benefit EM's workforce and cleanup operations.
EM Partnerships Put Science of Safety to Work

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Officials from EM headquarters and the Savannah River National Laboratory discussed progress being made to develop new technology to enhance worker safety, improve performance and reduce cost during a panel at the recent National Cleanup Workshop.

September 30, 2016
DOE Environment, Health, Safety and Security Associate Under Secretary Matthew Moury speaks about EM's safety culture. EM Safety, Security and Quality Assurance Deputy Assistant Secretary Jim Hutton is at right.
DOE and Contractor Officials Discuss Safety Culture at National Cleanup Workshop

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – DOE officials and contractor executives agreed during a panel at the recent National Cleanup Workshop that a 2011 Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) recommendation galvanized the DOE complex into further strengthening its safety culture.

September 30, 2016
Dyan Foss, global managing director of CH2M’s nuclear sector, speaks during the panel on building the next-generation EM workforce. David Foster, DOE senior adviser on industrial and economic policy, is at left, and Fred Hughes, president and project manager of Fluor Idaho, is at right.
Building EM’s Workforce of Tomorrow

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – How can EM build a workforce from the millennial generation or from “Generation Swipe,” young people who are growing up with new levels of comfort with technology?