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November 30, 2016
Early career professionals from the Hanford, Savannah River Waste Isolation Pilot Plant sites pose for a photo during a recent visit to the Waste Treatment Plant construction site.
EM Contractors Gain Experience at Early Career Professional Exchange

RICHLAND, Wash. – Early career professionals from EM sites gathered this fall at the Hanford Site for a technical information exchange where they shared lessons learned from throughout the DOE complex.

November 30, 2016
Workers Install Final Major Piece for Hanford Waste Facility

RICHLAND, Wash. – The caustic scrubber for the EM Office of River Protection’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant’s (WTP) Low-Activity Waste (LAW) facility has been installed, paving the way for completion of the facility’s construction in 2018.

November 30, 2016
Shown here are the remains of Hanford High School, built in 1916 in the town of Hanford. It is one of many attractions at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
DOE, National Park Service Mark Manhattan Project Park’s First Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DOE and the National Park Service (NPS) have made considerable progress in their inaugural year managing the national park commemorating the Manhattan Project.

November 16, 2016
Workers from CH2M subcontractor Stillwater drill a groundwater well in the Hanford Site’s 100-N Area.
EM’s Prime Contractors Surpass Goals to Support Small Businesses

Several prime contractors performing cleanup work across the EM complex exceeded their goals of subcontracting with small businesses in fiscal 2016, which spans Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016.

November 16, 2016
High-reach shears begin removing the top floor of the Plutonium Reclamation Facility.
Demolition of Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant Begins

RICHLAND, Wash. – After nearly 20 years of preparation, demolition is underway at the Hanford Site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP).

November 16, 2016
Workers inspect waste at the Transuranic Waste Processing Center
Transuranic Waste Processing Center Exceeds Contract Year Goals

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM’s Transuranic Waste Processing Center recorded an outstanding year by exceeding all of its goals as workers continued to process and prepare Oak Ridge’s inventory of transuranic waste for offsite disposal.

November 16, 2016
Workers add the geosynthetic layer to the protective mound capping the dirt and coal ash landfill.
SRS Reaches Milestone by Finishing Ash Basin Cleanup’s First Phase

AIKEN, S.C. – EM and contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) are making progress cleaning up coal ash generated over decades at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

November 16, 2016
Left to right, Douglas Brown, chair of the ASME Standards Committee on Nuclear Quality Assurance; Gustave (Bud) Danielson, senior-level engineer with EM’s Office of the Chief of Nuclear Safety who received the ASME NQA Outstanding Service Medal; Clayton Smith, vice chair of the ASME Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards; and Ralph Hill, chair of the ASME Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards.
EM Employee is Inaugural Recipient of Engineers’ Society Medal

LAS VEGAS – EM’s Gustave “Bud” Danielson is the first recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA) Committee Outstanding Service Medal.

November 16, 2016
The IWTU auger-grinder before its redesign.
Redesigned Integrated Waste Treatment Unit Equipment Nears Testing Phase

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Crucial equipment within EM’s Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) at the Idaho Site is being redesigned and is scheduled for testing this month.

November 16, 2016
WESF represents the largest risk in the DOE complex for a beyond design-basis accident, such as a beyond-expected magnitude earthquake.
Hanford Contractor Selects Company for Capsule Storage System Design

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M) recently awarded a subcontract to design and fabricate a cask storage system for more than 1,900 highly radioactive cesium and strontium capsules.