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February 26, 2014
This photo shows the annual Central Savannah River Area College Night event, which was attended by more than 7,000 area high school students. The event is managed by SRNS employees.
Savannah River Site Contractor's Education Outreach to Schools Flourishes

AIKEN, S.C. – Employees with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) have conducted education outreach for tens of thousands of students each year since acquiring the management and operations contract for the EM program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in 2008.

February 26, 2014
Construction of Saltstone Disposal Unit 6 is under way with the pouring of the initial mud mat. The mud mat provides a solid surface to place the concrete tank.
EM Completes Salt Waste Disposal Units $8 Million under Budget at Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – The EM program at Savannah River Site (SRS) has built two more low-level salt waste disposal units ahead of schedule and under budget. This work is essential to the mission of cleaning and closing the site's underground waste tanks.

February 26, 2014
EM employees Tim Emmons and Bill Lutz secure a compressor with tie downs to the truck bed in preparation for the first shipment of the components to a disposal facility.
First Shipment of Compressors Leaves Portsmouth

PIKETON, Ohio – EM and its deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) contractor, Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, recently achieved a significant milestone in cleanup operations at the former uranium enrichment plant in Piketon.

February 26, 2014
EM’s Richland Operations Office and its contractors found solar power alternatives to building 1.5 kilometers of power lines and 15 to 20 power poles to bring electricity to Hanford’s 618-11 Burial Ground project.
Hanford Solar Power: Cost Effective and Mobile

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) has tasked contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA) with improving sustainable energy usage on the Hanford site.

February 26, 2014
Moab Project Receives Award for Purchasing Environmentally Friendly Products

MOAB, Utah – EM’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project in Utah was one of three GreenBuy Award recipients for fiscal year 2013. DOE’s Office of Sustainability Support awarded the Moab Project the highest level — the Gold Award — for achieving nine goals in five categories.

January 29, 2014
EM’s Laboratory Supports Testing Wireless Technology in Secure Environment

AIKEN, S.C. – Wireless networks have become commonplace in homes, restaurants and retail environments. But up to now, they have not been suitable for secure environments.

January 29, 2014
SRR President and Project Manager Ken Rueter (left), SRR Director of Environmental, Safety, Health and Quality and Contractor Assurance Patricia Allen and SRR VPP Chair Donletta Watts (right) accept DOE’s VPP Star of Excellence award.
Star of Excellence for Safety Performance

AIKEN, S.C. – EM liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation (SRR) recently received the DOE Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star of Excellence award for its commitment to ensure the safety of employees.

January 29, 2014
Discussions during the Underground Research Facility Forum meeting were conducted at the Vienna International Centre (VIC). The United Nations Offices in Vienna and the IAEA are located in the VIC (Photo courtesy of United Nations Information Service Vienna).
WIPP Attracts International Interest

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) was in the spotlight with two international organizations at meetings held in Europe late last year.

January 29, 2014
Nevada National Security Site Groundwater Program Prepares for Peer Review

LAS VEGAS – The historic underground test area known as Yucca Flat is the focus of an upcoming independent peer review. In preparation, groundwater specialists working for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) groundwater program have scheduled a week-long dry run in February.

January 29, 2014
Former Assistant Secretary Shares Experiences Leading EM: ‘Highlight of My Profession’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an occasional EM Update series, we feature interviews with former EM Assistant Secretaries to reflect on their achievements and challenges in the world’s largest nuclear cleanup and to discuss endeavors in life after EM.