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June 30, 2016
DOE and Parsons employees gather in front of SWPF after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Savannah River Site Cuts Ribbon for New Salt Waste Processing Facility

AIKEN, S.C. - EM celebrated another milestone in the cleanup of radioactive liquid waste stored at the Savannah River Site (SRS) with a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF).

June 30, 2016
Workers Access Cell in First Human Entry in 20 Years at EM's West Valley Site

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – It has been 20 years since a human has been allowed in the Vitrification Cell at EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP), where past operations involved solidifying liquid high-level radioactive waste.

June 30, 2016
Shirley Perez, a robotic arms operator, center, and EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto, right, listen to a briefing on the new robotic arms to be installed in EM’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project this fall.
Idaho Site Cleanup Employees Look Forward to Handling Robotic Arms

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Shirley Perez may be the most excited person ready to get her hands on new robotic arms when they are installed in the EM Idaho Site’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) boxlines this fall.

June 30, 2016
EM's Final Cleanup Underway at Plutonium Finishing Plant at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – Final decontamination efforts are underway in a former processing canyon that once supported Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant.

June 30, 2016
Samples of IWTU product from the November 2015 (left) and May 2016 (right) simulant runs. The May 2016 sample represents the desired results of the designed process.
Startup of Idaho Waste Treatment Facility Benefits From Experts’ Advice

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Several recommendations from technical experts who attended a Chemistry Summit in January and a Fluidized Bed Workshop in April have been incorporated into EM’s Idaho Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU), and based on a recent simulated waste treatment test, the results look promising.

June 30, 2016
Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth workers seal the HEUFS material into a sealed waste container.
EM's Portsmouth Site Disposes of Decades-Old Waste Stream

PIKETON, Ohio – Disposition of a 40-plus-year-old legacy waste at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site was completed thanks to a cooperative effort among EM, contractors, and private industry.

June 30, 2016
CGTO representatives at the NNSS, left to right, Kenny Anderson, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe; Richard Arnold, Pahrump Paiute Tribe, CGTO spokesperson; Ross Stone, Big Pine Paiute Tribe; Betty Cornelius, Colorado River Indian Tribes; Maurice Frank-Churchill, Duckwater Shoshone Tribe; Danelle Gutierrez, Big Pine Paiute Tribe; and Barbara Durham, Timbisha Shoshone Tribe.
Tribal Connections Continue Collaboration in NNSS Revegetation Efforts

LAS VEGAS – Representatives from the Consolidated Group of Tribes and Organizations (CGTO) met this month to continue developing recommendations on how to revegetate 92 acres of land at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Complex.

June 30, 2016
SRNS engineers Alex Somers (left) and Nhon Do (center) discuss H-Canyon nuclear processes with SRNS Engineering Leadership Development Program Manager Mike Hughes. Somers and Do visited most major facilities at SRS as part of the training and enrichment program for new engineers.
Overcoming Adversity on New Career Paths

AIKEN, S.C. – Alex Somers pursued a military career with a goal of serving on a nuclear submarine until a diabetes diagnosis ended his dream.

June 30, 2016
Washington Closure Hanford workers prepare waste retrieved from the Hanford Site’s 618-10 Burial Ground for shipment to the site’s disposal facility for low-level waste.
EM River Corridor Cleanup Contractor Surpasses 7 Million Safe Hours

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) and its subcontractor employees achieved a significant safety milestone by working 7 million hours without a lost workday injury.

June 30, 2016
Students from Carla Evans’ Advanced Environmental Science class at Ohio’s Waverly High School visit Lake Hope State Park as part of educational activities included within the ASER Summary Project.
Students Enhance Skills While Summarizing Environmental Information

LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM’s Annual Site Environmental Reports (ASER) are complex technical documents comprising several hundred pages of information about the former gaseous diffusion plants near Piketon, Ohio and Paducah, Ky.