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January 29, 2014
The Paducah plant processed this DUF6 cylinder, its first, in 2011.
DUF6 Project Continues on Success Track

PADUCAH, Ky. – After more than doubling production in fiscal year 2013, the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Project is moving from start-up mode to full production mode.

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
Students participating in the Science Alliance enjoyed hands-on exhibits and discussions with scientists, engineers and specialists in a range of fields.
Portsmouth Educational Outreach Seeks to Transform Lives of Area Students

PIKETON, Ohio – Educational outreach efforts at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in southern Ohio are making a positive and significant impact on youth in the area surrounding the site.

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.

December 24, 2013
EM’s December Newsletter Recaps Cold War Cleanup Accomplishments in 2013

On Dec. 19, EM completed demolition of the 4.8 million-square-foot Building K-25 at Oak Ridge, a milestone that capped a busy and successful 2013 for the Cold War cleanup program.

December 24, 2013
The "MaxCalix" solvent improves the process for removing Cesium-137 from radioactive waste solutions.
EM National Laboratory’s Solvent to Save an Estimated $1.35 Billion

AIKEN, S.C. – For the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), successful deployment is the ultimate validation of science and technology’s value to the EM program.

December 24, 2013
A haul truck carrying a container is loaded with mill tailings at the Moab site. Once loaded and lidded, the container will be placed on a railcar for shipment by train to the Crescent Junction disposal site.
Moab Reaches 40-Percent Mark in Tailings Removal

MOAB, Utah – The Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project had a productive year, despite continued budget constraints and a first-ever, three-month curtailment of shipping operations last winter.

December 24, 2013
The West Valley Demonstration Project’s high-level waste canisters will be relocated to interim onsite storage.
West Valley Demonstration Project Prepares to Relocate High-Level Waste

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – With completion of the recently constructed interim storage pad at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP), EM crews have begun a multi-year effort to relocate high-level waste (HLW) canisters stored inside the Main Plant Process Building to prepare the facility for demolition.

December 24, 2013
A high-reach shear removes debris from the tallest structure of the C-340 complex at Paducah. Watch a video of this work here. The 120-foot-high Metals Plant was the tallest building at the Paducah site and encompassed about 1.5 million cubic feet, the volume of a football field roughly three stories tall. Demolition debris filled 28 rail cars and was shipped offsite for disposal.
Demolition, Groundwater Cleanup Highlight Paducah’s 2013 Accomplishments

PADUCAH, Ky. – Work to remove two aging, inactive structures and clean up a leading source of groundwater contamination marked the top 2013 accomplishments for the EM program at the Paducah site.

December 24, 2013
Since WIPP became operational in March 1999, it has surpassed receiving 11,000 shipments, which traveled over 14 million safe loaded miles over the nation’s highways through WIPP’s transportation program — equal to about 29 trips around the moon. WIPP has permanently disposed of more than 89,000 cubic meters of TRU waste — enough to fill more than 35 Olympic-size swimming pools. In 2013, WIPP is on course in support of the Los Alamos National Laboratory framework agreement with the State of New Mexico for complete removal of the above ground TRU waste stored at Area G by June 30, 2014. WIPP has cleaned 22 sites of legacy TRU waste.
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, National Transuranic Program Have Banner Year in 2013

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), America’s only operating deep geologic repository for the permanent disposal of defense-related transuranic (TRU) waste, and the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) National TRU Program continued to be in the global spotlight with significant accomplishments throughout 2013.