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September 30, 2014
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, center, recently honored EM employee Robert (Dennis) Yates from the Savannah River Operations Office, right, as DOE’s Facility Representative of the Year for 2013. Also pictured is Yates’ wife, Deanna, who works in the Office of Human Capital Management at the Savannah River Operations Office.
Energy Secretary Honors EM Employee for Outstanding Safety Oversight

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, center, recently honored EM employee Robert (Dennis) Yates from the Savannah River Operations Office, right, as DOE’s Facility Representative of the Year for 2013.

September 30, 2014
Bryan Harting, nuclear chemical operator for CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, was part of the crew that made the first entry to begin final cleanup of the McCluskey Room at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant this month.
Crews Make First Entry into McCluskey Room for Final Cleanup at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers are cleaning up one of the most hazardous rooms at the Hanford site: the “McCluskey Room,” named after a worker who was injured there in a Cold War accident.

September 30, 2014
Employees of CH2M HILL Babcock & Wilcox and its subcontractors are shown during West Valley Demonstration Project’s Safety Week celebration.
Workers at EM’s West Valley Site Surpass 1 Million Hours without Lost-Time Accident

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM’s cleanup contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently marked 1 million work hours without a lost-time accident or illness.

September 30, 2014
The 242-A Evaporator facility.
Hanford Begins New Campaign to Remove Excess Water from Double-Shell Tanks

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection has begun operating its evaporator facility to remove about 800,000 gallons of excess water from Hanford’s double-shell tanks of high-level radioactive and chemical waste.

September 30, 2014
Field technicians survey a shaker used in past cleanup operations.
EM Tackles Cleanup at Tonopah Test Range

NEVADA – Environmental cleanup experts spent the last weeks of summer on the Tonopah Test Range addressing contaminated equipment and debris at two historical nuclear testing locations.

September 30, 2014
From left to right, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fuel Cycle Technologies John Herczeg, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto, and UK National Nuclear Laboratory Managing Director Paul Howarth sign a Statement of Intent amendment at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.
UK Nuclear Cleanup and Research Experts Visit DOE to Expand Collaboration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Kingdom’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) met with senior members of EM and DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) recently to amend a landmark Statement of Intent to include the NNL in collaborations on radioactive waste and nuclear materials cleanup and management.

August 28, 2014
The former administration building known as building 270-Z is one of eight support buildings of the Plutonium Finishing Plant recently removed or demolished.
Workers Create Demolition Zone at Hanford Site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – In recent weeks, the look of Hanford site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant has changed as crews removed or demolished eight buildings surrounding it.

August 28, 2014
From left, Dr. Terry Michalske, director of EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory and executive vice president of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Savannah River Waste Disposition Operations Director Phillip Giles, and Savannah River Operations Office Manager David Moody are pictured walking at H Tank Farm.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Talks with SRS Workforce, Meets with Stakeholders

AIKEN, S.C. – Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently visited the Savannah River Site (SRS), where he toured facilities, spoke with the site’s workforce, and met with stakeholders from surrounding communities in South Carolina and Georgia.

August 28, 2014
The underground demolition occurred at the final reactor cleanup site in Hanford’s 300 Area, a former industrial complex along the west bank of the Columbia River.
EM Takes Safe, Unique Approach to Underground Demolition at Hanford Site, Saves Money

RICHLAND, Wash. – Some people in the community heard an explosion the morning of Aug. 16 that heralded another significant step in environmental cleanup at EM’s Hanford site.

August 28, 2014
A process vessel ventilation system is being installed in a facility that houses two tanks that will process decontaminated salt solution at the Saltstone Production Facility.
Ventilation System to Improve Savannah River Site's Liquid Waste Operations

AIKEN, S.C. – The EM program and its liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site are improving salt waste disposition work and preparing for eventual operations of the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) currently being constructed.