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July 14, 2016
CRESO Director John Byrd provides direction to students gathering data for their research on the region's box turtle. The organization’s study of turtles is the largest in the world.
Turtle Search Highlights Oak Ridge’s Support to Environmental Education Initiative

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization (CRESO) recently conducted its annual search for Tennessee’s state reptile, the Eastern Box Turtle.

July 14, 2016
SRR Engineers Austin Chandler (left) and Jeff Iaukea (right) use interactive games to make science fun for fourth graders at Hammond Hill Elementary.
Engineers Make Science Fun for Students

AIKEN, S.C. – Two engineers with Savannah River Site’s liquid waste contractor visited a local school to teach Newton’s laws of motion to several fourth-grade classes.

June 30, 2016
EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney delivers the keynote address at this year’s Contract and Project Management Workshop.
Workshop for Sites, Headquarters Focuses on Improvements to Contracts, Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. – About 100 EM employees from across the complex gathered for a meaningful exchange that focused on continuous improvements in planning and executing the cleanup program’s contracts and projects at an annual workshop this month.

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.