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July 29, 2014
Workers “seal out” a pencil tank that had been cut into smaller segments and prepare it for shipment.
Hanford Site Workers Meet Challenging Performance Goal at Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – Safely and methodically, piece by piece, workers at the Hanford site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant are surpassing goals for removing hazardous tanks once used in the plutonium production process.

July 29, 2014
Trainers help a Plutonium Finishing Plant employee dress in the protective suit.
Workers Prepare to Safely Enter One of Hanford Site’s Most Hazardous Rooms

RICHLAND, Wash. – When workers enter the hazardous, historic McCluskey Room at the Hanford site this summer, they will be safer due to their preparation and involvement in planning and training for the job.

July 29, 2014
Dan Melamed is a program analyst for EM.
Professional Association Honors EM Employee with Technical Excellence Award

An association with expertise in project cost and schedule management honored an EM employee with its Technical Excellence Award.

July 29, 2014
EM’s Office of D&D and Facility Engineering is preparing a five-year strategic plan to include key areas such as robotic and remote system development. EM has employed robots such as Tizzy, shown here, which removed high-level solid radioactive material from underground waste tanks. Photographers and other admirers watch as Tizzy readies for a mission of nuclear waste removal at the Savannah River Site.
Five-Year Technology Development Strategic Plan Targets EM’s Decommissioning Challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leaders from EM headquarters and field offices and the UK’s Sellafield nuclear site gathered recently to discuss developing technologies needed to address decommissioning challenges across the Cold War cleanup program.

July 29, 2014
 Crews conducted the geophysics study using a machine called the Super Sting to measure the resistivity of the complex underlying geologic strata.
Removing High Explosives from Groundwater

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – In an initiative supported by EM, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program is addressing high explosive contamination in surface water and groundwater at a location this summer in the forests surrounding the laboratory.

June 30, 2014
WIPP Mine Rescue Red Team members’ actions are evaluated during a simulated mine rescue disaster.
WIPP Takes Second in Mine Rescue Competition

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) mine rescue team placed second in the Southwestern Regional Mine Rescue Competition this past spring in Carlsbad, and it took home more than a trophy.

June 30, 2014
Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Site Lead Joel Bradburne, far left, stands with faculty, staff, and students of Eastern High School during an ASER Summary Project recognition ceremony.
Project Develops Student-Stakeholders

PIKETON, Ohio ̶ High school students are learning valuable skills while helping EM provide important information to the public about the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

June 30, 2014
Washington Closure Hanford, the contractor managing the River Corridor Closure Project for the Richland Operations Office, leveraged subcontractor expertise and equipment to remove a 1,082-ton nuclear test reactor and dispose of it in an approved landfill. The reactor was the largest of Hanford’s experimental reactors used for developing and testing alternative fuels for the commercial nuclear power industry in the 1960s.
Hanford Site Small Businesses Secure $8.9 Billion in Subcontracts

RICHLAND, Wash. – Contractors continue to exceed their small business goals by hiring subcontractors at the Hanford site.

June 30, 2014
Wade Sumner, Dax's last handler at SRS, says goodbye to Dax as the dog rejoins his former handler, federal Special Agent Patrick Price.
Dog Earns Retirement with Former Handler

AIKEN, S.C. – Dax, a male German shepherd in the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) security canine unit, recently earned retirement by joining the family of one of his former trainers.

June 30, 2014
Soil and Groundwater Remediation Project Pipefitter John Reynolds explains some of the modifications he helped make at the 200 West Pump and Treat System that increased its water treatment capability.
Employee-Driven Initiative Increases Treatment Capacity, Reduces Clean Water Demands

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers with CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL), a cleanup contractor supporting EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL), continue to enhance and expand capabilities of a facility that treats legacy contamination at the Hanford site.