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July 30, 2013
The highly-efficient, biomass-fired cogeneration facility at the Savannah River Site replaced a 1950s-era coal-fired plant and will result in significantly reduced pollutant emissions, including a reduction of 100,000 metric tons per year of carbon dioxide emissions.
EM Plays Integral Role in Department's Sustainability Scorecard Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM’s clean energy contributions helped DOE achieve a number of successes in the latest Sustainability and Energy Scorecards for federal agencies released by the Office of Management and Budget.

July 30, 2013
From left: Assistant Adjutant General for Air and Commander of the New Mexico Air National Guard Colonel Steven J. VerHelst; Franco; New Mexico Army National Guard Chief of Staff Colonel Timothy Paul; and Eddy County, N.M., ESGR Chairman Tony Renteria. The National ESGR seeks to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees.
EM Field Office Manager Receives Military Honor

EM Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Joe Franco receives the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Seven Seals Award in June at a ESGR recognition event in Carlsbad, N.M.

July 30, 2013
WIPP’s mine rescue team members, back row from left, are NWP President and Project Manager Farok Sharif; Heath Fowler; Manny Marquez; Mat Ridgway; Gary Kessler; Curtis Sanders, III; Jim Pierce; Tony Mihelic; Joe Baca; Justin Bailey; Ty Zimmerly; Fabian Carrasco; Chauncey Ortega; Nico Dominguez; and CBFO Manager Joe Franco. In front are Richard West, team trainer; and Ann Strait, of NWP emergency management. Not pictured is Doug Pitzer, a Red Team member.
WIPP’s Mine Rescue Teams Lead Competition

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s (WIPP) two mine rescue teams recently led the field of 13 groups competing in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Contest.

July 30, 2013
Matt McCormick, manager of the Richland Operations Office, commends a large group of Hanford workers for the 15-million-ton milestone at a public event at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility.
Disposal Facility Reaches 15-Million-Ton Milestone

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) — a massive landfill for low-level radioactive and hazardous waste at the Hanford site — has achieved a major cleanup milestone.

July 30, 2013
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz tours the 200 West Pump and Treat System, which treats chemical and radionuclide contamination in Hanford’s groundwater. Pictured, left to right, are Special Assistant to the Secretary Mark Appleton, Bob Popielarczyk of CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, Special Assistant to the Secretary T.J. Augustine, Secretary Ernest Moniz, EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga and DOE Richland Operations Office Deputy Manager Doug Shoop.
Secretary Moniz Meets with Employees, Tribal Leaders during Hanford Visit and Site Tour

RICHLAND, Wash. – Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently visited the Hanford site in southeastern Washington State.

June 26, 2013
This 13,000-square-foot building constructed by Babcock Services, Inc. is a sign of continued success for the East Tennessee Technology Park Heritage Center.
Site Attracts Private Sector Investments for Reuse

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – DOE envisions Oak Ridge's East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) Heritage Center — a former uranium enrichment site — as a thriving private industrial park.

June 26, 2013
Only the 620 employees at EM’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project earned the right to this vanity plate after working more than 14 million hours without a lost-time injury and safely and compliantly shipping more than 50,000 cubic meters of transuranic and mixed low-level radioactive waste for disposal.
Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project Achieves Impressive Safety and Production Marks

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – 14M50K is the new, genuinely unique vanity plate that only the 620 employees at EM’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the Idaho site have earned the right to put on their vehicles.

June 26, 2013
Lights, Camera, Action! In May 2013, an INDIGO FILMS production crew prepares for an interview with EM's Carlsbad Field Office Chief Scientist Roger Nelson. INDIGO FILMS is producing a segment on WIPP for a program that highlights interesting, non-public locations that should air on the Travel Channel this fall.
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Attracts World Interest

CARLSBAD, N.M. – If a picture is worth a thousand words, seeing EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M., is invaluable to understanding the service it provides to the nation.

June 26, 2013
In this photo, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) receives an update on activities at C Farm from Office of River Protection (ORP) Manager Kevin Smith, left, and ORP Tank Farms Assistant Manager Tom Fletcher.
Senator Murray Visits Hanford

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) visited the Hanford site in Washington state recently, where she received an update on activities at C Farm, which is one of the groups of underground waste tanks at Hanford.

June 26, 2013
Leo Duffy served as head of DOE's nuclear cleanup program from 1989 to 1993.
Duffy Served as EM's First Assistant Secretary

Editor’s note: In an occasional EM Update series, we feature interviews with former EM Assistant Secretaries to reflect on their achievements and challenges in the world’s largest nuclear cleanup and to discuss endeavors in life after EM.