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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.

July 30, 2013
Thomas P. Grumbly considers his role as EM Assistant Secretary the best job he ever had. He served in the position from 1993 to 1996.
Former Assistant Secretary Shares Experiences Leading EM: ‘Best Job I Ever Had’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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.

July 30, 2013
Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter discusses the importance of completing the cleanup mission at the Idaho site.
Idaho Governor Praises DOE, Contractor Effort for Resuming Critical Cleanup Project

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Sometimes it takes creative solutions to solve financial challenges.

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.

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.

June 26, 2013
Team members gather for a photo after safely and successfully completing a complicated glove box separation.
Hanford Workers Achieve Success in Difficult Glove Box Project at Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) recently finished safely separating three glove boxes for removal from Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) after months of planning and preparation.

June 26, 2013
The 200 West Pump and Treat System is Hanford’s largest facility for treating contaminated groundwater.
Hanford Groundwater Contamination Areas Shrink as EM Exceeds Cleanup Goals

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers supporting groundwater cleanup for EM’s Richland Operations Office at the Hanford site have exceeded a fiscal year goal to remove 3,500 pounds of carbon tetrachloride from groundwater under the center of the site.

June 26, 2013
EM uses data collected at monitoring wells to determine groundwater migration patterns and potential risks.
Oak Ridge EM Program Collaborates with Regulators on Groundwater Strategy

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge EM program has joined state and federal regulators in a series of workshops to address contaminated groundwater on the Oak Ridge Reservation.