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April 27, 2016
The Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at DOE's Idaho Site.
DOE Holds New Workshops to Aid Idaho Waste Treatment Facility Startup

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Technical experts from around the country recently converged in Idaho Falls to aid DOE’s efforts to safely and effectively start up the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU), intended to treat the approximately 900,000 gallons of remaining radioactive liquid tank waste at DOE’s Idaho Site.

April 27, 2016
The WIPP Blue Mine Rescue Team moves through the course in the field competition of the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Contest.
WIPP's Mine Rescue Teams Win Big in Contest

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The EM Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Blue Mine Rescue Team was named the overall champion at the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Contest held in Carlsbad in April. WIPP’s Red Mine Rescue Team took first place in the first aid competition.

April 27, 2016
A Swift & Staley heavy equipment operator loads a salt spreader at Paducah’s C-732 Salt Storage Facility.
Paducah and DUF6 Award Fees Determined for Three Prime Contracts

LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM has completed final performance evaluations of two prime contractors in support of deactivation and decommissioning of the former Paducah gaseous diffusion plant. In addition, the operations contractor for EM’s two plants that convert depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) to a more stable form at the Paducah, Kentucky and Portsmouth, Ohio sites received its annual fee determination.

April 27, 2016
EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Douglas E. Hintze
EM Site Manager Reflects on Field Office’s Formative Year, Looks to Future

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Douglas E. Hintze recently spoke with EM Update about the launch of EM’s newest site office and its challenges and accomplishments.

April 27, 2016
New Idaho Cleanup Project Contractor Unveils Management Team

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM’s new contractor for the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP), Fluor Idaho, LLC, has unveiled its senior management team.

April 27, 2016
Left to right, ORSSAB Chair Belinda Price, EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, City of Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch, and Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Deputy Manager Jay Mullis gather at the EM SSAB 2016 Spring Chairs Meeting in Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge Hosts EM Site Specific Advisory Board Spring Chairs Meeting

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – More than 60 participants from across the country traveled to Oak Ridge this month to attend the EM Site Specific Advisory Board’s (SSAB) 2016 Spring Chairs Meeting. The event was hosted by the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).

April 27, 2016
Savannah River Site Contractor Resumes Full Operations Following Pause

AIKEN, S.C. – Savannah River Site management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) has resumed full operations following an operational pause in September 2015, incorporating improvements and lessons learned across all projects and facilities. The HB Line facility emerged from a period of improvements called Deliberate Operations in April, the last of the SRNS operations to resume full operations.

April 27, 2016
Nuclear Waste Partnership received about 86 percent of the available fee for the performance period as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant management and operations contractor.
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Contractor Receives 86 Percent of Available Fee

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) recently issued the fiscal year 2015 fee award determination for Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), and it shows the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) management and operations contractor earned almost 86 percent — or about $11.7 million of more than $13.6 million — of the fee available for the performance period.

April 27, 2016
An ancillary building in the H Reactor Area is among many in the soil and groundwater program that was demolished ahead of schedule.
Forward Thinking of Employees at Hanford Site Helps in Accelerated Cleanup

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M) are finding creative ways to manage resources and accelerate Hanford Site cleanup. Workers recently completed a demolition project along the Columbia River shoreline that included tearing down several old groundwater treatment buildings and disposing of thousands of pieces of equipment.

April 27, 2016
Idaho Treatment Group’s Characterization and Storage Manager Chuck Stepzinski examines 100-gallon drums that have been certified and are ready to ship for disposal.
Employees Achieve Certified Success at Idaho Site’s Waste Treatment Project

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Employees at EM’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the Idaho Site have finished preparing 7,231 certified waste drums so they’re at the ready to be shipped for disposal.