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November 25, 2015
SRNS operators Stanley Creech (left) and Paul Dobson monitor the injection of silver chloride into an aquifer at SRS.
Passive Groundwater Cleanup Measures Save Savannah River Site Millions of Dollars

AIKEN, S.C. – The EM program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) is successfully treating contaminated groundwater using passive, natural cleanup measures that have reduced remediation costs by millions of dollars.

November 25, 2015
H Canyon retirees enjoy the 60-year celebration of the facility. From left: Bill Whitlock, Jack Lowery, Bob Hanvey, George Blackburn, Jr., Zack Patrick, Alan Gregory, Frank Loudermilk, Jr., Bob Womack and Don Johnson.
In H Canyon’s 60th Year, Retirees Remember Facility’s Beginnings and Challenging Careers

AIKEN, S.C. – Everything changes, including government nuclear facilities.
Just ask Bill Whitlock and George Blackburn, Jr., two retirees from Savannah River Site’s (SRS) H Canyon. Both men shared fond memories of their careers after attending the H Canyon 60-year celebration.

November 25, 2015
From left to right, SRNL Director Dr. Terry Michalske, University of South Carolina Aiken Chancellor Dr. Sandra Jordan, and DOE CIO Michael Johnson.
DOE’s Chief Information Officer Visits Savannah River National Laboratory

AIKEN, S.C. – DOE Chief Information Officer (CIO) Michael Johnson joined several other Department officials this month for a visit to Savannah River National Laboratory, EM’s only national laboratory.

November 25, 2015
A worker employs a thermal lance to cut apart a massive tank so it can be removed from a building slated for demolition at the Idaho Site's Materials and Fuels Complex.
Idaho Site D&D Crew Uses Specialized Tools to Cut Apart Massive Tank in Demolition Project

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The EM program and its main cleanup contractor at the Idaho site successfully tackled a formidable project by slicing a 48-foot-long, 103,000-pound steam drum tank into three manageable pieces for removal.

November 25, 2015
David Curry (far right) teaches Ayden Mowery, Jake Miller, and Bella Presson (left to right) at Ballard County Middle School to read a pH strip to test water.
STEM Mentors Reach Nearly 300 Western Kentucky Sixth Graders

PADUCAH, Ky. – EM is reaching out to public middle schools in the City of Paducah and McCracken and Ballard counties to encourage local students to study science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

November 16, 2015
Officials with EM and NSF are pictured. Standing, left to right: Jeff Trinkle, NSF Program Director, NRI, and Robust Intelligence Information and Intelligent Systems Division; Lynne Parker, NSF Program Manager, NRI; Fay Cook, NSF Assistant Director, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney; and EM Senior Technical Advisor Rodrigo Rimando. Seated, left to right: James Kurose, NSF Assistant Director, Computer and Information Science and Engineering; and EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto.
EM and National Science Foundation Partner for Nuclearized Robotics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), which was originally chartered by President Obama in 2011 to accelerate the development and use of robots in the U.S. that work beside and in cooperation with people.

November 16, 2015
The Chinese delegation is pictured with EM officials at SRS, left to right: Liang Chen (CNNC), Zhao Zhou (CNNC), Lee Fox (SRS), Riu Su (CNNC), Ben Rivera (EM Headquarters), Liuyi Duan (CAEA), Jack Craig, (SRS), Vijay Jain (SRS), Pat Suggs (SRS), James R. Giusti (SRS), and Xuebing Song (CNNC).
Chinese Delegation Meets with EM Officials in its First Visit to Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – A delegation from two nuclear-related entities in China visited the Savannah River Site (SRS) for the first time last month, and its members agreed with EM officials to discuss potential areas of collaboration in waste treatment and disposal and to establish collaborative technology projects.

November 16, 2015
EM’s Carol Ward, center, holds a certificate honoring her first-place finish in the 2015 Feds Feed Families Chili Cookoff as she stands with the competition’s judges and organizer. Also pictured are EM employees John Lee, far left, and Marlenia Murray, right of Lee, who were recognized for donating 250 pounds of nonperishables to the Feds Feed Families drive.
EM Makes Strong Showing in Federal Food Drive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM made a strong showing in this year’s Feds Feed Families drive, contributing 46,493 pounds of food across the DOE complex and topping it off by winning top prize in a government-wide chili cookoff held at the Department’s headquarters.

November 16, 2015
Photos of the Hanford Site’s 300 Area from 1982 (above) and 2015 (below) show dramatic changes visible after cleanup of more than 200 facilities and 300 waste sites. One facility, the 324 Building, remains for remediation, and a few buildings will continue to be used by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is part of DOE’s network of national laboratories.
Hanford’s 300 Area Sees Dramatic Progress

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and its contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) have made tremendous progress in cleaning up areas along the Columbia River at the Hanford Site in the past 10 years. The progress is especially visible in the 300 Area, a former industrial area that covered 1,700 acres at the site’s southern edge.

November 16, 2015
The ruins of a Swedish hillfort site are shown here.
Ancient Glass in Swedish Hillforts May Shed Light on Immobilizing Nuclear Waste

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) is looking to the past to help with its future by studying how ancient glass has fared through the centuries and how it compares to the results of accelerated aging tests on various types of low-activity waste (LAW) glass.