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November 16, 2015
Workers demolish a sodium processing facility just north of the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II’s silver dome at the Idaho Site.
Idaho Site Workers Continue to Finish D&D Cleanup Projects Under Budget

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC, (CWI) the main cleanup contractor for the EM program at the Idaho Site, took on additional work scope at the site’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) after completing grouting work at the decommissioned Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBF-II) three months ahead of schedule and $110,000 under budget this year.

November 16, 2015
The rhombus-shaped balls fill the tank farm water basin at the SRS.
Savannah River Site Basin Cleanup Comes Full Circle to Los Angeles Project

AIKEN, S.C. – Several news headlines referred to 96 million shade balls covering a Los Angeles reservoir, and they seemed oddly familiar to Savannah River Site (SRS) employees.

November 16, 2015
Sixth Annual Science Alliance
Alliance for Science

EM’s Jud Lilly explains the nuclear fuel cycle to a group of students participating in the recent Sixth Annual Science Alliance at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site in southern Ohio. A record 1,255 high school juniors attended and participated in interactive demonstrations designed to match their interests with potential careers related to science, technology, engineering and math. Students also learned about post-secondary educational requirements for those careers and regional universities that offer the necessary curricula.

October 29, 2015
Savannah River National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry A. Michalske
Director Details National Laboratory’s Role in Putting Science to Work in EM’s Cleanup

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Terry A. Michalske is director of EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in Aiken, S.C. In this role, he is responsible for the management, operation and strategic direction of the laboratory, which has about 900 employees. SRNL provides scientific and technological strategic direction and program support for EM’s cleanup program. Earlier this year, Michalske was named the National Laboratory Director of the Year by DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization for his work encouraging and promoting small businesses at the laboratory. He recently talked with EM Update about SRNL’s role in helping EM advance the nation’s nuclear cleanup.

October 29, 2015
Jack Surash, EM’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management, at a Business Opportunity Forum.
EM’s Jack Surash Reflects on Growing Participation in Business Opportunity Forums

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jack Surash, EM’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management, says he will continue to hold quarterly public forums to provide insight into the federal procurement process and discuss business opportunities in the legacy nuclear cleanup program until no one attends them. But that seems unlikely to happen.

October 29, 2015
‘One EM Team’ Concept Among Team’s Recommendations to Improve Work Culture

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM headquarters employees enjoy their work, put in extra effort to get a job done, and feel encouraged to find new ways of doing things. But they also believe EM can do more to recognize and reward those behaviors.

October 29, 2015
The U.K. delegation is pictured with EM and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) officials at DOE headquarters. From left to right: Andy Worrall, the U.S. and U.K. Lab Coordinator, ORNL; Steve Thomson, Waste Management, Business Lead, NNL; John Mathieson, Head of International Relations, NDA; Rick Short, Research & Development Manager, NDA; Steve Napier, International Technical Relations, NNL; Anthony Banford, Waste Management Chief Technology Officer, NNL; Keith Miller, Head of Marketing, NNL; and EM Senior Technical Advisor Rodrigo (Rod) V. Rimando, Jr.
U.K. Officials Visit DOE Headquarters to Collaborate on Nuclear Cleanup Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A U.K. senior-level delegation recently met with headquarters officials from DOE’s offices of EM and Nuclear Energy to expand collaboration under the government-to-government Statement of Intent signed by the Department and U.K.’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

October 29, 2015
A canister filled with nonradioactive glass sits on display.
Glass Science Could Boost Hanford Cleanup

RICHLAND, Wash. – As EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) continues with design and construction of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) project at the Hanford Site, tests continue to enhance the predicted results of turning waste into glass.

October 29, 2015
Workers stand atop newly placed drums and boxes of transuranic waste, circa. 1971. The drums and boxes would soon be covered with soil to form a protective berm.
EM Cleanup Crew Nears Finish at Idaho Transuranic Waste Storage Facility

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Working deliberately under demanding conditions, workers have entered the final storage “cell” to remove drums and boxes of waste from the Transuranic Storage Area–Retrieval Enclosure (TSA-RE) at the Department’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) in Idaho.

October 29, 2015
EM Contractor’s Role in Energy-Conservation Challenge Pays Off for Idaho Site

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – A challenge issued three years ago by a facility director to his staff at the Idaho Site has resulted in the implementation of several energy-conservation projects and huge cost savings to taxpayers.