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February 11, 2016
Bechtel employees celebrate a $100,000 gift to Friends of Badger Mountain at Trailhead Park in Richland.
Contractors Donate Nearly $600,000 to Charity

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s prime contractor for the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP), Bechtel National Inc., and its employees donated more than $590,000 to community organizations in 2015.

February 11, 2016
Connie Martin performs work inside the Error Lab while trainees observe her actions for mistakes.
Portsmouth Training Exercise Helps Radiological Trainees Spot Mistakes Safely

PIKETON, Ohio – A new training exercise aims to enhance worker safety at EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site as a decontamination and decommissioning project removes thousands of components from a 30-acre former uranium enrichment process building.

February 11, 2016
The Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board was honored at the chamber’s annual dinner in January. Pictured, left to right, are Carlton Cave (Portsmouth SSAB member), Joel Bradburne (Portsmouth SSAB deputy designated federal official), Greg Simonton (Portsmouth SSAB federal coordinator), Paul Price (chamber treasurer), Gary Cooper (chamber president), Will Henderson (Portsmouth SSAB chair), Val Francis (former Portsmouth SSAB chair), Cristy Renner (Portsmouth SSAB member), Richard Snyder (former Portsmouth SSAB Chair), Sharon Manson (former Portsmouth SSAB member), Neil Leist (Portsmouth SSAB member), Julie Galloway (Portsmouth SSAB support staff), Shirley Bandy (chamber executive director and former Portsmouth SSAB member), and Gene Brushart (former Portsmouth SSAB member).
Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board

PIKETON, Ohio – The Pike County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized the Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board (SSAB) as its 2015 Organization of the Year.

February 11, 2016
Matthew J. Parker has been named president-elect of the American Meteorological Society.
EM Laboratory Meteorologist to Lead American Meteorological Society

AIKEN, S.C. – In a first for DOE, a Department-affiliated meteorologist has been named president-elect of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

January 27, 2016
Demolition of PFP will occur in stages, as indicated in the shaded sections above. Demolition will start with the Plutonium Reclamation Facility (green), followed by 242-Z (red), the main processing building (blue), followed by the ventilation stack (orange).
EM Prepares to Demolish Most Hazardous Hanford Site Facility

RICHLAND, Wash. – One of EM’s most complex risk-reduction projects is expected to wrap up in coming months as crews demolish a Cold War relic at the Hanford Site: the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP).

January 27, 2016
Rimando shakes hand with a Robonaut 2 at Johnson Space Center. It was the first human-like robot NASA launched to space.
EM Invites Proposals for Robotics Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM and other federal government entities working to spur advances in robotics have issued a new call for research proposals in their campaign to develop co-robots that can work in cooperation with people.

January 27, 2016
When operating, one transformer could distribute enough power to provide electricity to approximately 6,300 average-sized homes.
Innovative Approach Reduces Costs of Removing Contaminated Oil from Paducah Site

PADUCAH, Ky. – For more than 60 years, 60 electrical distribution transformers supplied some of the power to enrich uranium at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP).

January 27, 2016
EM's Oak Ridge Office Contractor Scores High in Latest Award Fee Evaluation

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM gave URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) a score of nearly 96 percent, allowing the contractor to earn over $4.4 million of the available fee of more than $4.6 million for the period from April to September 2015. UCOR is responsible for cleaning up the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), formerly the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, as well as other select sites on DOE’s Oak Ridge Reservation under a contract valued at $2.4 billion.

January 27, 2016
WRPS workers do preparatory work at the A/AX tank farms at Hanford in April 2015. They are the next tank farms from which waste will be retrieved at Hanford. WRPS recently received an 88 percent award fee for its performance in fiscal year 2015.
Hanford Site Contractor Receives Overall ‘Very Good’ Rating for Tank Operations

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM recently gave its Office of River Protection (ORP) tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) an overall “very good” rating for fiscal year 2015, allowing the company at the Hanford Site to earn a $13,728,000 award fee.

January 27, 2016
Grand Challenge Semifinalist Study Yields Results for Hanford Plant's Ventilation System

RICHLAND, Wash. – Results of a recent EM Office of River Protection (ORP) effort to develop a test method and measure of the thermal properties of waste glasses show that the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant’s Low Activity Waste Facility is adequately designed to allow for the cooling of hot glass in the containers.