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March 28, 2013
WIPP surface maintenance employees tail a new steel head rope over the hoist drum. The hoist is used to transport TRU waste 2,150 underground for final disposal.
WIPP Safety Is Paramount Top to Bottom, Literally

CARLSBAD, N.M. – As part of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s (WIPP) preventive maintenance program, four of six head ropes that suspend the waste conveyance were safely replaced recently.

March 28, 2013
A worker at NNSS handles large, high-powered batteries called radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs), which are discussed in the recent article on the NNSS in RadWaste Solutions magazine. Like most low-level waste, RTGs disposed of at the NNSS were handled without any special equipment or clothing because of the relatively low dose rate levels.
Waste Management Magazine Highlights Nevada National Security Site

LAS VEGAS – The Nevada National Security Site’s (NNSS) successful low-level waste disposal program was the subject of a recent spread in RadWaste Solutions magazine.

February 27, 2013
Dr. Carolyn L. Huntoon
Former Assistant Secretary Reflects on Career High Point Leading EM: 'Well Worth the Effort'

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.

February 27, 2013
James Hawkins
EM Employee Serves Military in Afghanistan, Manages $5.8 Billion Army Task Order

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – EM employee James Hawkins is currently serving the U.S. military in Afghanistan, where he is administering a $5.8 billion task order for the Army.

February 27, 2013
This graphic shows how the radiofrequency identification technology tracks and monitors packages in transport, in-transit stops and storage.
Waste Shipment Tracking Technology Lowers Costs, Increases Efficiency

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM's Office of Packaging and Transportation (OPT) has developed award-winning technology that reduces costs and increases the efficiency of tracking and monitoring radioactive material shipments.

February 27, 2013
Mike Tidwell performs a leak check and inspection on propane tanks
Oak Ridge: Approaching 4 Million Safe Work Hours

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Workers at URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the prime contractor for EM’s Oak Ridge cleanup, are approaching a milestone of 4 million safe work hours without a lost time away incident.

February 27, 2013
Hnin Khaing focuses on her work at WIPP Laboratories near Carlsbad, New Mexico
DOE National Analytical Management Program Draws Global Interest

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The National Analytical Management Program (NAMP), which coordinates analytical services and capabilities throughout DOE, has garnered global interest.

January 30, 2013
Transportation Tracking and Communication System users can now track shipments of radioactive materials and access transportation information on mobile devices.
Enhancements to System for Tracking Radioactive Waste Shipments Benefit Multiple Users

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) recently deployed a new version of the Transportation Tracking and Communication System (TRANSCOM) that is compatible with mobile devices, including smartphones.

January 30, 2013
Pictured here are the Christmas gifts purchased with donations raised by EM staff for families of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
EM Helps Military Families in Need

LAS VEGAS – Six families from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas recently received nearly $4,000 in donations — funds that helped provide a welcome relief during the holidays.

January 30, 2013
Thomas D’Agostino, right, who retired this month as Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator, presents EM’s Candice Trummell with the NNSA Gold Medal earlier this month.
National Nuclear Security Administration Commends Three EM Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently honored three EM employees for their leadership and expertise in national security and helping advance the world’s largest nuclear cleanup.