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December 17, 2015
CH2M operates five pump and treat facilities along the Columbia River for EM's Richland Operations Office.
Pump-and-Treat Systems Prove Effective, Deliver Cost Savings in Groundwater Cleanup

RICHLAND, Wash. – In conjunction with Washington Closure Hanford removing sources of contamination, including soil and facilities, the primary line of defense protecting the Columbia River is an extensive groundwater treatment system. The system includes five pump-and-treat facilities and a network of more than 2,000 wells to extract, inject and monitor groundwater.

November 25, 2015
At the Idaho site, the Accelerated Retrieval Project VIII was completed in 2013 at a cost of $37 million, $12 million under baseline. The project designed and constructed a retrieval enclosure to excavate and remove 2,657 cubic yards of buried radioactive and organic solvent wastes.
Project Management Improvements Drive Progress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Improving project management has been a top priority of EM’s senior leadership.

November 25, 2015
Bell speaks during the DOE’s Veterans Day celebration as Anders, center, and Barnhart listen.
EM Executives Share Challenges in Transition from Military to Civilian Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two EM senior executives participated as panelists in a special Veterans Day celebration at DOE headquarters.

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.