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December 27, 2012
From left, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Waste Management Frank Marcinowski, San Ildefonso Pueblo Governor Terry Aguilar, Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Los Alamos Site Office Manager Kevin Smith, and Laboratory Director Charles McMillan applaud as the 1,000th shipment of waste leaves Los Alamos National Laboratory.
LANL Shatters Records in First Year of Accelerated TRU Waste Shipping Effort

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – In the first year of accelerated transuranic (TRU) waste shipments, Los Alamos National Laboratory shattered its own record and became one of the largest shippers of this type of nuclear waste in the country.

“Our goal was to transport 184 shipments of waste during the first year of an accelerated schedule, and we surpassed that by nearly 60 shipments,” said Dan Cox, deputy associate director of environmental programs at the Lab.

Los Alamos’ previous record was 171 shipments, set last year.

September 1, 2012
F Reactor during operations in 1956.
Hanford Achieves a Cleanup First

RICHLAND, Wash. – DOE contractors have completed cleanup of F Area, the first reactor area at the 586-square-mile Hanford site to be fully remediated.

September 1, 2012
Testing and equipment simulations ensure first-of-a-kind technological processes for sludge removal can be conducted safely and efficiently.
EM Employs Innovative Technology to Remove Radioactive Sludge

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Richland Operations Office and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company successfully removed a portion of a highly radioactive sludge from
underwater storage in a large basin adjacent to the K West reactor at the Hanford site this month.

September 1, 2012
A Platinum Anniversary for U.S. Atomic Heritage - EM’s Historic Manhattan Project Sites Gain International Media Attention

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Traditionally, a platinum anniversary marks 70-years. The Manhattan Project legacy reached that special milestone this summer, highlighting a remarkable history involving the Oak Ridge and Hanford sites and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

September 1, 2012
Pictured here are railcars carrying tanks of hydrofluoric acid for shipment from the Portsmouth site to Solvay Fluorides for industrial use.
Portsmouth, Paducah Project Leaps Past Shipment Milestone, Delivering Economic Benefit to U.S.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The company that operates DOE’s depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facilities marked a milestone in September when it shipped the one millionth gallon of hydrofluoric acid.

September 1, 2012
A new natural gas-fired steam plant will replace an older coal-fired steam plant shown here. The new plant has the capacity to heat buildings at the Portsmouth site much more efficiently than the old coal-fired steam plant.
Steam Plant Replaces Outdated Coal-Fired System

PIKETON, Ohio – As the Portsmouth site begins to clean up its former uranium enrichment facilities, work is under way to decontaminate and decommission (D&D) the antiquated coal-fired steam plant there.

September 1, 2012
Randy Anderson, a CAST Specialty Transportation Inc. driver, demonstrates the new hand-held Zonar system used to perform truck and trailer inspections at a September WIPP transportation exhibit in Carlsbad.
New Technologies Improve WIPP Fleet Safety

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Recently, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) carriers, Visionary Solutions LLC and CAST Specialty Transportation Inc., equipped their trucks with new safety systems to
further improve the WIPP transportation system.

September 1, 2012
Savannah River Remediation employees install new equipment in the Saltstone Process Room during the recent outage.
Improved Saltstone Facilities Restart Operations

AIKEN, S.C. – The Saltstone Facilities at the Savannah River Site (SRS) have restarted operations following a nine-month planned improvement outage.

August 1, 2012
DOE Carlsbad Field Office Deputy Manager Ed Ziemianski presents a Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) team with the Green Zia Program Silver Level Leader award from the New 
Mexico Environment Department earlier this month in recognition of environmental initiatives. Shown right of Ziemianski is Farok Sharif, Washington TRU Solutions LLC, the WIPP management and operating contractor, President and General Manager.
Carlsbad Field Office Receives New Mexico’s Silver Award for Environmental Excellence

CARLSBAD, N.M. – For the second year in a row, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) recognized the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) for its environmental stewardship by implementing pollution prevention practices and for excellence in long-term environmental and economic sustainability at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

August 1, 2012
Kentucky Governor’s Scholars pose before boarding a bus during their Paducah site visit this summer.
Paducah Site Hosts Governor’s Scholars Visit

PADUCAH, Ky. – Nineteen of Kentucky’s brightest teenagers visited the Paducah site this summer to learn more about environmental cleanup and waste management.