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April 14, 2016
EM, N.M. Officials Celebrate New Emergency Center for Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney joined New Mexico officials and others to mark the completion of a new state-of-the-art Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Emergency Operations Center in a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently.

April 14, 2016
Pictured from left are Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) Project Manager Phil Breidenbach; EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto; EM Acting Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Frank Marcinowski; Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Facility Representative-in-Training Phil Theisen; Hannah Paterson, who is serving a five-month assignment in EM as a member of the United Kingdom nuclear graduate program; NWP Hoistman Javier Leyva; and CBFO Office of Program Management and National TRU Program Assistant Manager Casey Gadbury.
EM Cleanup Chief Surveys Progress in Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Underground

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto recently toured the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) to view progress toward safely resuming waste disposal operations there later this year.

April 14, 2016
Simulated low-activity waste is cooled in a prototypic steel container as part of ORP-sponsored testing at a Columbia, Md., facility in September 2003.
Study Builds Knowledge of Nuclear Waste Glass, Provides Insight to Facility Design

RICHLAND, Wash. – An EM Office of River Protection (ORP)-directed study recently helped determine accurate temperature measurement methods for heat dissipation from high-level and low-activity waste containers during the vitrification process at the Hanford Site’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP).

April 14, 2016
Richard Mayer, right, is pictured with Portsmouth Site Director Dr. Vincent Adams with a plaque commemorating Mayer’s accomplishment.
Portsmouth Site Engineer Authors Safety Standard

PIKETON, Ohio – Decontaminating and decommissioning a more than 60-year-old Cold War uranium enrichment facility at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant is a task of extraordinary magnitude requiring stringent policies and procedures so work can be performed safely.

April 14, 2016
National Nuclear Security Administration Official Tours Cleanup Operations for Navy

RICHLAND, Wash. – Adm. James F. Caldwell Jr., director of the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration’s Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, recently toured the Hanford Site cleanup activities managed by EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL). RL Manager Stacy Charboneau welcomed Caldwell to the site.

April 14, 2016
Brad Keefe, director of Tritium Business Planning and Integration, presents an acquisition forecasting process during a rapid improvement event at the Savannah River Site.
EM Contractor’s System Yields $8.9 Million in Savings at Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s management and operations contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) recently marked its first year under a new business system that has led to taxpayer savings of $8.9 million.

April 14, 2016
Raman Venkata is a structural safety system oversight engineer at EM’s Office of River Protection.
Engineer Joins Esteemed Fellows with Celebrated Contributions

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM Office of River Protection’s (ORP) Raman Venkata, a structural safety system oversight engineer, was selected as an American Society of Civil Engineers fellow.

April 14, 2016
Ohio University held discussions with the public on future uses of the Portsmouth Site as part of the PORTSfuture process.
New Grants Fund Continued Research, Outreach for EM's Portsmouth, Paducah Sites

LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM recently awarded grants to Ohio University (OU) and the University of Kentucky (UK) to develop publicly available information related to the cleanup of the Portsmouth and Paducah gaseous diffusion plant sites in Ohio and Kentucky.

April 14, 2016
SRNS Engineer Michael Mitchell assists Jackson Middle School student Le'Landra Jarvis with a science project as her teacher Sally Brady looks on.
SRS Engineers Join Students in Buddy Program

AIKEN, S.C. – Sixth-graders near Savannah River Site (SRS) stretched their collective knowledge when the school building temporarily closed for a planned water outage, prompting staff members to challenge them to devise an innovative, efficient alternate water system.

April 14, 2016
WRPS President and Project Manager Mark Lindholm voices his support for the Columbia Basin College Nuclear Technology program at a demonstration hosted at the college in March.
Donation Improves Nuclear Training, Education

RICHLAND, Wash. – A $32,000 donation from Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), the Hanford Tank Operations Contractor for EM’s Office of River Protection, is improving nuclear training and education at a local community college.