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March 28, 2013
An aerial view of Hanford’s 300 Area North Section following completion of cleanup.
Richland Operations Office Completes Cleanup in Hanford’s 300 Area North Section

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM met a Tri-Party Agreement milestone by completing cleanup of the north portion of Hanford’s 300 Area.

March 28, 2013
CWI engineers Jeff Jones, David Tolman, right, and Kirk Dooley (seated) developed a treatment to safely dissolve a bicarbonate crust and treat and remove the sodium in the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II at the Idaho site.
Idaho Site Obtains Patent for Nuclear Reactor Sodium Cleanup Treatment

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – An innovative idea for cleaning up sodium in a decommissioned nuclear reactor at EM’s Idaho site grew from a carpool discussion.

March 28, 2013
Scrapers excavate the Crescent Junction disposal cell 25 feet below ground surface.
GAO Report Reflects Success Story for EM Sites

In a report released earlier this year, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said it recognized progress on EM projects of $750 million or less and was shifting the focus of EM's high-risk designation more to major contracts and projects greater than $750 million. This progress is evident at several EM sites.

March 28, 2013
Former EM Assistant Secretary Jessie Roberson now serves on the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.
Former Assistant Secretary Looks Back on Legacy

Editor’s note: 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.

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
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.

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
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
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.