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April 1, 2012
A waste area at an East Tennessee Technology Park scrap yard before cleanup.
‘Project Wipeout’ Helps Clean Up Oak Ridge

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – A term like “Project Wipeout,” may conjure images of military operations, extreme sporting events or a comical competition show on television.

March 1, 2012
Pictured from left are Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga; DOE Savannah River Operations Office Manager Dave Moody; SRNS Infrastructure Maintenance and Engineering Manager John Stafford; DOE Federal Projects Director Jim DeMass; Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Thomas D’Agostino; DOE-Savannah River Assistant Manager Karen Guevara; Ameresco Federal Programs Director Nicole Bulgarino; Ameresco Executive Vice President Keith Derrington; U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC); Ameresco Program Manager Ken Chacey; and Ameresco President and CEO George Sakellaris.
EM Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for New Biomass Plant at Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Thomas D’Agostino were among the officials who marked the operational startup of the Savannah River Site (SRS) Biomass Cogeneration Facility recently.

March 1, 2012
SRR has released its 2011 Annual Review.
Contractor Issues 2011 Annual Review

AIKEN, S.C. – Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), has released its 2011 Annual Review available here.

March 1, 2012
Rose Scott, a governmental affairs specialist with URS Washington TRU Solutions LLC, the DOE Waste Isolation Pilot Plant management and operating contractor, was selected for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Board.
WIPP Representative Selected For National Environmental Justice Advisory Board

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Organizers say no similar opportunity or conference exists in America. In April, representatives from federal and state agencies, local governments, tribes, communities, business, academia and other groups will gather in Washington, D.C. for the 2012 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program.

March 1, 2012
EM Updates Congress on Nuclear Cleanup Progress in 18th Annual Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM and its cleanup contractors present briefings each year to the U.S. House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus on remediation operations at its major sites across the DOE
complex. The briefings are organized by Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), who chairs the bipartisan caucus.

March 1, 2012
EM Focuses on Contract, Project Management Improvements in Three-Day Workshop

ORLANDO, Fla. – EM held a three-day workshop in Orlando this month focusing on strategies to improve contract and project management across the EM complex.

March 1, 2012
New Resin Improves Efficiency, Reduces Costs in Hanford Site Groundwater Treatment

RICHLAND, Wash. – A new resin EM, the Richland Operations Office, and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company are using in contaminated groundwater treatment is expected to increase efficiency and reduce costs in the operation of pump-and-treat facilities along the Columbia River at the Hanford site.

February 1, 2012
Alice Williams was named EM’s Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary on Jan. 1.
New Member of EM’s Leadership Team Envisions Success Following Reorganization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alice Williams was named EM’s Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary on Jan. 1. Williams recently talked with EM Update about her role in EM’s new organizational structure, which is based on a matrix construct and facilitates collaborative decision-making around shared goals and objectives. This structure aims to better align the program to achieve success in the Cold War cleanup. As part of its reorganization, EM created Mission Units, which are in charge of the effective program management of the mission areas and the activities necessary to complete the cleanup mission.

February 1, 2012
EM's Strategic Planning Initiative Examines Impact of Lower Funding Targets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM is conducting a strategic planning effort that aims to optimize progress in the organization’s environmental cleanup program.

February 1, 2012
A Savannah River Nuclear Solutions employee hangs one of several “Safety Begins with Me” banners near a Savannah River Site entrance.
‘Safety Begins with Me’ Works toward an Injury-Free Workplace at Savannah River Site - Employees embrace high-quality safety awareness campaign

AIKEN, S.C. – Banners decorate overpasses, safety-related stories fill internal communications, posters adorn walls, and badges and stickers with the words “Safety Begins with Me” appear on badge lanyards, filing cabinets, building doors and vehicle dashboards.