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December 29, 2015
U.S. Army veteran Ashley Dernberger is the most recent student to join Savannah River Remediation’s Veteran Cooperative Program. She works part time in public affairs while pursuing a marketing degree at Augusta University.
Veteran Cooperative Program Sees Successful First Year at Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – A year, seven veterans, and several recognitions under its belt, the Savannah River Site liquid waste contractor’s Veteran Cooperative Program is still going strong.

December 29, 2015
The Idaho State University class is briefed by Idaho Treatment Group Operations Support Manager Jeremy Hampton, far left, front row.
Field Trip to EM’s Idaho Treatment Facility is Students’ High Point of Class

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – For graduate students in Dr. Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar’s Idaho State University (ISU) radioactive waste management class, waste treatment takes on a new meaning when watching the Supercompactor transform a 725-pound, 35-inch-tall, 55-gallon drum into what looks like a 7-inch-tall, 2-foot-diameter hockey puck.

December 29, 2015
Clearing Away Process Gas Equipment Moves Portsmouth D&D Forward

Crane operator Brian Lambert of Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth, EM decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) contractor, lowers the last compressor to the operations floor of the X-326 uranium enrichment process building at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site in Piketon, Ohio.

December 29, 2015
Employees prepare to deliver food to pantries in the 2015 food drive.
West Valley Demonstration Project Food Drive Delivers Food for 700 Families

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM employees at West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) helped collect and deliver 114,843 pounds of food, including 360 turkeys, to nine food pantries in the West Valley area, just in time to benefit about 700 families in need during the holidays.

December 17, 2015
EM Update Newsletter Spotlights River Corridor Cleanup at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – In this issue of the EM Update newsletter, EM marks the many accomplishments the Richland Operations Office and its contractors have achieved in cleanup along the Columbia River corridor at the Hanford Site. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the River Corridor Closure Contract, the nation’s largest environmental cleanup closure project, managed by Washington Closure Hanford. The work has involved projects to clean up existing contamination and waste sites near the river, preventing contamination from reaching it, and cocooning or demolishing hundreds of structures no longer in use, including former reactors along the river that helped create materials for the U.S. nuclear weapons program.

December 17, 2015
A recent photo of the N Reactor in its cocooned state looks sharply different than it did in 2005.
Successful River Corridor Contractor Completes Extra Work Scope, Saving DOE $300 Million

RICHLAND, Wash. – The River Corridor Closure Contract team can take pride in the progress of cleanup along Hanford Site’s River Corridor.

December 17, 2015
Washington Closure Hanford: Ten Years of River Corridor Cleanup

This timeline shows contractor Washington Closure Hanford's accomplishments over the past 10 years through its River Corridor Closure Contract.

December 17, 2015
River Corridor Work Creates Legacy of Success in Cleanup of Nation’s Plutonium Production

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Columbia River flows through the Hanford Site for approximately 50 miles. Nine reactors were built along its southern shore during World War II and the Cold War to produce plutonium for the nation’s nuclear weapons program.

December 17, 2015
The inset photo shows Hanford’s 300 Area in 1982 in comparison to the area today, shown in the larger image.
Contractors Cleaned Up Most of Hanford Site's River Corridor, But Work Remains

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington Closure Hanford and previous contractors have completed much of the cleanup work in the River Corridor.

December 17, 2015
River Corridor Achievements

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Washington Closure Hanford and previous contractors have completed much of the cleanup work in the River Corridor, shown here.