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February 11, 2016
SRR workers oversaw placement of nearly 6,100 cubic yards of grout into Tank 16 from June to September 2015, achieving operational closure ahead of the October 2015 scheduled deadline, and making it the seventh tank closed at SRS.
Savannah River Site Liquid Waste Contractor Earns Excellent Performance Rating

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s Savannah River Site (SRS) liquid waste contractor earned nearly a 96 percent award fee rating for exceeding most performance goals in key cleanup and risk reduction activities in fiscal year 2015.

February 11, 2016
The K Area Complex exited deliberate operations on Jan. 25 this year.
Operational Pause at Savannah River Site Benefits Safety Culture, Operations

AIKEN, S.C. – EM and the Savannah River Site (SRS) management and operations contractor are seeing positive impacts on safety culture as the site works to restore operations following last year’s operational pause.

February 11, 2016
This photo illustration of the conceptual view shows the vertical expansion of the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility. The large area on the right includes the uppermost surface of the vertical expansion, which will be shaped to form a crown and will be covered with a 2 percent grade and side slopes at 12 percent.
Hanford Disposal Facility Expands Vertically to Make Room for More Waste

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and cleanup contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) are working innovatively to safely expand the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) by disposing additional waste on top of the current landfill.

February 11, 2016
EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Planning and Budget Bart Barnhart served as senior coordinator for EM's CFC campaign.
EM Headquarters Employees Give More than $51,000 to 2015 Combined Federal Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Final results of the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) show EM headquarters employees donated more than $51,000 to people in need through the federal government’s workplace charitable giving drive.

February 11, 2016
Bechtel employees celebrate a $100,000 gift to Friends of Badger Mountain at Trailhead Park in Richland.
Contractors Donate Nearly $600,000 to Charity

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s prime contractor for the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP), Bechtel National Inc., and its employees donated more than $590,000 to community organizations in 2015.

February 11, 2016
Connie Martin performs work inside the Error Lab while trainees observe her actions for mistakes.
Portsmouth Training Exercise Helps Radiological Trainees Spot Mistakes Safely

PIKETON, Ohio – A new training exercise aims to enhance worker safety at EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site as a decontamination and decommissioning project removes thousands of components from a 30-acre former uranium enrichment process building.

February 11, 2016
The Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board was honored at the chamber’s annual dinner in January. Pictured, left to right, are Carlton Cave (Portsmouth SSAB member), Joel Bradburne (Portsmouth SSAB deputy designated federal official), Greg Simonton (Portsmouth SSAB federal coordinator), Paul Price (chamber treasurer), Gary Cooper (chamber president), Will Henderson (Portsmouth SSAB chair), Val Francis (former Portsmouth SSAB chair), Cristy Renner (Portsmouth SSAB member), Richard Snyder (former Portsmouth SSAB Chair), Sharon Manson (former Portsmouth SSAB member), Neil Leist (Portsmouth SSAB member), Julie Galloway (Portsmouth SSAB support staff), Shirley Bandy (chamber executive director and former Portsmouth SSAB member), and Gene Brushart (former Portsmouth SSAB member).
Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board

PIKETON, Ohio – The Pike County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized the Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board (SSAB) as its 2015 Organization of the Year.

February 11, 2016
Matthew J. Parker has been named president-elect of the American Meteorological Society.
EM Laboratory Meteorologist to Lead American Meteorological Society

AIKEN, S.C. – In a first for DOE, a Department-affiliated meteorologist has been named president-elect of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

January 27, 2016
Demolition of PFP will occur in stages, as indicated in the shaded sections above. Demolition will start with the Plutonium Reclamation Facility (green), followed by 242-Z (red), the main processing building (blue), followed by the ventilation stack (orange).
EM Prepares to Demolish Most Hazardous Hanford Site Facility

RICHLAND, Wash. – One of EM’s most complex risk-reduction projects is expected to wrap up in coming months as crews demolish a Cold War relic at the Hanford Site: the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP).

January 27, 2016
Rimando shakes hand with a Robonaut 2 at Johnson Space Center. It was the first human-like robot NASA launched to space.
EM Invites Proposals for Robotics Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM and other federal government entities working to spur advances in robotics have issued a new call for research proposals in their campaign to develop co-robots that can work in cooperation with people.