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March 31, 2016
Workers from Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth lower the last converter removed from the cell floor of Building X-326 at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. All process gas equipment components have been removed from the building.
EM Makes Progress Preparing Old Enrichment Plants for Demolition

PHOENIX – EM is preparing old uranium enrichment facilities in Ohio and Kentucky for eventual demolition, Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) officials said here earlier this month.

March 31, 2016
A snapshot of EM’s sustainability achieves in fiscal year 2015.
EM Goes Beyond DOE Goals Again to Reduce Carbon Footprint

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM reduced its carbon footprint by 34 percent in fiscal year 2015, exceeding the Department’s target of 19 percent, and moved past other sustainability goals DOE set in its initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions and lower energy use intensity.

March 31, 2016
Ron Holm, a RWMC foreman, remotely monitors activities inside an enclosed area where a debris repackaging project is underway.
Idaho Crews Use Waste Treatment Expertise to Land Additional Work

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Crews with EM’s main cleanup contractor at the Idaho Site have begun processing additional waste drums and repackaging large debris from another DOE facility to help the program make progress in meeting cleanup milestones.

March 31, 2016
EM’s DOE Fellows Participate in Waste Management Conference

PHOENIX – Twenty Florida International University (FIU) students who serve as DOE Fellows in the EM program presented technical posters at the annual Waste Management Conference in Phoenix earlier this month.

March 31, 2016
Ebert, left, listens to seventh grader Zoe as she explains her experiment, “Penguins and Chocolate Mousse Don’t Mix,” which tested how the salinity of water affects a mixture of crude oil and seawater, modeled using cooking oil.
Science Fair Participants Years Ahead of Their Time, Say Judges from ORP

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Three of EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) staff members served as judges for the 61st annual Mid-Columbia Science and Engineering Fair this month.

March 31, 2016
Fluor maintenance mechanic Robert Fulton lifts equipment at the C-337 former uranium enrichment process building at EM’s Paducah Site.
Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project Marks 2 Million Safe Work Hours

PADUCAH, Ky. – Workers performing the remediation, deactivation, and decommissioning at the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site recently reached 2 million hours without a lost-time injury on the job.

March 31, 2016
WRPS engineers Bryce Eaton and Ashley Ansolabehere pose for a photo with third graders at Maya Angelou Elementary in Pasco, Wash.
EM's Office of River Protection Workers Teach Engineering to Local Students

RICHLAND, Wash. – Giving young students a taste of what it’s like to be an engineer is the focus of Engineers, or E, Week.

March 16, 2016
EM headquarters and field office leaders gathered for a one-day workshop to examine the various contractor oversight programs in place across the EM complex.
EM Leaders Work to Further Strengthen Oversight

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s senior leaders recently met at the Hanford Site to discuss ways to strengthen how EM oversees the work of its cleanup contractors.

March 16, 2016
Theresa Kliczewski, environmental protection specialist in EM’s Office of Disposition Planning and Policy, explains the GTCC EIS path forward to participants in the Waste Management Symposia 2016 in Phoenix.
Final Environmental Impact Statement Brings DOE Closer to Disposing Unique Waste

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM celebrated a milestone recently when DOE issued the long-awaited Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Disposal of Greater-Than-Class-C (GTCC) Low-Level Radioactive Waste and GTCC-Like Waste.

March 16, 2016
Christine Gelles leaves EM this month for a position in the private sector.
Longtime EM Exec Christine Gelles Departing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Christine Gelles, an EM executive whose work contributed to a range of waste management accomplishments over more than 20 years at DOE, departs this month for a position in the private sector. Gelles will become corporate vice president and chief strategy officer at the energy and environmental consulting firm Longenecker and Associates.