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January 30, 2013
Chromium Water Treatment System Facility Manager Matt Finley stands near one of the facility’s ground wells.
New EM Facility Treats Groundwater at Oak Ridge

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s EM program is operating a new facility that reduces the amount of contaminants entering Mitchell Branch, a stream at DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park.

January 30, 2013
Japanese Officials Draw on Expertise of National Laboratories for Fukushima Plant Cleanup

AIKEN, S.C. – Dave Herman, far right in the photo above, a researcher with Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) — EM's corporate laboratory — demonstrates a test rig for SRNL-developed rotary microfilter waste management technology.

January 30, 2013
Thomas D’Agostino, right, who retired this month as Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator, presents EM’s Candice Trummell with the NNSA Gold Medal earlier this month.
National Nuclear Security Administration Commends Three EM Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently honored three EM employees for their leadership and expertise in national security and helping advance the world’s largest nuclear cleanup.

December 27, 2012
Shelly Wilson, third from right, participates in a roundtable discussion at the Intergovernmental Meeting with the DOE in New Orleans this month. Also pictured are Maryland Delegate Sally Jameson, left to right, Office of River Protection Deputy Manager Stacy Charboneau, Willie Preacher, Director of DOE-related projects for Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and Eddy County, N.M., Commissioner Roxanne Lara.
Federal Facilities Liaison Weighs in on EM Achievements, Challenges at Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – For more than two decades, Shelly Wilson has been working with the Savannah River Site (SRS) as an employee of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). For the past seven years she has worked as the SCDHEC Federal Facilities Liaison. In this role, Wilson ensures the state and EM program at SRS work collaboratively, and she says she applies pressure where needed to drive down risks.

December 27, 2012
Shown here is a screenshot of the interactive map, which makes Nevada National Security Site data more accessible to the public.
Nevada National Security Site Cleanup Information Is Just a Click Away with Computer Map, Database - New Interactive Map Makes NNSS Data More Accessible to the Public

LAS VEGAS, NV – For decades, the Nevada Site Office (NSO) has been investigating, characterizing, identifying, and performing corrective actions in areas contaminated by historical nuclear research, development and testing.

More recently, the NSO consolidated this body of work into a single, accessible information repository for stakeholders.

December 27, 2012
Idaho Waste Retrieval Facility Begins New Role

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – A waste retrieval facility constructed over a former buried radioactive waste disposal cell, known as Pit 9, at the Idaho site has been repurposed for treating 6,000 drums of sludge waste left over from the Cold War weapons program.

December 27, 2012
From left, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Waste Management Frank Marcinowski, San Ildefonso Pueblo Governor Terry Aguilar, Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Los Alamos Site Office Manager Kevin Smith, and Laboratory Director Charles McMillan applaud as the 1,000th shipment of waste leaves Los Alamos National Laboratory.
LANL Shatters Records in First Year of Accelerated TRU Waste Shipping Effort

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – In the first year of accelerated transuranic (TRU) waste shipments, Los Alamos National Laboratory shattered its own record and became one of the largest shippers of this type of nuclear waste in the country.

“Our goal was to transport 184 shipments of waste during the first year of an accelerated schedule, and we surpassed that by nearly 60 shipments,” said Dan Cox, deputy associate director of environmental programs at the Lab.

Los Alamos’ previous record was 171 shipments, set last year.

December 27, 2012
Laborers place a disposable liner in a tailings container.
Moab Project Continues Progress on Tailings Removal with Contract Transition

MOAB, Utah – The Moab mill tailings removal project in Utah ended the year having shipped more than 35 percent of the total 16 million tons of uranium mill tailings off-site.

The tailings are being transported by rail 30 miles north to a disposal cell for permanent storage. More than 1 million tons of tailings were shipped during fiscal year 2012, which closed at the end of September.

December 27, 2012
EM’s Office of River Protection has successfully removed waste from a tenth storage tank at the Hanford site. Located in C Farm, C-109 is one of 16 underground tanks ranging in capacity from 55,000 to 530,000 gallons.
Retrieval of Tenth Single-shell Tank Complete at Hanford's Office of River Protection

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Office of River Protection (ORP) has completed retrieval of radioactive and chemical waste from the tenth underground waste storage tank at the Hanford site.

December 27, 2012
Demolition of K-25, DOE’s largest-ever demolition project, is ongoing.
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Pursues Vision of Future While Remembering Past

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – What a difference a year makes.

In 2012, DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (EM) surged ahead on the agency’s largest-ever demolition project, the K-25 building. Due to effective federal oversight, and the efficient work of the site’s prime contractor, URS|CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the 44-acre Manhattan Project-era superstructure is disappearing quickly.