Opening remarks by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto offered a prelude to one of the major topics that reverberated during panel discussions and sideline conversations throughout DOE’s National Cleanup Workshop. The prominent theme was the importance of technology development as a key factor in addressing EM’s challenges.
A National Cleanup Workshop panel that included a Carlsbad, N.M., official and federal and contractor employees from EM headquarters and field sites provided an update on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recovery and transuranic waste generator sites across the DOE complex.
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will consist of facilities at three seemingly disparate sites separated by great distances — Los Alamos, N.M., Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Hanford, Wash. — that played key roles in the creation of the atomic bomb during World War II.
EM held a communicators forum in Washington, D.C. last week in coordination with the National Cleanup Workshop. Public affairs representatives from across the DOE complex gathered to share their best strategies for public communications and transparent outreach on EM cleanup accomplishments. EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney engaged with the communicators in the forum.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Confirmed as EM’s Assistant Secretary in August, Dr. Monica Regalbuto provides the leadership necessary to continue EM’s safe cleanup of the environmental legacy of the Cold War and Manhattan Project.
PADUCAH, Ky. ‒ While EM’s Paducah Site is preparing its gaseous diffusion plant (GDP) facilities for future decontamination and decommissioning, optimization of the site’s utilities and other infrastructure to meet current and future needs will provide cost savings that can be invested back into the plant.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Surveillance and maintenance — a process to monitor and maintain safe conditions in facilities awaiting demolition — is not a subject that often grabs headlines. But it’s an important part of EM’s portfolio.