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October 5, 2015
EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Site Restoration Mark Gilbertson served as a member of a panel on the EM Technology Development Program.
Panel Views ‘Big Step Increase’ in Technology Development as Essential to Closing Cost Gap

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.

October 5, 2015
EM Acting Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Frank Marcinowski, far right, speaks at the workshop as a member of a panel on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant recovery. DOE Idaho Operations Office Deputy Manager Jack Zimmerman, left, and EM Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Waste Management Christine Gelles also served as panelists.
Panelists Update Workshop Participants on Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Recovery

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.

October 5, 2015
DOE Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance David Klaus discussed the Manhattan Project National Historical Park during the National Cleanup Workshop.
DOE Under Secretary Recognizes Residents who Helped Plan Manhattan Project Park

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.

October 5, 2015
EM Communicators Meet to Plan Public Outreach

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.

September 24, 2015
Dr. Monica Regalbuto talks with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz after she was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at DOE headquarters in August.
Dr. Monica Regalbuto Lays Out Vision for Tenure as EM’s New Assistant Secretary

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.

September 24, 2015
3D Scanner to Help Boost Worker Safety in Hanford Tank Farms

RICHLAND, Wash. – A laser scanner is being tested in the Hanford tank farms as a mapping tool to help conduct virtual walk-downs.

September 24, 2015
The inset photo shows Hanford's D and DR Reactor area during operations in the 1950s, and the larger photo shows how the site looked during final backfill activities earlier this year after a chromium contamination cleanup project.
EM's Richland Operations Office Completes Chromium Cleanup along Columbia River

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and cleanup contractor Washington Closure Hanford have completed cleanup of chromium-contaminated soil along the Columbia River at the Hanford Site.

September 24, 2015
The expanded portion of the 200 West Pump and Treat Facility is shown here. Pumps, filters and piping surround a large, white inlet tank in the background.
Hanford’s Groundwater Treatment System Expands Already Impressive Capabilities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Construction was completed earlier this month on an expansion of Hanford’s 200 West Pump and Treat Facility to remove uranium from groundwater.

September 24, 2015
Electricians prepare to attach a new power cable to a transformer located inside the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
Reconfiguration of Paducah Site’s Electrical Distribution Provides Efficiency and Savings

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.

September 24, 2015
Federal and contractor employees who worked on the project to remove irradiated components from a reactor pool gather to watch the transport of the shipment offsite for disposition.
EM Removes Radioactive Components from Former Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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.