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August 28, 2014
The former administration building known as building 270-Z is one of eight support buildings of the Plutonium Finishing Plant recently removed or demolished.
Workers Create Demolition Zone at Hanford Site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – In recent weeks, the look of Hanford site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant has changed as crews removed or demolished eight buildings surrounding it.

August 28, 2014
From left, Dr. Terry Michalske, director of EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory and executive vice president of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Savannah River Waste Disposition Operations Director Phillip Giles, and Savannah River Operations Office Manager David Moody are pictured walking at H Tank Farm.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Talks with SRS Workforce, Meets with Stakeholders

AIKEN, S.C. – Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently visited the Savannah River Site (SRS), where he toured facilities, spoke with the site’s workforce, and met with stakeholders from surrounding communities in South Carolina and Georgia.

August 28, 2014
The underground demolition occurred at the final reactor cleanup site in Hanford’s 300 Area, a former industrial complex along the west bank of the Columbia River.
EM Takes Safe, Unique Approach to Underground Demolition at Hanford Site, Saves Money

RICHLAND, Wash. – Some people in the community heard an explosion the morning of Aug. 16 that heralded another significant step in environmental cleanup at EM’s Hanford site.

August 28, 2014
A process vessel ventilation system is being installed in a facility that houses two tanks that will process decontaminated salt solution at the Saltstone Production Facility.
Ventilation System to Improve Savannah River Site's Liquid Waste Operations

AIKEN, S.C. – The EM program and its liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site are improving salt waste disposition work and preparing for eventual operations of the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) currently being constructed.

July 29, 2014
 Crews conducted the geophysics study using a machine called the Super Sting to measure the resistivity of the complex underlying geologic strata.
Removing High Explosives from Groundwater

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – In an initiative supported by EM, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program is addressing high explosive contamination in surface water and groundwater at a location this summer in the forests surrounding the laboratory.

July 29, 2014
Sampling locations are on steep, heavily vegetated terrain requiring subcontractor TerranearPMC crews to take hand-augured samples rather than using a drill rig.
Los Alamos National Laboratory Investigates Fenton Hill to Support Future Land Use

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Supporting future land use for the U.S. Forest Service, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program (CAP) completed sampling soil at Fenton Hill in the Jemez Mountains this month.

July 29, 2014
A container holding plutonium-bearing materials is placed inside an outer container. A number of these containers at SRS go through examinations each year to look for signs of degradation.
SRS Completes Annual Examinations to Verify Safe Storage of Nuclear Materials

AIKEN, S.C. – The EM program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) recently completed an annual process in K Area that validates the site’s ongoing commitment to maintaining the safety and security of nuclear materials stored there.

July 29, 2014
Workers “seal out” a pencil tank that had been cut into smaller segments and prepare it for shipment.
Hanford Site Workers Meet Challenging Performance Goal at Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – Safely and methodically, piece by piece, workers at the Hanford site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant are surpassing goals for removing hazardous tanks once used in the plutonium production process.

July 29, 2014
Trainers help a Plutonium Finishing Plant employee dress in the protective suit.
Workers Prepare to Safely Enter One of Hanford Site’s Most Hazardous Rooms

RICHLAND, Wash. – When workers enter the hazardous, historic McCluskey Room at the Hanford site this summer, they will be safer due to their preparation and involvement in planning and training for the job.

July 29, 2014
Dan Melamed is a program analyst for EM.
Professional Association Honors EM Employee with Technical Excellence Award

An association with expertise in project cost and schedule management honored an EM employee with its Technical Excellence Award.