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January 28, 2015
An employee at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant uses a portable band saw to cut the last ventilation duct attached to glove boxes inside the facility’s former processing area.
Workers Remove Glove Boxes from Ventilation at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant

An employee at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant uses a portable band saw to cut the last ventilation duct attached to glove boxes inside the facility’s former processing area.

January 28, 2015
A view of the hillside above the project rail bench where the rockslide originated.
Moab Resumes Rail Shipments After Rockslide

MOAB, Utah – EM’s Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project recently resumed rail shipments after an almost two-month halt due to a major rockslide.

January 28, 2015
DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, first row, third from right, gathers with Tribal leaders at the summit in Phoenix last month.
Secretary Moniz Meets with Tribal Leaders

PHOENIX – DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz gathered with Tribal leaders from around the country last month for a summit that focused on energy, the environment, and national security topics important to the Tribes.

January 28, 2015
Left to right, CBFO’s Susan McCauslin and Norma Castaneda and NWP’s Bill Weston led workshops as part of the Expanding Your Horizons conference in Carlsbad. Ashley Urquidez, an NWP engineer who also participated, is not pictured.
Employees Inspire Others as STEM Role Models

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Four employees at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) participated in a conference created to inspire girls to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

December 23, 2014
Switchyards at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant will be optimized to meet future needs at the plant as part of EM’s deactivation activities.
Deactivation Project Commences While Cleanup Continues at Paducah Site

PADUCAH, Ky. – As EM took control of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) facilities from its commercial lease in 2014, the PGDP Deactivation Project began under EM’s recently selected prime contractor.

December 23, 2014
A student explains an EM-supported applied research project to Mark Gilbertson, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Site Restoration, left, at a Historically Black Colleges and Universities workshop held at Savannah River National Laboratory in April 2014.
EM Taps Talent of Minority Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON D.C. – EM recognizes that a well-trained, technically skilled, and diverse workforce is required to complete its legacy environmental cleanup mission successfully.

December 23, 2014
Since its construction in the mid-1970s, the 242-A Evaporator has removed nearly 68 million gallons of water from tank waste, which reduces the volume stored in the double-shell tanks to make room for waste retrieval from single-shell tanks.
Office of River Protection Looks Back on 2014 Achievements, Including Tank Retrieval Progress

RICHLAND, Wash. – In 2014, EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) marked several accomplishments at the Hanford site, including continuing efforts to resolve remaining technical issues with the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP); restarting operations of the 242-A Evaporator; establishing waste acceptance limits for WTP; and continuing progress in waste tank retrievals.

December 23, 2014
Workers lower a compressor from Portsmouth’s X-326 process building, where it will be staged and prepared for shipping.
EM Delivers in Deactivation, Regulatory Milestones, Shipping Progress at Portsmouth Site

PIKETON, Ohio – EM’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) made significant strides in the Portsmouth site’s decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project in 2014, including deactivation progress in one of the plant’s three main uranium enrichment process buildings, the issuance of two proposed plans for the two Records of Decision (RODs) that will drive D&D work, and a rigorous shipping campaign.

December 23, 2014
Los Alamos National Laboratory’s chromium remediation project is located in a canyon adjacent to pueblo lands.
Groundwater, Legacy Soil Cleanup and Flood Recovery Top Lab’s Accomplishments

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Top 2014 accomplishments of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s EM-supported Environmental Programs included remediation of chromium in groundwater, completion of a legacy contaminant soil cleanup project, and rapid recovery from a 1,000-year rain event that caused widespread flooding.

December 23, 2014
Workers demolish support buildings surrounding the Plutonium Finishing Plant to create a cleared area for heavy equipment to demolish the plant’s main processing buildings.
Removal of 1,082-Ton Reactor Among Richland Operations Office’s 2014 Accomplishments

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers with EM’s Richland Operations Office and its contractors made progress this year in several areas of Hanford site cleanup that helped protect employees, the public, environment, and Columbia River.