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August 31, 2016
An auger grinds up waste, piping material and soil from a vertical pipe unit at the 618-10 Burial Ground.
EM Contractor ‘Finishes Strong’ at Hanford Site's 618-10 Burial Ground

RICHLAND, Wash. – Scott Sax had a simple goal for his company in the final months of the River Corridor Closure Project at the Hanford Site.

August 31, 2016
Thor Zollinger with Manta Robotics uses a rod to rotate the camera to perform the visual tank inspection with the HD camera.
DUF6 Conversion Project Uses Technology to Reduce Hazards

LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM has adopted a safer, more effective method for internal tank inspections at the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Plants at the Paducah, Kentucky and Portsmouth, Ohio sites.

August 31, 2016
Crews erect the ninth and final building over a portion of a 97-acre landfill that accepted Rocky Flats-generated hazardous and radioactive waste from 1954 until 1970. Once the structure is completed in 2017, crews will exhume the last targeted waste at the landfill required under a 2008 record of decision between DOE, the state of Idaho, and Environmental Protection Agency.
Construction Begins on Idaho Site’s Final Building for Waste Retrieval

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Construction is under way on the ninth and final building for crews to exhume buried Cold War weapons waste at the Idaho Site generated decades ago at the former Rocky Flats Plant near Denver.

August 31, 2016
H Canyon Senior Control Room Operators Deborah Thomas (top) and Audrey Davis prepare for the startup of the First Cycle unit operations, marking the first time this operation has ran in more than five years.
H Canyon Moves Closer to Low Enriched Uranium Blend Down

AIKEN, S.C. – The Savannah River Site’s (SRS) H Canyon has moved closer to restarting low enriched uranium (LEU) blend down by turning on the First Cycle unit operation for the first time in more than five years.

August 31, 2016
RAD CON Team is Highly Trained to Clean EM’s West Valley Site

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) RAD CON Team — 25 highly trained radiological control workers — is preparing contaminated facilities and equipment for demolition in 2017 and placing canisters of high-level waste (HLW) into safe, interim storage until they can be disposed in an approved facility.

August 15, 2016
The Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at EM's Idaho Site.
Testing at Colorado Research Facility to Benefit Idaho Waste Treatment Facility

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Fluor Idaho, the new cleanup contractor at EM’s Idaho Site, is using a Colorado technology research and development facility to help resolve complex challenges related to the initiation of liquid waste treatment operations at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU).

August 15, 2016
Chris Deschene, director of DOE’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, top left, and U.S. Bureau of Indian Education Superintendent Casey Sovo, top right, work on a STEM activity created by the Science of Sport using basketball to demonstrate statistics to students.
EM Helps Create STEM Playbook for Native American Youth

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – EM is helping create a new nationwide initiative to engage Native American youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

August 15, 2016
EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto, right, views the mobile device EM Idaho Site Facility Representative Nicholas Balsmeier, center, has been testing since February. With this tool, Balsmeier can easily access procedures and DOE orders and record notes that can be sent directly to EM and contractor personnel.
EM’s Idaho Site Pilot Study of Device Leads to its Launch Complex-Wide

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM’s Idaho Site employees are being commended for leadership and initiative in exploring the use of a new mobile computing device that is now in the hands of about 100 employees across the cleanup complex.

August 15, 2016
Kurt McCracken, sludge treatment project engineer, prepares to test the equipment and tools to remove the basin’s sludge.
Testing of Radioactive Sludge System Proves Successful

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M) are in the final phases of preparing to remove highly radioactive sludge from the 100-K West Basin on the Hanford Site.

August 15, 2016
Hanford Firefighters Battle Wildland Blaze

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford firefighters and workers at the Hanford Site helped fight a wildland fire earlier this month that started at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Wash., approximately 40 miles west of the Hanford Site.