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October 31, 2016
University at Buffalo Professor Andrew Whittaker presents his recent research on seismic isolation of nuclear facilities at the Natural Phenomena Hazards Meeting and Training Session technical meeting.
EM Draws Natural Phenomena Experts to Unique Biennial Meeting

GERMANTOWN, Md. – There’s only one place to go to discuss natural phenomena hazards and their impact on nuclear facilities with experts from the federal government, national laboratories, academia, regulatory entities and private sector.

October 31, 2016
DOE and Mound Site personnel view an emulsified oil injection, part of SRNL's enhanced attenuation groundwater treatment approach at Mound.
Innovative Approach Cuts Cleanup Time in Half, Potentially Saving $6 Million

MIAMISBURG, Ohio – A novel approach to groundwater cleanup by EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is expected to cut the timeline in half for treating a contaminated plume at the Mound Site and could save more than $6 million over the project life.

October 31, 2016
MSA wildlife biologists release the rehabilitated owl to the wild on the Hanford Site.
Hanford Site Wildlife Biologists Release Rehabilitated Owl

RICHLAND, Wash. – Wildlife biologists at the Hanford Site released a rehabilitated barn owl back into the wild this month after employees found the bird on the ground in apparent distress in late September.

October 17, 2016
EM Update recently spoke with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney to look back over his tenure in the DOE cleanup program as he prepares to leave the Department after more than 10 years for a new position in the private sector.
EM’s Mark Whitney Reflects on DOE Tenure

EM Update recently spoke with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney to look back over his tenure in the DOE cleanup program as he prepares to leave the Department after more than 10 years for a new position in the private sector.

October 17, 2016
Demolition will progress from the Plutonium Reclamation Facility (green) to the Americium Recovery Room (red) during the remainder of 2016. Demolition of the main processing facility (blue) and the fan house and ventilation stack (orange) will begin in spring 2017.
Twenty Years of Preparations to Culminate in Plutonium Finishing Plant Demolition

RICHLAND, Wash. – Demolition of the Hanford Site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) is scheduled to begin within weeks, capping years of challenging preparatory work.

October 17, 2016
Workers verify deactivation progress in the vitrification cell.
West Valley Site Prepares for Vitrification Facility Demolition in 2017

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project has completed 95 percent of deactivation activities at the Vitrification Facility, preparing for its scheduled demolition in spring 2017, several months ahead of schedule.

October 17, 2016
Mark Edgren, ORP chief of staff, left, presents Larry Shaffer and Clinton Summers with a plaque announcing their Grand Challenge-winning proposal. The two were part of a four-person team whose proposal aims to destroy organic bearing compounds and remove mercury by installing special skid-mounted treatment units to the vent pipes of Hanford tanks.
Proposal to Control Tank Vapors Wins ORP’s Grand Challenge

RICHLAND, Wash. – A proposal to destroy organic bearing compounds and remove mercury by installing special skid-mounted treatment units to the vent pipes of tanks in Hanford’s tank farms was recently named the winner of the 2016 Grand Challenge.

October 17, 2016
NNSS Scientist Jenny Chapman (foreground) discusses groundwater characterization at Frenchman Flat with a resident of Amargosa Valley, Nev. at the 2016 NNSS Groundwater Open House.
EM Marks Groundwater Characterization Milestone at Nevada Site

LAS VEGAS – EM recently achieved a groundwater characterization milestone at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) when the State of Nevada Division of Environmental Protection approved transitioning a groundwater investigation area to long-term monitoring.

October 17, 2016
DOE Representatives Mark 60 Years of IAEA General Conference

EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto (front row, second from right), at a recent U.S.-hosted reception at the Palais Ferstel in Vienna celebrating the 60th anniversary of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) General Conference.

October 17, 2016
Operators drill wells during the first phase of the project to further optimize groundwater treatment.
Paducah Site Improves Groundwater Treatment

PADUCAH, Ky. – Nine new monitoring wells have been installed in the northeast section of EM’s Paducah Site, representing the first phase of a project to enhance groundwater treatment.