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September 30, 2014
LaChelle Telfair, LATA Kentucky Nuclear Material Control and Accounting representative, takes notes inside a storage facility that contains cold traps removed from the C-410 Feed Plant.
Cleanup Contractor Achieves ‘Elite’ Nuclear Material Accountability Status

PADUCAH, Ky. – EM’s cleanup contractor at the Paducah site has received national acclaim for timeliness of reporting and promptness in reconciling nuclear material inventories.

September 30, 2014
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, center, recently honored EM employee Robert (Dennis) Yates from the Savannah River Operations Office, right, as DOE’s Facility Representative of the Year for 2013. Also pictured is Yates’ wife, Deanna, who works in the Office of Human Capital Management at the Savannah River Operations Office.
Energy Secretary Honors EM Employee for Outstanding Safety Oversight

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, center, recently honored EM employee Robert (Dennis) Yates from the Savannah River Operations Office, right, as DOE’s Facility Representative of the Year for 2013.

September 30, 2014
Bryan Harting, nuclear chemical operator for CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, was part of the crew that made the first entry to begin final cleanup of the McCluskey Room at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant this month.
Crews Make First Entry into McCluskey Room for Final Cleanup at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers are cleaning up one of the most hazardous rooms at the Hanford site: the “McCluskey Room,” named after a worker who was injured there in a Cold War accident.

September 30, 2014
Employees of CH2M HILL Babcock & Wilcox and its subcontractors are shown during West Valley Demonstration Project’s Safety Week celebration.
Workers at EM’s West Valley Site Surpass 1 Million Hours without Lost-Time Accident

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM’s cleanup contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently marked 1 million work hours without a lost-time accident or illness.

September 30, 2014
The 242-A Evaporator facility.
Hanford Begins New Campaign to Remove Excess Water from Double-Shell Tanks

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection has begun operating its evaporator facility to remove about 800,000 gallons of excess water from Hanford’s double-shell tanks of high-level radioactive and chemical waste.

September 30, 2014
Field technicians survey a shaker used in past cleanup operations.
EM Tackles Cleanup at Tonopah Test Range

NEVADA – Environmental cleanup experts spent the last weeks of summer on the Tonopah Test Range addressing contaminated equipment and debris at two historical nuclear testing locations.

September 30, 2014
From left to right, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fuel Cycle Technologies John Herczeg, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto, and UK National Nuclear Laboratory Managing Director Paul Howarth sign a Statement of Intent amendment at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.
UK Nuclear Cleanup and Research Experts Visit DOE to Expand Collaboration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Kingdom’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) met with senior members of EM and DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) recently to amend a landmark Statement of Intent to include the NNL in collaborations on radioactive waste and nuclear materials cleanup and management.

September 30, 2014
Discussions on safety issues are incorporated into simulated work at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Plant, including when workers learn procedures in mockup situations, such as a practice session on solidifying used hydraulic oil, pictured here.
AMWTP Receives Award of Excellence for Safety

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the Idaho site was recently presented with the Department’s Voluntary Protection Program’s (VPP) Star of Excellence award.

September 30, 2014
EM SSAB Chairs, Vice Chairs, and staff attend the September 2014 Chairs' meeting in Idaho Falls.
EM Citizens Advisory Board Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Meets in Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB) held its Chairs Meeting here, and it coincided with the board’s 20-year anniversary.

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.