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March 16, 2016
Christine Gelles leaves EM this month for a position in the private sector.
Longtime EM Exec Christine Gelles Departing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Christine Gelles, an EM executive whose work contributed to a range of waste management accomplishments over more than 20 years at DOE, departs this month for a position in the private sector. Gelles will become corporate vice president and chief strategy officer at the energy and environmental consulting firm Longenecker and Associates.

March 16, 2016
Workers connect the power supply and instrumentation in AP-02A.
Hanford Tank Farm Workers Begin Tank Waste Retrieval Ahead of Schedule

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) and tank farms contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) began retrieving waste from underground double-shell tank AY-102 this month, ahead of schedule, meeting requirements of a settlement agreement with the State of Washington.

March 16, 2016
Workers excavate for the Effluent Management Facility site at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant.
Hanford Makes Progress Toward Vitrifying Waste with Facility’s Groundbreaking

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection’s (ORP) Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) program is moving forward after a mid-December groundbreaking of the Effluent Management Facility (EMF) site at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP), and completion of its 30-percent design.

March 16, 2016
The U.K. NDA delegation visited Savannah River Site’s Defense Waste Processing Facility earlier this year. From left to right: John Owens, Savannah River Remediation (SRR); Benjamin Rivera, EM Headquarters International Programs; George Matis, SRR; John Clarke, NDA; Jack Craig, DOE Savannah River Site; Pete Lutwyche, NDA Sellafield; and Laurie Judd, Longenecker & Associates.
Statement of Intent Spurs Collaboration for EM, UK Nuclear Organizations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Several nuclear related entities from the United Kingdom have become a familiar presence at EM’s headquarters and field offices in recent months, thanks to a growing partnership that promotes information sharing.

March 16, 2016
Hix, right, discusses a work assignment with a team member.
Hanford Employee Returns to Finish Glovebox Cleanup as Team Lead

RICHLAND, Wash. – For Gary Hix, a recent accomplishment at the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) ended a long career chapter at the Hanford Site facility.

March 16, 2016
Overpacked drums are shown before entering AMWTP’s new conveyor system. The conveyor system allows for batch processing of the retrieved, overpacked drums.
Idaho Site’s New Conveyor System Improves Waste Processing Safety, Efficiency

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – When industrialist Henry Ford invented the production line, he likely didn’t think it’d be used to process retrieved transuranic waste.

March 16, 2016
Christine Wipfli heads to Vienna for an IAEA internship.
IAEA Awards DOE Fellow Internship

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A DOE Fellow who cut her teeth conducting research for EM into soil and groundwater remediation at the Savannah River Site (SRS) has been awarded a prestigious internship at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

March 16, 2016
De Rienzo prepares to work on a helicopter while serving in the U.S. Air Force.
U.S. Veteran Working at Savannah River Site Embraces Transition

AIKEN, S.C. – Francesca De Rienzo wanted to earn money for college and travel the world after high school.

March 16, 2016
Portsmouth Site Director Dr. Vince Adams (left) presents U.S. Army Major Ryan Watson with a framed photo of the Portsmouth Decontamination and Decommissioning Project. In the foreground from left are EM Federal Project Director Jud Lilly, Adams, Watson, and Fluor-BWXT Site Project Director Dennis Carr.
U.S. Army Battalion Tours Portsmouth Site

PIKETON, Ohio – EM recently welcomed 32 members of the U.S. Army 412th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne – Tactical) to tour the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.

February 25, 2016
The Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at DOE's Idaho Site.
‘Chemistry Summit’ Aids Idaho Waste Treatment Facility Startup

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – DOE recently convened a “Chemistry Summit” of scientific experts to aid its efforts to safely and effectively start up the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU).