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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.

December 23, 2014
Scott Sax, president of Washington Closure Hanford, center, describes deactivation and decommissioning activities at the 618-10 Burial Ground to CNL decommissioning specialists.
EM Hosts Successful Visit from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of D&D and Facility Engineering (D&D/FE) hosted decommissioning professionals from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) — Canada's premier nuclear technology and engineering organization — for two days at EM’s Hanford site in November this year. CNL was formerly known as Atomic Energy Canada Ltd.

December 23, 2014
A truck carrying the last two solidified liners from the SPRU Disposition Project sludge campaign leaves the site in late February.
SPRU Removes High-Risk Radioactive Waste

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – EM’s Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) Disposition Project completed a significant waste-treatment campaign in February that involved the solidification of approximately 9,700 gallons of contaminated sludge and 14 shipments of the waste off-site for permanent disposal.

December 23, 2014
Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project employees close a waste shipment container.
EM Highlights Idaho Site's 2014 Accomplishments

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The EM program at the Idaho site and its cleanup contractors ended 2014 with many accomplishments.

December 23, 2014
An NNSS firefighter gives Nye County residents a briefing at the Mercury Fire Station on the NNSS.
Nevada Site Celebrates 2014, Makes Way for 2015

LAS VEGAS – It was a busy and successful 2014 for EM teams engaged in the cleanup of Cold War sites at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and Nevada Test and Training Range.

December 23, 2014
EM’s Cost Estimating & Analysis Division includes, from left, Lori Erbele, Michael Mills, Russ Donaldson, Allen Moe, Steve Olszewski, Kevin Barry, and Terry Brennan.
EM’s Cost Estimating Program Highlights 2014 Accomplishments

CINCINNATI – EM’s ability to negotiate government contracts with the best value for taxpayers is supported by the challenging work of employees who first determine the fair value of services under these contracts.

December 23, 2014
A waste disposition operator applies spray foam to a waste box to stabilize the contents and fill void space before the container is shipped off site for disposal.
West Valley Accomplishments: Year in Review

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM and its contractor at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) made significant progress in decommissioning the former nuclear fuel reprocessing center this year, with a focus on preparing for high-level waste (HLW) relocation, deactivation and demolition of site facilities and shipment of waste for off-site disposal.

November 26, 2014
From left, NWP President and Project Manager Bob McQuinn, CBFO Manager Joe Franco, and CBFO organizers Margaret Gee, Martin Navarrete, and Dennis Miehls, hold up some of the donated coats that will be provided to Carlsbad area schools. CBFO organizers not pictured are Andrea Cooper, Kristi Squires, and Russ Patterson. NWP organizers not pictured are Bertha Cassingham, Dana Dorr, Yolanda Salmon, and Yolanda Navarrete.
CBFO and WIPP Volunteerism Makes a Big Difference This Winter for Little Ones

CARLSBAD, N.M. – November’s winter chill started early in New Mexico. However, children in the Carlsbad, New Mexico area should be able to keep warm while outdoors thanks in part to the actions of the EM Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) team of employees.

November 26, 2014
Workers reached a record-breaking depth of 1,100 feet with a sonic drill rig.
Los Alamos Drills to Record-breaking Depths

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – The EM-supported Environmental Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory is pushing the limits of drilling technology with the use of a sonic drill rig to drill coreholes more than 1,100 feet deep in support of a chromium remediation project.