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January 29, 2014
A team from the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management observes equipment that will be used to retrieve highly radioactive sludge at the Hanford site. This pump was modified to fit the underwater environment where the sludge is stored.
Hanford Site Shares Lessons Learned in Retrieving Highly Radioactive Material

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (Richland) and its contractor, CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL), welcomed staff from the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Transuranic (TRU) waste processing team in Tennessee to the Hanford site recently to share lessons learned in the retrieval and processing of highly radioactive material, called sludge.

January 29, 2014
Sabrina Elam (left) and Lorri Wright, who work in procurement for SRNS, review the savings the company achieved.
Savannah River Site Saves $10 Million with Innovative Commercial Procurement Practices

AIKEN, S.C. – The management and operations contractor for the EM program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) created more than $10 million in cost savings in fiscal year 2013 by adopting successful purchasing practices used by America’s top companies.

January 29, 2014
EM’s Laboratory Supports Testing Wireless Technology in Secure Environment

AIKEN, S.C. – Wireless networks have become commonplace in homes, restaurants and retail environments. But up to now, they have not been suitable for secure environments.

January 29, 2014
SRR President and Project Manager Ken Rueter (left), SRR Director of Environmental, Safety, Health and Quality and Contractor Assurance Patricia Allen and SRR VPP Chair Donletta Watts (right) accept DOE’s VPP Star of Excellence award.
Star of Excellence for Safety Performance

AIKEN, S.C. – EM liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation (SRR) recently received the DOE Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star of Excellence award for its commitment to ensure the safety of employees.

December 24, 2013
EM’s December Newsletter Recaps Cold War Cleanup Accomplishments in 2013

On Dec. 19, EM completed demolition of the 4.8 million-square-foot Building K-25 at Oak Ridge, a milestone that capped a busy and successful 2013 for the Cold War cleanup program.

December 24, 2013
The Akuna customized model setup user environment contains NASA World Wind and LaGrit/Gridder in its toolset user interface. The High Performance Computing environment allows the user to do Single Run, Sensitivity Analysis, Parameter Estimation and Uncertainty Qualification.
ASCEM Project Achieves Major Milestone with Initial User Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management (ASCEM) Project has reached a major milestone at record pace with the release of the research and development branch of the ASCEM toolset.

December 24, 2013
Workers treat sludge-bearing, transuranic waste from the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project.
EM Makes Significant Progress on Dispositioning Transuranic Waste at Idaho Site

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM and contractor CH2M-WG, IDAHO, LLC (CWI) made significant progress in 2013 dispositioning transuranic (TRU) waste and helping ship it out of Idaho.

December 24, 2013
Pictured are donations the Office of Human Capital at EM headquarters provided to the campaign.
Demand for Food for People in Need Remains High Throughout the Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM and its field sites donated 53,630 pounds — or 27 tons — of non-perishable items to a food drive by federal workers to help feed families across the country in 2013.

December 24, 2013
Idaho’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project Details 2013 Accomplishments

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM and its contractor, Idaho Treatment Group (ITG), safely and compliantly met all of their production and shipping targets in the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the Idaho site in 2013.

December 24, 2013
Since WIPP became operational in March 1999, it has surpassed receiving 11,000 shipments, which traveled over 14 million safe loaded miles over the nation’s highways through WIPP’s transportation program — equal to about 29 trips around the moon. WIPP has permanently disposed of more than 89,000 cubic meters of TRU waste — enough to fill more than 35 Olympic-size swimming pools. In 2013, WIPP is on course in support of the Los Alamos National Laboratory framework agreement with the State of New Mexico for complete removal of the above ground TRU waste stored at Area G by June 30, 2014. WIPP has cleaned 22 sites of legacy TRU waste.
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, National Transuranic Program Have Banner Year in 2013

CARLSBAD, N.M. – EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), America’s only operating deep geologic repository for the permanent disposal of defense-related transuranic (TRU) waste, and the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) National TRU Program continued to be in the global spotlight with significant accomplishments throughout 2013.