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January 29, 2014
EM Finds Success with Fixed-Priced Hybrid Contract Approach Benefitting Taxpayers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM plans to complete more fixed-priced procurements in the future, and some may involve a new combination of contracting strategies proven successful at the Hanford site.

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
Former Assistant Secretary Shares Experiences Leading EM: ‘Highlight of My Profession’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an occasional EM Update series, we feature interviews with former EM Assistant Secretaries to reflect on their achievements and challenges in the world’s largest nuclear cleanup and to discuss endeavors in life after EM.

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
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.

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 gather behind a “Safety and Security begins with Me” banner at the Savannah River Site.
Savannah River Site Achieves Transuranic Waste Disposition Goal in 2013

AIKEN, S.C. – EM and the Savannah River Site (SRS) management and operations contractor worked efficiently, effectively and creatively in 2013 to complete the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) goal to prepare 5,000 cubic meters of legacy transuranic (TRU) waste for shipment and disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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
Unusually heavy rain in early September caused flash flooding in canyons surrounding Los Alamos.
Waste and Water Top 2013 Accomplishments for Los Alamos EM Program

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Los Alamos National Laboratory’s biggest environmental cleanup accomplishments during 2013 centered around waste and water.