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August 31, 2016
Fluor-BWXT Site Project Director Dennis Carr, left, learns how to operate a FirstLook robot from Fluor-BWXT Nondestructive Assay Engineer Kevin Banks.
Robotics Challenge Aims to Enhance Worker Safety, Improve EM Cleanup - Other EM Events Set for September Focus on Safety, Technology Development

PIKETON, Ohio – EM and its Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) hosted the “EM Science of Safety: Robotics Challenge” Aug. 22-25 at the Portsmouth Site in cooperation with cleanup contractor Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP).

August 31, 2016
EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto, front row, third from left, gathers with EM headquarters and CBC employees during her visit to CBC.
EM Cleanup Chief Visits CBC to Talk Accomplishments with Employees

CINCINNATI – EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto emphasized her commitment to provide to the field sites the support and focus required to achieve cleanup success in a speech to employees at EM’s Consolidated Business Center (CBC) Aug. 25.

August 31, 2016
At Dounreay, left to right, Laurie Judd, Director, Technology and International Programs, Longenecker & Associates; Stacy Charboneau, Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations, EM; Mike Brown, Strategy and Implementation Manager, NDA; John Mathieson, Head of International Relations, NDA; Jack Craig, Manager, SRS; David Lowe, Deputy Managing Director, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.; and Benjamin Rivera, International Program Liaison, EM.
EM Leaders Continue United Kingdom Collaboration

Officials from EM headquarters and Savannah River Site (SRS) visited the United Kingdom’s Sellafield and Dounreay sites this summer to explore how the U.S. and U.K. can benefit from sharing expertise in nuclear waste cleanup to reduce costs, improve safety and increase efficiency.

August 31, 2016
The 235-F Risk Reduction “Dream Team” at SRS: (back row, from left)  Antonio Jenkins, Tim Smith, Pete Smith, Roy Jones, Michael Sims, Wayne Minton, Tony McCall, Ronnie Farmer, Debbie Coleman, Sylvester Palmer, (front row, from left) Franklin McKinnis, Jamellia Reid, Greg Hughes, Angela Steward, David Miller. Not pictured: Clem Campbell.
Hand-Picked ‘Dream Team’ Tackles Former Plutonium Facility

AIKEN, S.C. – When it came time to clean up a hazardous facility, EM’s management and operations contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) took a novel approach: assemble an elite, handpicked team of experienced professionals for the job.

August 31, 2016
Workers construct the vertical storage casks to contain the canisters of vitrified high-level radioactive waste.
EM’s West Valley Site is Halfway Complete Relocating High-Level Waste

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) has crossed the halfway mark in its work to relocate 278 canisters of vitrified high-level radioactive waste for eventual disposal offsite.

August 31, 2016
Hanford Site Workers Apply Fixative to Lock Down Facility’s Contamination

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM recently completed one of the final activities before the safe demolition of a major building at the Plutonium Finishing Plant complex.

August 31, 2016
Angled drilling at an injection well at the project site.
Deep-Angled Drilling Enables EM Chromium Project to Meet Goals

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM’s Los Alamos Field Office is working to stop a contaminant plume in a regional aquifer from migrating beyond Los Alamos National Laboratory’s boundary.

August 31, 2016
An auger grinds up waste, piping material and soil from a vertical pipe unit at the 618-10 Burial Ground.
EM Contractor ‘Finishes Strong’ at Hanford Site's 618-10 Burial Ground

RICHLAND, Wash. – Scott Sax had a simple goal for his company in the final months of the River Corridor Closure Project at the Hanford Site.

August 31, 2016
Thor Zollinger with Manta Robotics uses a rod to rotate the camera to perform the visual tank inspection with the HD camera.
DUF6 Conversion Project Uses Technology to Reduce Hazards

LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM has adopted a safer, more effective method for internal tank inspections at the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Plants at the Paducah, Kentucky and Portsmouth, Ohio sites.

August 31, 2016
Crews erect the ninth and final building over a portion of a 97-acre landfill that accepted Rocky Flats-generated hazardous and radioactive waste from 1954 until 1970. Once the structure is completed in 2017, crews will exhume the last targeted waste at the landfill required under a 2008 record of decision between DOE, the state of Idaho, and Environmental Protection Agency.
Construction Begins on Idaho Site’s Final Building for Waste Retrieval

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Construction is under way on the ninth and final building for crews to exhume buried Cold War weapons waste at the Idaho Site generated decades ago at the former Rocky Flats Plant near Denver.