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August 31, 2016
H Canyon Senior Control Room Operators Deborah Thomas (top) and Audrey Davis prepare for the startup of the First Cycle unit operations, marking the first time this operation has ran in more than five years.
H Canyon Moves Closer to Low Enriched Uranium Blend Down

AIKEN, S.C. – The Savannah River Site’s (SRS) H Canyon has moved closer to restarting low enriched uranium (LEU) blend down by turning on the First Cycle unit operation for the first time in more than five years.

August 31, 2016
RAD CON Team is Highly Trained to Clean EM’s West Valley Site

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – EM’s West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) RAD CON Team — 25 highly trained radiological control workers — is preparing contaminated facilities and equipment for demolition in 2017 and placing canisters of high-level waste (HLW) into safe, interim storage until they can be disposed in an approved facility.

August 15, 2016
The Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at EM's Idaho Site.
Testing at Colorado Research Facility to Benefit Idaho Waste Treatment Facility

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Fluor Idaho, the new cleanup contractor at EM’s Idaho Site, is using a Colorado technology research and development facility to help resolve complex challenges related to the initiation of liquid waste treatment operations at the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU).

August 15, 2016
Chris Deschene, director of DOE’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, top left, and U.S. Bureau of Indian Education Superintendent Casey Sovo, top right, work on a STEM activity created by the Science of Sport using basketball to demonstrate statistics to students.
EM Helps Create STEM Playbook for Native American Youth

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – EM is helping create a new nationwide initiative to engage Native American youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

August 15, 2016
EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto, right, views the mobile device EM Idaho Site Facility Representative Nicholas Balsmeier, center, has been testing since February. With this tool, Balsmeier can easily access procedures and DOE orders and record notes that can be sent directly to EM and contractor personnel.
EM’s Idaho Site Pilot Study of Device Leads to its Launch Complex-Wide

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM’s Idaho Site employees are being commended for leadership and initiative in exploring the use of a new mobile computing device that is now in the hands of about 100 employees across the cleanup complex.

August 15, 2016
Kurt McCracken, sludge treatment project engineer, prepares to test the equipment and tools to remove the basin’s sludge.
Testing of Radioactive Sludge System Proves Successful

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M) are in the final phases of preparing to remove highly radioactive sludge from the 100-K West Basin on the Hanford Site.

August 15, 2016
Hanford Firefighters Battle Wildland Blaze

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford firefighters and workers at the Hanford Site helped fight a wildland fire earlier this month that started at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Wash., approximately 40 miles west of the Hanford Site.

August 15, 2016
The Grand Challenge, which has grown in scale since its creation four years ago, has been recognized as one of DOE’s best practices for leadership and organizational transformation.
Grand Challenge Kicks Off with 34 Entries to Improve ORP Mission

RICHLAND, Wash. – The 2016 EM Office of River Protection (ORP) Grand Challenge submissions are in, with 34 entries ranging in subject from methods to treat waste in Hanford’s western tank farms to software for waste processing.

August 15, 2016
Left to right, ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson; Knox Heritage Executive Director Kim Trent; OREM Manager Sue Cange; and ACHP Expert Member Robert Stanton with the Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation.
Council Honors Oak Ridge’s EM Program with Prestigious Historic Preservation Award

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) was honored as a recipient of the prestigious Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation at a recent ceremony in Washington D.C.’s National Building Museum.

August 15, 2016
The 516-T, nicknamed the “spider,” included multiple conveyor belts carrying soil through a series of screens to sift bullet debris from the soil of the former outdoor firing range on the EM reservation.
EM ‘Gets the Lead Out’ Removing Portsmouth Site Outdoor Firing Range

PIKETON, Ohio – Workers removed an unusual facility to make way for a new disposal site as part of decontamination and decommissioning of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in southern Ohio.