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February 11, 2016
Matthew J. Parker has been named president-elect of the American Meteorological Society.
EM Laboratory Meteorologist to Lead American Meteorological Society

AIKEN, S.C. – In a first for DOE, a Department-affiliated meteorologist has been named president-elect of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

January 27, 2016
Demolition of PFP will occur in stages, as indicated in the shaded sections above. Demolition will start with the Plutonium Reclamation Facility (green), followed by 242-Z (red), the main processing building (blue), followed by the ventilation stack (orange).
EM Prepares to Demolish Most Hazardous Hanford Site Facility

RICHLAND, Wash. – One of EM’s most complex risk-reduction projects is expected to wrap up in coming months as crews demolish a Cold War relic at the Hanford Site: the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP).

January 27, 2016
Rimando shakes hand with a Robonaut 2 at Johnson Space Center. It was the first human-like robot NASA launched to space.
EM Invites Proposals for Robotics Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM and other federal government entities working to spur advances in robotics have issued a new call for research proposals in their campaign to develop co-robots that can work in cooperation with people.

January 27, 2016
When operating, one transformer could distribute enough power to provide electricity to approximately 6,300 average-sized homes.
Innovative Approach Reduces Costs of Removing Contaminated Oil from Paducah Site

PADUCAH, Ky. – For more than 60 years, 60 electrical distribution transformers supplied some of the power to enrich uranium at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP).

January 27, 2016
EM's Oak Ridge Office Contractor Scores High in Latest Award Fee Evaluation

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM gave URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) a score of nearly 96 percent, allowing the contractor to earn over $4.4 million of the available fee of more than $4.6 million for the period from April to September 2015. UCOR is responsible for cleaning up the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), formerly the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, as well as other select sites on DOE’s Oak Ridge Reservation under a contract valued at $2.4 billion.

January 27, 2016
WRPS workers do preparatory work at the A/AX tank farms at Hanford in April 2015. They are the next tank farms from which waste will be retrieved at Hanford. WRPS recently received an 88 percent award fee for its performance in fiscal year 2015.
Hanford Site Contractor Receives Overall ‘Very Good’ Rating for Tank Operations

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM recently gave its Office of River Protection (ORP) tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) an overall “very good” rating for fiscal year 2015, allowing the company at the Hanford Site to earn a $13,728,000 award fee.

January 27, 2016
Grand Challenge Semifinalist Study Yields Results for Hanford Plant's Ventilation System

RICHLAND, Wash. – Results of a recent EM Office of River Protection (ORP) effort to develop a test method and measure of the thermal properties of waste glasses show that the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant’s Low Activity Waste Facility is adequately designed to allow for the cooling of hot glass in the containers.

January 27, 2016
H Canyon Control Room operators Terry Usry and Audrey Davis start the first process operation in H Canyon, which purifies the uranium solution for eventual use as commercial nuclear reactor fuel.
DOE Rates EM’s Savannah River Site Contractor as ‘Very Good’ in Fee Determination Scorecard

AIKEN, S.C. – In its award fee determination scorecard for fiscal year 2015, DOE gave the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) management and operations contractor an overall “very good” rating, allowing the company to receive $37.8 million, or 82.7 percent of its total fee of $45.7 million.

January 27, 2016
Centerra protective force personnel conduct a vehicle inspection to prevent the introduction of prohibited items into a limited area at SRS. The canine team is trained to detect the presence of explosives and assists with vehicle and package inspections.
Centerra Earns High Performance Rating for Savannah River Site Security Operations

AIKEN, S.C. – The Savannah River Site (SRS) security contractor Centerra received high performance ratings from DOE in fiscal year 2015, earning $5,280,546 of the available $5,739,724 fee.

January 27, 2016
Pictured, front row, left to right, EERE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary David Freidman and EMCBC Manager Ralph Holland; back row, left to right, EERE Project Management Coordination Office (PMCO) Management Analyst Kara Peralta, Ted Donat, supervisor in PMCO, EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto, PMCO Director Scott Hine, and EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney.
EMCBC Honored for Helping Administer American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds

DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) honored the Cincinnati-based EM Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) this month for work EMCBC completed under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.