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July 29, 2014
Trainers help a Plutonium Finishing Plant employee dress in the protective suit.
Workers Prepare to Safely Enter One of Hanford Site’s Most Hazardous Rooms

RICHLAND, Wash. – When workers enter the hazardous, historic McCluskey Room at the Hanford site this summer, they will be safer due to their preparation and involvement in planning and training for the job.

July 29, 2014
Dan Melamed is a program analyst for EM.
Professional Association Honors EM Employee with Technical Excellence Award

An association with expertise in project cost and schedule management honored an EM employee with its Technical Excellence Award.

July 29, 2014
EM’s Office of D&D and Facility Engineering is preparing a five-year strategic plan to include key areas such as robotic and remote system development. EM has employed robots such as Tizzy, shown here, which removed high-level solid radioactive material from underground waste tanks. Photographers and other admirers watch as Tizzy readies for a mission of nuclear waste removal at the Savannah River Site.
Five-Year Technology Development Strategic Plan Targets EM’s Decommissioning Challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leaders from EM headquarters and field offices and the UK’s Sellafield nuclear site gathered recently to discuss developing technologies needed to address decommissioning challenges across the Cold War cleanup program.

July 29, 2014
 Crews conducted the geophysics study using a machine called the Super Sting to measure the resistivity of the complex underlying geologic strata.
Removing High Explosives from Groundwater

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – In an initiative supported by EM, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program is addressing high explosive contamination in surface water and groundwater at a location this summer in the forests surrounding the laboratory.

July 29, 2014
Sampling locations are on steep, heavily vegetated terrain requiring subcontractor TerranearPMC crews to take hand-augured samples rather than using a drill rig.
Los Alamos National Laboratory Investigates Fenton Hill to Support Future Land Use

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Supporting future land use for the U.S. Forest Service, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program (CAP) completed sampling soil at Fenton Hill in the Jemez Mountains this month.

July 29, 2014
A container holding plutonium-bearing materials is placed inside an outer container. A number of these containers at SRS go through examinations each year to look for signs of degradation.
SRS Completes Annual Examinations to Verify Safe Storage of Nuclear Materials

AIKEN, S.C. – The EM program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) recently completed an annual process in K Area that validates the site’s ongoing commitment to maintaining the safety and security of nuclear materials stored there.

June 30, 2014
Wade Sumner, Dax's last handler at SRS, says goodbye to Dax as the dog rejoins his former handler, federal Special Agent Patrick Price.
Dog Earns Retirement with Former Handler

AIKEN, S.C. – Dax, a male German shepherd in the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) security canine unit, recently earned retirement by joining the family of one of his former trainers.

June 30, 2014
Soil and Groundwater Remediation Project Pipefitter John Reynolds explains some of the modifications he helped make at the 200 West Pump and Treat System that increased its water treatment capability.
Employee-Driven Initiative Increases Treatment Capacity, Reduces Clean Water Demands

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers with CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL), a cleanup contractor supporting EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL), continue to enhance and expand capabilities of a facility that treats legacy contamination at the Hanford site.

June 30, 2014
SRNL Investigator Dr. James Marra
EM Laboratory Researcher James Marra Recognized for Leadership

AIKEN, S.C. – Dr. James Marra, an investigator with EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), was named the 2014 recipient of the D.T. Rankin Award for exemplary service to the Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS).

June 30, 2014
A hole near Hanford's D Reactor now 85 feet deep is shown when it was about 70 feet deep.
Workers Successfully Excavate Mother Lode of Chromium Contamination at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) have removed what is believed to be the primary source of chromium contamination to the Columbia River near Hanford’s D Reactor after workers excavated 2.2 million tons of material from waste sites.