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October 13, 2015
Ohio and the Manhattan Project

(top) B&T Metals, in Columbus; and (bottom) the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center, near Cincinnati.After a briefing regarding the Manhattan Project, Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr said to physicist Edward Teller, “I told you it couldn’t be done without turning the whole country into a factory.” Of course, the state of Ohio didn’t need to be turned into a factory, since by that

October 13, 2015
Creating LTS&M Efficiencies While Protecting Human Health and the Environment

New agreements with regulators allow for reductions in the frequency and number of reports and sampled constituents.The Fernald Preserve environmental monitoring team implemented work efficiencies and cost savings while following their prime goal to protect human health and the environment. The team works to increase efficiencies in the collection of environmental data and samples.

October 13, 2015
Environmental Justice Activities: Tribal Training Complies with DOE Order 144.1 and EO 12898 for Environmental Justice

Following the Environmental Justice and Tribal Consultation Training session on May 26, 2015, in Washington, DC, two more training sessions were held with Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) in Lakewood, Colorado. These two sessions were organized in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs and the DOE Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security.

October 12, 2015
Draft LM 2016–2025 Strategic Plan

We invite you to read the Draft Office of Legacy Management (LM) 2016-2025 Strategic Plan, now posted for public comment. This will be our fourth strategic plan since the office was established in December 2003 and will replace the current strategic plan that covers 2011–2020. The comment period will close December 4, 2015.

The 2016–2025 Strategic Plan is similar to our 2011–2020 version. We continue to learn and grow as an organization, adopting more effective and efficient ways to carry out our responsibilities to you and to the environment.

October 12, 2015
Recycling Building Foundation at the Weldon Spring, Missouri, Site

(top) Foundation removal and (bottom) concrete rubble survey.A 32,635-square-foot administration building was built in 1990 to provide office space for hundreds of Weldon Spring, Missouri, Site Remedial Action Project workers. The structure was demolished during the 2012 fall season, when it was no longer needed to support U.S.

October 12, 2015
Applied Studies and Technology: The Third Dimension—Variation in Groundwater Aquifers

Scientist measuring specific conductance at an LM site monitoring well as part of the Variation Project.The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management (LM) collects groundwater samples at a number of the 90 sites we manage.

July 2, 2015
Progress Toward Operable Unit 1 Groundwater Cleanup at the Mound, Ohio, Site

Groundwater in Operable Unit 1 (OU-1) has been impacted by volatile organic compound (VOC)-contaminated materials in the former solid waste landfill. The remedy for controlling contamination from residual VOCs in OU-1 is groundwater extraction, treatment, and disposal.

July 2, 2015
Transfer of Excess Computer and IT Equipment to the Northern Arapaho Tribe

In an effort to expand the Computers for Learning (CFL) program, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management (LM) has begun reaching out to educational and non-profit establishments in Tribal Nations close to our legacy sites. The LM personal property department is reaching out to organizations that may have little to no exposure to CFL programs available to them. Our excess computers or IT equipment may aid in expanding tribal educational programs.

July 2, 2015
Environmental Justice: Made-for-Television—Climate Change: A Global Reality

The U.S. Department of Energy was invited to be a panelist for a made-for-television educational program in Columbia, South Carolina, titled Climate Change: A Global Reality. DOE also co-sponsored the program.

John King, CNN’s Chief National Correspondent, served as program moderator during the live-audience filming on May 28, 2015. The program topic was addressed through moderated dialogue, pre-produced video pieces, and a studio-audience segment with 50 participants—including high school and college students.