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April 13, 2015
LM Releases Update of Site Management Guide

A new edition of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) Site Management Guide (SMG) was posted to the LM website, February 24, 2015.

The SMG provides general information for sites that are already in LM custody, and sites that LM will receive in the future. Primary data includes site names and locations, transfer dates, planned transfer dates of non-LM sites, regulatory types, and links to site transition policy.

April 3, 2015
Second Five-Year Plan to Address Uranium Contamination in the Navajo Nation

Federal agencies recently completed a second Five-Year Plan to address uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation, which follows a progress report on the first plan that was initiated in January 2007. Contributing agencies include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Indian Health Service (IHS), and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

April 3, 2015
New Guidance Helps LM Manage Institutional Controls

The official Guidance for Developing and Implementing Institutional Controls for Long-Term Surveillance and Maintenance at DOE Legacy Management Sites, was issued in January as a supplemental directive within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM), to reinforce our commitment to using institutional controls (IC) effectively for protection of human health and the environment.

April 3, 2015
UMTRCA Title II Audit

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Inspector General (IG) performed an audit during the period of June 2013 through October 2014 to determine if the DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM) has effectively managed its existing Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 (UMTRCA) Title II sites.

April 3, 2015
GEMS Mapping and Specific Information

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) manages nearly 40 years of legacy site environmental records, generated since the days of the Cold War. These key LM assets must be managed and maintained efficiently and effectively, so the applications, respective systems, and processes currently being used are undergoing significant Next Generation (NextGen) upgrades to improve future operations.

April 3, 2015
Mark Your Calendars! 2015 DOE LM Independent Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey

The 2015 DOE LM Independent Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey will begin in April 2015.

The survey will engage stakeholders and regulators to gather input on the effectiveness of DOE LM community communication strategies.

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January 14, 2015
New Eligibility Guidelines Lead to Increase in LM’s EEOICPA Requests for FY 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) experienced a 19 percent increase in the total number of stakeholder requests from fiscal year (FY) 2013 to FY 2014, according to Dr. Edwin Parks, LM Program Analyst.

LM provides stakeholders with information in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act, Energy Employee’s Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) claims, and other routine requests.

January 14, 2015
Applied Studies and Technology Stakeholder Outreach: Helping Native Students Heal the Land

On a late June afternoon on the high desert east of Tuba City, Arizona, members of a Navajo family scoot along the sand riding all-terrain vehicles, rounding up their horses under a ceramic-blue sky. Across a dune ridge, Quentin Benally wipes his brow, adjusts his camo sun hat, and for the umpteenth time, leans over a 25-meter tape measure stretched across the desert floor and calls out the scientific names of plants. His associate stands nearby with pen to paper.

January 14, 2015
Eighth Annual National Conference on Health Disparities

The Eighth Annual National Conference on Health Disparities was held November 5 through 8, 2014, in Long Beach, California. Like past conferences, it focused on policies and programs to reduce health disparities. However, the 2014 session saw one panel address a new topic—the impact of health issues, including disparities, on our nation’s military personnel and national security.

January 14, 2015
From Hydrogen Fuel Cells to High-Altitude-Pilot Protection Suits— Mound Science and Energy Museum Programs Cover a Wide Range of Topics

The Mound Science and Energy Museum (MSEM) is an active, volunteer-led organization located at the former U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Mound site in Miamisburg, Ohio. MSEM keeps the 60-year history of scientific discoveries, inventions, and ingenuity of Mound site workers alive.