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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.

July 2, 2015
Asset Revitalization Initiative Task Force Issues Its Second Report

The Asset Revitalization Initiative (ARI) Task Force is pleased to announce the release of its second report providing information to the public on historic actions to reuse U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or Department) assets. The first report was titled The Asset Revitalization Initiative Report to Congress, August 25, 2011.

ARI is a DOE-wide effort to advance the future use of the Department’s unique and diverse assets, including:

July 2, 2015
Decrease Noted in LM Records Information Requests

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management (LM) experienced a slight decrease in records information requests. The decline is due in large part to reduced claims filed by former Rocky Flats, Colorado, Site workers.

LM responds to stakeholder Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) records requests, Privacy Act requests, Energy Employee’s Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) claims, and other routine requests.

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.