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October 13, 2014
Groundwater Cleanup Operational Changes Are Being Implemented at Fernald Preserve

Uranium contamination in the Great Miami Aquifer—at the Fernald Preserve, Ohio, Site—is being removed from the groundwater through a pump-and-treatment operation, which until this year, involved the operation of 23 extraction wells. Figure 1 shows the footprint of the uranium plume and the 23 extraction wells. Concurrence and support from the U.S.

July 14, 2014
Optimizing the Use of Federal Lands Through Disposition

The foundation of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management’s (LM) Goal 4, “Optimize the use of land and assets,” is to establish environmentally sound and protective land uses on LM sites. LM believes there can be beneficial uses of land even though regulatory or other land-use restrictions may be needed. As part of Goal 4, LM will make its lands available for government, public, and private uses, provided such uses maintain cleanup efforts and are consistent with the site remedies, the tenets of sustainability, and the best resource-management practices.

July 10, 2014
Community Leaders Dedicated to Building and Sustaining Healthy Communities

More than 150 participants attended the 2014 Community Leaders Institute (CLI) in Montgomery, Alabama, on April 25 and 26. The event was sponsored by the Medical University of South Carolina; U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); Southeastern Virtual Institute for Health and Wellness; U.S. Department of Defense; the City of Montgomery; EcoLogic Services, Inc.; Project H.E.L.P.; Community Care Network; and Alabama State University.

July 10, 2014
Collaboration and Communication: DOE and Navajo Nation Tour Uranium Mine Reclamation Sites to Share Expertise and Experiences

In February 2014, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) and LM Support (LMS) contractor site managers, along with Navajo Nation technical staff, visited five reclaimed uranium-mine sites on tribal lands to share expertise in the use of technical approaches for controlling and mitigating erosion. Due to the geology of the desert southwest, where many LM disposal sites are located, and the area’s extreme weather, erosion can be a serious issue that damages engineered structures such as roads, building foundations, and fences.

July 10, 2014
Renewed Importance of the Mound Site Annual Institutional Controls Assessments

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) completed its 2014 annual institutional controls (IC) assessment of the Mound site in Miamisburg, Ohio, and confirmed that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) remedies remain effective. Annual, routine IC inspections are conducted at many LM sites. However, inspections at the Mound site are anything but routine, due to its unique nature.

July 10, 2014
Fernald Preserve Attracts 50,000 Visitors
The Fernald Preserve Visitors Center opened in August 2008.

Gary Studer, a longtime resident of the greater Cincinnati area, is a regular visitor to the Fernald Preserve in Ohio, enjoying activities like trail walks and bird watching.

July 10, 2014
DOE Partners with Other Federal Agencies Working on the Wind River Indian Reservation

On May 8 and 9, a joint federal agency collaboration was held to discuss financial and technical assistance to Wind River Tribes in Riverton, Wyoming. Requested by staff from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM), the meeting was held at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 8 offices in Denver, Colorado. Other federal agencies represented were the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Geological Survey.

April 10, 2014
LM Updates the Public on Defense-Related Uranium Mines Report to Congress

The U.S. Congress directed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in consultation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior, to undertake a review of, and prepare a report on, abandoned uranium mines in the United States that provided uranium ore for U.S. atomic energy defense activities. In February 2014, the DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM) updated the public about its progress on the data and technical information developed to inform the Report to Congress on defense-related uranium mines.

April 9, 2014
Bobcats at the Fernald Preserve
Bobcat photo taken November 28, 2013, by a Fernald Preserve trail camera.
April 9, 2014
2014 Waste Management Conference

When you hear about the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM), what comes to mind? Is it long-term surveillance and maintenance (LTS&M) activities such as conducting environmental monitoring, performing annual inspections, or maintaining protective remedies? Is it managing records and making them available to requesters? Is it managing legacy land and assets or emphasizing safety, reuse, and disposition?