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March 31, 2014
Proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy to the State of Washington to Amend the Consent Decree

This proposal provides a set of near term, fixed milestones for certain activities along with a commitment by DOE to develop future milestones on a rolling basis as technical issues are resolved or when sufficient project planning and design information is otherwise available.

March 31, 2014
Cameron Salony, who will begin one-year Fellowship in Japan this summer, stands near Hanford’s D and DR Reactors.
EM Employee to Gain Expertise in Japan Through Unique One-Year Fellowship

RICHLAND, Wash. – An EM employee has been selected for a unique program established by Congress two decades ago to build a corps of federal employees with substantial Japan expertise.

February 26, 2014
EM’s Richland Operations Office and its contractors found solar power alternatives to building 1.5 kilometers of power lines and 15 to 20 power poles to bring electricity to Hanford’s 618-11 Burial Ground project.
Hanford Solar Power: Cost Effective and Mobile

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) has tasked contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA) with improving sustainable energy usage on the Hanford site.

February 14, 2014
1,153-ton Waste Vault Removed from 300 Area - Vault held waste tanks with contamination from Hanford’s former laboratory facilities

Today, the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Richland Operations Office announced the removal of a massive concrete vault that once held two 15,000-gallon stainless steel tanks used to collect highly contaminated waste from Hanford’s 300 Area laboratories as part of the River Corridor Closure project.

January 29, 2014
A team from the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management observes equipment that will be used to retrieve highly radioactive sludge at the Hanford site. This pump was modified to fit the underwater environment where the sludge is stored.
Hanford Site Shares Lessons Learned in Retrieving Highly Radioactive Material

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (Richland) and its contractor, CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL), welcomed staff from the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Transuranic (TRU) waste processing team in Tennessee to the Hanford site recently to share lessons learned in the retrieval and processing of highly radioactive material, called sludge.

January 29, 2014
2014 Annual Planning Summary for the Richland Operations Office and the Office of River Protection

The ongoing and projected Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements for 2014 and 2015 within the Richland Operations Office and the Office of River Protection.

January 22, 2014
Massive Hanford Test Reactor Removed - Plutonium Recycle Test Reactor removed from Hanford’s 300 Area

RICHLAND, WA – Hanford’s River Corridor contractor, Washington Closure Hanford, has met a significant cleanup challenge on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Site by removing a 1,082-ton nuclear test reactor from the 300 Area.

December 24, 2013
The concrete “core” is removed from Tank C-105 after workers cut a 55-inch hole in the tank dome.
Cleanup Progresses at the Office of River Protection

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection’s (ORP) mission continues: to retrieve, treat and dispose of the 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste stored in large, underground tanks. In 2013, ORP maintained steady progress toward the successful completion of its mission.

December 24, 2013
Workers sample a well used to monitor groundwater at the Hanford site.
EM’s Richland Operations Office Celebrates Disposal Achievement in 2013

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM's Richland Operations Office's 2013 accomplishments ranged from cleaning up buildings and waste sites to treating a record amount of groundwater.

December 18, 2013
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory study the microbial interactions in the plant root systems, the rhizosphere. The rhizosphere represents a critical zone where plant roots, microbes and minerals interface, and where biogeochemical weathering provides nutrients to plants. This research program will broaden our understanding of the biogeochemistry of plant-microbe-soil interactions. Shown are the spores of an opportunistic soil fungus Penicillium sp. that associates with the plant roots, microbial biofilms and soil minerals. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
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