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October 30, 2014
Workers with Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company load a piece of glovebox into a large standard waste box for transportation and disposal. The glovebox was removed from Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant, a former plutonium processing plant workers are preparing for demolition.
Online Tool Helps Save More Than $1 Billion

RICHLAND, Wash. – In 2011, EM’s Richland Operations Office faced issues common throughout the federal government: a future of fiscal restraint and the desire to complete more work with fewer dollars.

October 30, 2014
Julie Longenecker, left, and Jill Conrad, center, watch Keith Mendez handle obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass, which is part of a simulated fire hearth at the cultural test beds site.
Hanford Site, Tribes Raise Awareness of Culturally Significant Resources With Training Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – About seven acres in size, the cultural resources test beds site is a small area of the 586-square-mile Hanford site. But its impact is big.

October 28, 2014
DOE, Washington Closure complete recycling project at Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently teamed with contractor Washington Closure Hanford to complete a major recycling effort during cleanup of the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State.

October 22, 2014
Workers Enter Cocooned F Reactor for Scheduled Inspection

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers from Mission Support Alliance, LLC., removed the welds around the steel door of the F Reactor last week before stepping inside the reactor to complete its periodic inspection. This is the first time the Department of Energy (DOE) has had the reactor open since 2008.

October 6, 2014
At the Hanford site in Washington State, the Department is responsible for treating 56 million gallons of chemical and radioactive waste stored in 177 underground tanks.
Message from DOE on the Hanford Consent Decree

One of the Department of Energy’s most important tasks is to clean up the legacy of nuclear materials production during World War II and the Cold War. At the Hanford site in Washington State, the Department is responsible for treating 56 million gallons of chemical and radioactive waste stored in 177 underground tanks.

September 30, 2014
A team of drillers installs a well to support groundwater treatment operations at the Hanford site.
Hanford Treats Groundwater Ahead of Schedule

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) are ahead of schedule in meeting EM's annual goals for treating contaminated groundwater at the Hanford site in southeast Washington state.

September 29, 2014
David Klaus, Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance, was joined by Mindi Linquist, State Director for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, right, and Erik Olds, Chief of Staff, EM’s Office or River Protection, second from left, for an explanation of B Reactor operations from Gene Weisskopf with the B Reactor Museum Association during a tour of the facility.
Community Reflects on Pivotal Moment in History with B Reactor

RICHLAND, Wash. – Buses carried about 200 members of the community by the remains of an old high school, bank, and other relics of former Hanford town sites once home to tens of thousands of workers who produced plutonium for the Manhattan Project, World War II, and Cold War.

September 25, 2014
12th Annual Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) and the Hanford Small Business Council present the 12th Annual Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium, Pasco, WA, from April 15-15, 2015.

August 28, 2014
An aerial photo of Hanford’s 100-D Area along the Columbia River, which is served by one of five pump-and-treat systems along the Columbia River that are helping shrink areas of contaminated groundwater.
Hanford Exceeds Annual Goal for Cleaning up Groundwater near Columbia River

RICHLAND, Wash. – At the Hanford site in southeast Washington state, EM and its contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) are achieving groundwater cleanup goals ahead of schedule.

August 28, 2014
The former administration building known as building 270-Z is one of eight support buildings of the Plutonium Finishing Plant recently removed or demolished.
Workers Create Demolition Zone at Hanford Site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – In recent weeks, the look of Hanford site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant has changed as crews removed or demolished eight buildings surrounding it.