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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.

August 28, 2014
The underground demolition occurred at the final reactor cleanup site in Hanford’s 300 Area, a former industrial complex along the west bank of the Columbia River.
EM Takes Safe, Unique Approach to Underground Demolition at Hanford Site, Saves Money

RICHLAND, Wash. – Some people in the community heard an explosion the morning of Aug. 16 that heralded another significant step in environmental cleanup at EM’s Hanford site.

July 29, 2014
Workers “seal out” a pencil tank that had been cut into smaller segments and prepare it for shipment.
Hanford Site Workers Meet Challenging Performance Goal at Plutonium Finishing Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – Safely and methodically, piece by piece, workers at the Hanford site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant are surpassing goals for removing hazardous tanks once used in the plutonium production process.

July 29, 2014
Trainers help a Plutonium Finishing Plant employee dress in the protective suit.
Workers Prepare to Safely Enter One of Hanford Site’s Most Hazardous Rooms

RICHLAND, Wash. – When workers enter the hazardous, historic McCluskey Room at the Hanford site this summer, they will be safer due to their preparation and involvement in planning and training for the job.

July 3, 2014
The site of the former 183-B Clearwell, an old water treatment facility for the historic B Reactor.
Workers Demolish Reactor Support Facility as Part of River Corridor Contract

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and cleanup contractor Washington Closure Hanford recently completed the cleanout and demolition of the last reactor support facility as part of the River Corridor Closure Contract.

June 30, 2014
A hole near Hanford's D Reactor now 85 feet deep is shown when it was about 70 feet deep.
Workers Successfully Excavate Mother Lode of Chromium Contamination at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) have removed what is believed to be the primary source of chromium contamination to the Columbia River near Hanford’s D Reactor after workers excavated 2.2 million tons of material from waste sites.