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April 28, 2016
Non-food biomass such as the crop residue (the leftover material from crops like stalks, leaves, and husks of corn plants following harvest) pictured above can be converted to biofuels as well as high-value products such as plastics, chemicals, and fertilizers.
Integrating the Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts

A new biomass production strategy offers a more efficient, cost-effective, and integrated approach to the utilization of our nation’s biomass resources.

April 28, 2016
Office of Indian Energy Chris Deschene (third from the right) was among those in attendance at a groundbreaking ceremony the Seneca Nation of Indians held for its 1.5-MW wind turbine on April 27. Photo by Ken Parker, Food Is Our Medicine.
Seneca Nation of Indians Leverages DOE Support for Wind Turbine Project

The Seneca Nation sought support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a strategic energy plan. The Seneca Nation of Indians was competitively selected for a First Steps grant to develop its vision of energy self-sufficiency, quantify its energy needs and resources, and identify its energy options.

April 28, 2016
Small Particles, Big Science: The International LBNF/DUNE Project
This Mega-Science Project Is Going a Mile Underground

One National Lab is searching for the most abundant particles in the universe that we barely know.

April 27, 2016
Panel moderator Jenny Freeman, president of the Energy Technology and Environmental Business Association (second from left), talks as panelists (left to right) Ken Harrawood, senior director of Y-12 Legacy Facility Disposition, Mark Duff, director of Environmental Management, Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project, and EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto listen.
EM Cleanup Chief Discusses Path Forward for DOE’s Excess Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto joined other Department officials, members of Congress, contractors, and other stakeholders at an event on Capitol Hill for the bipartisan House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus to discuss forging a path to clean up the more than 2,000 excess facilities in the Department’s inventory — a number expected to grow by 1,000 in the next 10 years.

April 27, 2016
The Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at DOE's Idaho Site.
DOE Holds New Workshops to Aid Idaho Waste Treatment Facility Startup

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Technical experts from around the country recently converged in Idaho Falls to aid DOE’s efforts to safely and effectively start up the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU), intended to treat the approximately 900,000 gallons of remaining radioactive liquid tank waste at DOE’s Idaho Site.

April 27, 2016
The WIPP Blue Mine Rescue Team moves through the course in the field competition of the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Contest.
WIPP's Mine Rescue Teams Win Big in Contest

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The EM Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Blue Mine Rescue Team was named the overall champion at the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Contest held in Carlsbad in April. WIPP’s Red Mine Rescue Team took first place in the first aid competition.

April 27, 2016
A Swift & Staley heavy equipment operator loads a salt spreader at Paducah’s C-732 Salt Storage Facility.
Paducah and DUF6 Award Fees Determined for Three Prime Contracts

LEXINGTON, Ky. – EM has completed final performance evaluations of two prime contractors in support of deactivation and decommissioning of the former Paducah gaseous diffusion plant. In addition, the operations contractor for EM’s two plants that convert depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) to a more stable form at the Paducah, Kentucky and Portsmouth, Ohio sites received its annual fee determination.

April 27, 2016
EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Douglas E. Hintze
EM Site Manager Reflects on Field Office’s Formative Year, Looks to Future

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Douglas E. Hintze recently spoke with EM Update about the launch of EM’s newest site office and its challenges and accomplishments.

April 27, 2016
New Idaho Cleanup Project Contractor Unveils Management Team

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – EM’s new contractor for the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP), Fluor Idaho, LLC, has unveiled its senior management team.

April 27, 2016
Left to right, ORSSAB Chair Belinda Price, EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, City of Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch, and Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Deputy Manager Jay Mullis gather at the EM SSAB 2016 Spring Chairs Meeting in Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge Hosts EM Site Specific Advisory Board Spring Chairs Meeting

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – More than 60 participants from across the country traveled to Oak Ridge this month to attend the EM Site Specific Advisory Board’s (SSAB) 2016 Spring Chairs Meeting. The event was hosted by the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).