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October 5, 2015
EM Richland Operations Office Manager Stacy Charboneau kicked off the first panel at the National Cleanup Workshop.
Panel Celebrates EM Achievements, Prepares for More Milestones

EM Richland Operations Office Manager Stacy Charboneau kicked off the first panel at the National Cleanup Workshop, emphasizing the importance of a united team of federal and contractor employees, regulators, Tribes, communities, and other stakeholders in continued cleanup progress.

October 5, 2015
EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Site Restoration Mark Gilbertson served as a member of a panel on the EM Technology Development Program.
Panel Views ‘Big Step Increase’ in Technology Development as Essential to Closing Cost Gap

Opening remarks by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto offered a prelude to one of the major topics that reverberated during panel discussions and sideline conversations throughout DOE’s National Cleanup Workshop. The prominent theme was the importance of technology development as a key factor in addressing EM’s challenges.

October 5, 2015
EM Acting Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Frank Marcinowski, far right, speaks at the workshop as a member of a panel on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant recovery. DOE Idaho Operations Office Deputy Manager Jack Zimmerman, left, and EM Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Waste Management Christine Gelles also served as panelists.
Panelists Update Workshop Participants on Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Recovery

A National Cleanup Workshop panel that included a Carlsbad, N.M., official and federal and contractor employees from EM headquarters and field sites provided an update on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recovery and transuranic waste generator sites across the DOE complex.

October 5, 2015
DOE Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance David Klaus discussed the Manhattan Project National Historical Park during the National Cleanup Workshop.
DOE Under Secretary Recognizes Residents who Helped Plan Manhattan Project Park

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will consist of facilities at three seemingly disparate sites separated by great distances — Los Alamos, N.M., Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Hanford, Wash. — that played key roles in the creation of the atomic bomb during World War II.

October 5, 2015
EM Communicators Meet to Plan Public Outreach

EM held a communicators forum in Washington, D.C. last week in coordination with the National Cleanup Workshop. Public affairs representatives from across the DOE complex gathered to share their best strategies for public communications and transparent outreach on EM cleanup accomplishments. EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney engaged with the communicators in the forum.

October 2, 2015
The annual U.S. Department of Energy Science Alliance draws high school juniors from throughout southern Ohio for an interactive science event that focuses on fields associated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Record attendance anticipated for 6th Annual Portsmouth Site Science Alliance

PIKETON, Ohio  ̶  The popularity of the U.S. Department of Energy Science Alliance at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site in Piketon, Ohio, continues to grow as more than 1,250 high school juniors from southern Ohio are expected to attend the sixth annual interactive science event October 6-8.

October 2, 2015
Students participate in FirstBuild's "hackathon" event Friday, October 2, in Louisville, Kentucky as part of Manufacturing Day. Image courtesy Deloitte.
Energy Department Supports Manufacturing Day

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is supporting Manufacturing Day—a nationwide event that opens the doors of nearly 2000 manufacturing companies to the public—with visits to sites in the Midwest.

October 1, 2015
Energy Department Harvesting Technology Goes Commercial

Developed with funding and support from the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, a self-loading trailer created by Kelderman Manufacturing is being used by Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas's biorefinery. Plans are to buy up to 40 additional trailers.

October 1, 2015
The finals of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 are upon us. Not familiar with the competition? Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the big event, <a href="">happening Oct. 8-18 in Irvine, California</a>. | Photo by Stefano Paltera, Solar Decathlon.
How to Win a Solar Decathlon

Solar Decathlon teams put their solar-powered houses to the test in 10 challenges ranging from architecture to energy efficiency. Find out what it takes to win the whole thing.

October 1, 2015
Energy Department Helps Manufacturers of Small and Mid-Size Wind Turbines Meet Certification Requirements

On October 1, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a fourth round of requests for proposals under the Energy Department’s Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) for distributed wind energy. The CIP aims to help U.S. manufacturers of small and mid-size wind turbines (with rotor-swept areas less than 1,000 square meters) to improve their turbine designs and manufacturing processes to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and eventually earn certification ensuring performance and safety.