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February 11, 2016
This photo illustration of the conceptual view shows the vertical expansion of the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility. The large area on the right includes the uppermost surface of the vertical expansion, which will be shaped to form a crown and will be covered with a 2 percent grade and side slopes at 12 percent.
Hanford Disposal Facility Expands Vertically to Make Room for More Waste

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and cleanup contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) are working innovatively to safely expand the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) by disposing additional waste on top of the current landfill.

February 11, 2016
EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Planning and Budget Bart Barnhart served as senior coordinator for EM's CFC campaign.
EM Headquarters Employees Give More than $51,000 to 2015 Combined Federal Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Final results of the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) show EM headquarters employees donated more than $51,000 to people in need through the federal government’s workplace charitable giving drive.

February 11, 2016
Bechtel employees celebrate a $100,000 gift to Friends of Badger Mountain at Trailhead Park in Richland.
Contractors Donate Nearly $600,000 to Charity

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s prime contractor for the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP), Bechtel National Inc., and its employees donated more than $590,000 to community organizations in 2015.

February 11, 2016
Connie Martin performs work inside the Error Lab while trainees observe her actions for mistakes.
Portsmouth Training Exercise Helps Radiological Trainees Spot Mistakes Safely

PIKETON, Ohio – A new training exercise aims to enhance worker safety at EM’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site as a decontamination and decommissioning project removes thousands of components from a 30-acre former uranium enrichment process building.

February 11, 2016
The Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board was honored at the chamber’s annual dinner in January. Pictured, left to right, are Carlton Cave (Portsmouth SSAB member), Joel Bradburne (Portsmouth SSAB deputy designated federal official), Greg Simonton (Portsmouth SSAB federal coordinator), Paul Price (chamber treasurer), Gary Cooper (chamber president), Will Henderson (Portsmouth SSAB chair), Val Francis (former Portsmouth SSAB chair), Cristy Renner (Portsmouth SSAB member), Richard Snyder (former Portsmouth SSAB Chair), Sharon Manson (former Portsmouth SSAB member), Neil Leist (Portsmouth SSAB member), Julie Galloway (Portsmouth SSAB support staff), Shirley Bandy (chamber executive director and former Portsmouth SSAB member), and Gene Brushart (former Portsmouth SSAB member).
Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board

PIKETON, Ohio – The Pike County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized the Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board (SSAB) as its 2015 Organization of the Year.

February 11, 2016
Matthew J. Parker has been named president-elect of the American Meteorological Society.
EM Laboratory Meteorologist to Lead American Meteorological Society

AIKEN, S.C. – In a first for DOE, a Department-affiliated meteorologist has been named president-elect of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

February 11, 2016
Carbon Storage Model
New Tools to Monitor Carbon Storage Risks Released for Testing

Seven new technology tools that can help predict long-term risks of large-scale carbon storage operations are being beta-tested by carbon capture and storage researchers and the industrial community.

February 11, 2016
  • Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer
    Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer

  • BPA's Dittmer Control Center
    BPA's Dittmer Control Center

BPA, Grid Modernization, and Setting the Nation Up for Success

On February 8, 2016, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall visited the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. I travelled to the Pacific Northwest to join BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer for a firsthand look at the vital work they are doing to improve U.S. energy infrastructure and use new capabilities to maximize efficiency in our energy use.

The Bonneville team is at the forefront of DOE’s push toward modernizing our grid for the challenges of the 21st century. They showed me advanced facilities like the Dittmer Control Center and briefed me on upgraded infrastructure such as the Celilo Converter and Pacific Direct Current Intertie (PDCI), a high-voltage direct current link between the Pacific Northwest and Southwest. These tangible improvements to our transmission infrastructure are the real deal: they are enhancing resiliency, reliability, and security and ensuring we have the grid our country needs.

February 11, 2016
Electricity usage monitors make it easy to measure the electricity consumed by any device that runs on 120 volts. Photo by Alexis Powers
Science Fair Project Ideas for Energy Savers

See how one energy saving tool can inspire endless science fair project ideas.

February 10, 2016
DOE Joins Pakistan’s Energy Ministries to Launch $3 Million Program to support Pakistan’s Energy Development

Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Jonathan Elkind joined Pakistan’s Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform, the Ministry Water and Power, and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to announce the launch of a $3 million multi-agency technical assistance program designed to support Pakistan’s energy development efforts. The three-year Program, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development, will bring experts from the Department of Energy national laboratories together with Pakistani experts to develop strategies and resources for integrated energy planning, energy efficiency, and promoting private investment in renewable energy and integration.