Areva, PNNL, WRPS, CH2M Hill honored for hazmat management

Tri-City HeraldDecember 9, 2013 

Areva's efforts to minimize environmental impacts at its Richland plant earned it the 2013 Environmental Management System Award from the Eastern Washington Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Material Managers.

Other winners included Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Department of Energy, the Washington State Department of Health, CH2M Hill, Washington River Protection Solutions and John Guberski.

Areva created an environmental management system that comprehensively addresses hazardous and radioactive waste, recycling, reduction of water and power consumption and involvement with community environmental activities, according to the chapter. The plant, which fabricates fuel for nuclear power reactors, has operated in Richland for 40 years.

The city of Richland recommended Areva for the award, and the award was sponsored by CH2M Hill.

PNNL, along with the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest Site Office and the Washington State Department of Health, received an Excellence in Hazardous Materials Management Award for a flexible approach to air emissions permitting for research and development.

The three organizations cooperatively developed a new approach to ensure control and monitoring of numerous locations and various types of potential radioactive air emissions. The award was sponsored by CH2M Hill.

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. also received an Excellence in Hazardous Materials Management Award for its design of an emergency response trailer.

Hanford nuclear control operators, radiological control technicians, industrial hygienists and emergency responders planned and outfitted trailers to be used by emergency responders. The five trailers can be deployed and in use at an emergency in less than 15 minutes to prepare responders to enter potentially hazardous areas and to decontaminate them, if needed. It is self-powered, to allow functions such as air-monitoring.

The award was sponsored by Washington River Protection Solutions.

Washington River Protection Solutions received the Hazardous Materials Identification and Control Research Award for a demonstration project to potentially remove radioactive liquids that have leaked beneath tanks.

The test demonstrated a mobile system to extract liquids that have leaked into the soil to prevent them from flowing toward the groundwater and eventually the Columbia River. The technique also could be suitable for other types of toxic liquid spills. The award was sponsored by the local chapter of the academy.

Guberski, a base operations environmental field representative at Washington River Protection Solutions, received the Hazardous Materials Manager of the Year Award.

He was recognized for more than two decades of leadership at Hanford, combining regulatory support, field inspections and training for new staff to familiarize them with management of the underground tanks holding radioactive waste, the waste evaporator facility and the 222-S Analytical Laboratory.

The award was sponsored by Washington River Protection Solutions.

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