HANFORD -- A multi-agency team working on ground water cleanup in central Hanford has won the 2009 Excellence in Hazardous Materials Management Award.
The award will be presented this week to the ZP-1 Ground Water Remediation Team by the Eastern Washington Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers. The team includes Arlene Tortoso and John Morse of the Department of Energy; Dennis Faulk and Emerald Laija of the Environmental Protection Agency; the late David Miller, Mark Byrnes, Donald Clark and Bruce Sasser of CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. and Sally Simmons of Fluor Federal Services.
The project completed demonstration of removal of carbon tetrachloride from Hanford nuclear reservation ground water and commits $240 million for 95 percent removal of a variety of radionuclides and hazardous chemicals from four-square miles in central Hanford.
A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory team led by Mike Truex won the Hazardous Material Identification and Control Research Award. The team worked with industry to develop a low cost method using heat and a chemical reaction to clean up trichloroethene in an aquifer at Fort Lewis. The team includes Vince Vermuel, Mart Oostrom, Rob Mackley, Donny Mendoza and Brad Fritz.
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Felix Miera of Washington River Protection Solutions was named Hazardous Materials Manager of the Year. When federal economic stimulus money became available, he started work on infrastructure improvements at the Hanford tank farms.
ARES Corp. was honored for its corporate support. The chapter award for meritorious achievement went to member Roni Swan and Robbie Tidwell was recognized for leadership of the chapter.
An awards banquet is scheduled for Thursday in Richland.
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