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Vol. 55, Special Issue        February 2003
[Sandia National Laboratories]

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185-0165    ||   Livermore, California 94550-0969
Tonopah, Nevada; Nevada Test Site; Amarillo, Texas

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Environmental remediation

The Radioactive and Nuclear Materials Disposition Department at the Radioactive and Mixed Waste Management Facility in Tech Area 3 began evaluating a promising technology to treat radioactive mixed wastes that contain certain toxic metals. This treatment, called macroencapsulation, involves using molten polyethylene to seal the waste items into a monolithic block. Wastes treated in this manner can then be disposed of in a DOE or NRC-licensed landfill. The polyethylene, which completely surrounds the waste, prevents any toxic wastes from leaching from the landfill and possibly into groundwater. (3100) Jim Thompson, jjthomp@sandia.gov

The Pollution Prevention program supported five Sandia organizations in implementing Environmental Management Systems using the State of New Mexico's demanding Green Zia Environmental Excellence Program criteria. The five organizations received recognition from Gov. Gary Johnson through the Green Zia program for Environmental Excellence: Sandia's Fleet Services, Manufacturing Science & Technology Center, Environmental Restoration program, and Custodial Services received Achievement awards; the Neutron Generator Production Facility received a Commitment award. (3100, 10200, 14400, 10800, 14100, 6100) Jack Mizner, jhmizne@sandia.gov

In earning its Green Zia award, whose criteria include efficiency, waste reduction, energy conservation, employee involvement, community interaction and environmental compliance (see above), Fleet Services won praise from judges for its avoidance of some $31,200 per year in waste disposal costs and a reduction in total waste generated. (10200) Charles Kearns, cvkearn@sandia.gov

And speaking of Green Zia, Neutron Generator Production Facility and the Advanced Manufacturing Processing Laboratory team members were also winners. The Green Zia program recognizes organizations that adopt systematic, business-based approaches to environmental excellence performance. The same activities that make an organization successful financially can also make it a great organization environmentally. Centers across Div. 14000 have demonstrated significant reductions in pollution and waste, providing a safer and healthier workplace for employees, and a better environment for the community. (14100, 14400) Max Saad, mpsaad@sandia.gov

Sandiašs Industrial Hygiene Analytical Chemistry (IHAC) Laboratory received accreditation by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) last June. This gives Sandia an on-site facility to analyze industrial hygiene, environmental, and customer-specific samples using validated methods, strict quality control, state-of-the-art equipment, and trained and qualified personnel. Accreditation involved developing and implementing laboratory capabilities and a laboratory quality assurance program that met the requirements of DOE, the AIHA and ISO/IEC 17025 (an International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission policy). (3100) Melecita Archuleta, melarch@sandia.gov

The Purchasing Green Team was recognized this year with a White House ŗClosing the Circle˛ award from President Bush, the DOE National Pollution Prevention Award, and the Sandia Presidentšs Quality Turquoise Award. These awards cited the Green Teamšs accomplishments in developing an environmentally preferable purchasing program, demonstrating Sandiašs dedication to the preservation of our nationšs limited natural resources. Before the implementation of the Green Team, Sandiašs compliance with DOEšs environmentally preferable purchases was below 40 percent. Since the inception of the Green Team, Sandiašs compliance has risen to above 85 percent. (6100, 10200) Jimmy Romero, jromero@sandia.gov

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