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Media Contact:
Tim Jackson
(208) 526-8484

For Immediate Release
May 29, 2014

Public invited to comment on Draft Environmental Assessment on the Disposition of Five Signature Properties at Idaho National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy invites the public to read and comment on a draft environmental assessment it has prepared for a proposal to tear down four World War II-era historic structures and a portion of one additional World War II-era historic structure at Idaho National Laboratory’s Central Facilities Area where the U.S. Naval Proving Ground was established in 1942.

The structures have deteriorated and are no longer used.

The Naval Proving Ground facilities were built in the early 1940s to support the war effort.  The location was one of six ordnance-testing sites across the country and the only one to test the 16-inch guns used on battleships in the Pacific Fleet during WW II.  Ordnance manufactured, rebuilt, or repaired at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Plant in Pocatello were shipped by rail to the Naval Proving Ground and test-fired for accuracy.

The draft environmental assessment prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act is posted for public review at the following link: http://www.id.energy.gov/News/FInal Draft EA Signature Properties.pdf

DOE’s public comment period on the draft environmental assessment will conclude on June 30, 2014.  Comments can be submitted by mail to Dan Shirley, U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, 1955 Fremont Avenue, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415-1222; or by email to spea@id.doe.gov.  Paper copies of the document are available on request.

Editorial Date May 29, 2014
By Tim Jackson

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Media Contact:
Danielle Miller
(208) 526-5709

For Immediate Release
May 30, 2014

OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT NAMES NEW IDAHO CLEANUP MANAGER

Idaho Falls, ID - The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management today announced that John (Jack) Zimmerman has been named Deputy Manager of its highly-successful Idaho Cleanup program, which oversees the environmental cleanup and waste management mission at DOE's Idaho site.

Mr. Zimmerman has more than 25 years of experience in nuclear operations, project management, and environmental management, including 18 years with the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Zimmerman is currently the Program Manager for the Department's Portsmouth Paducah Project Office's DUF6 Conversion Project, and previously served as the Associate Director of the Miamisburg Closure Project. His experience includes business management associated with program planning, development, and administration. He has extensive expert knowledge of environmental restoration practices, worker safety, radiological safety, regulatory reform, nuclear safety and quality assurance. Mr. Zimmerman will assume his new duties beginning in July, and succeeds Jim Cooper, who plans to retire from federal service at the end of July 2014.

"We are extremely pleased that Jack is joining the management team at the Idaho site," said Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, Dave Huizenga. "Jack is a proven professional who brings a wealth of knowledge from the Miamisburg Closure Project, and most recently the DUF6 Conversion Project. We look forward to working with him and continuing the success of the environmental cleanup mission at the Idaho Site."

As deputy manager of the Idaho Operations Office, Mr. Zimmerman will oversee 45 Federal employees and nearly 3,000 contractor staff who carry out environmental cleanup and waste management functions at the Idaho site. Mr. Zimmerman will also be responsible for an annual federal and contractor budget of approximately $400 million.

"I look forward, with great enthusiasm, to working with everyone involved in the environmental cleanup mission and others at the Idaho Site," said Zimmerman. "Together, we will safely accomplish great things."

Editorial Date June 3, 2014
By Danielle Miller
 

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