Camera crews help tell Hanford’s story

Hanford StoryA Lockheed Martin camera crew films a segment on the viewing platform overlooking C Farm. Lockheed and Mission Support Alliance are working together to produce the next chapter of The Hanford Story, a multi-part video series commissioned by the Department of Energy to help educate the public about the site’s legacy. The chapters provide an outline of the history of the site and the cleanup progress made to date.

WRPS volunteers sort produce to support local food banks

2nd Harvest

WRPS Contractor Assurance employees donated a few hours of their weekend to sort fruits and vegetables for 2nd Harvest, a hunger-relief network that supplies goods to local food banks.

In three hours, a dozen volunteers sorted almost 11,000 pounds of food, enough to provide meals to more than 9,000 people.

Each month, 2nd Harvest distributes more than 2 million pounds of free food to help people in need in 26 counties in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Partnerships with more than 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers make it possible to feed 55,000 people each week.

Engineers week helps students explore possibilities

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WRPS employees swarmed local classrooms the last week of February as part of Engineers Week, a national outreach program that highlights the positive contributions engineers make to society.

More than 80 volunteers helped introduce students to the world of engineering through presentations and fun, interactive games designed to stir interest.

Hanford Engineers Week is sponsored by a committee made of various Hanford contractors. The committee coordinates Engineers Week activities at elementary, middle and high schools in the Tri-Cities area.

WRPS’ specific sponsorship of the Zoom into Engineering program focuses on third, fourth and fifth graders. Over the course of the week-long outreach, WRPS volunteers gave 94 presentations at 23 local elementary schools, reaching more than 3,700 area students.

During these presentations, volunteers talk about what an engineer does and how they affect our world. Volunteers built hoop gliders with third graders, wind meters with fourth graders and prepared an activity using “radioactive” ping pong balls for fifth graders.

Washington River Protection Solutions safety manager wins national award

WolfleyRICHLAND, Wash. – Clint Wolfley, Safety and Health manager at Washington River Protections Solutions (WRPS), received the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Award of Excellence on Wednesday for his outstanding leadership, expertise and professional commitment in the safety, health and environmental industry.

With more than 40,000 certified safety professionals, the BCSP is recognized as a world leader in credentialing safety and health practitioners.  Wolfley received the award during a luncheon at the American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conference in Dallas.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Wolfley said.  “It’s great to be recognized by an organization that is so well respected in the safety community.  Of course, I have to credit my fellow employees.  It’s because of their commitment to safety that WRPS continues to have one of the best industrial safety records among U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractors.”

Wolfley was one of only three safety professionals to earn the Award of Excellence.  He was selected in the category of Construction Health and Safety Technician-certified professionals.  The candidates were evaluated in seven different safety-related categories by a committee of representatives from the BCSP’s board of directors.
Wolfley has served as WRPS safety and health manager since 2010.  He manages a highly skilled, multi-disciplined team of 300 safety and health professionals who provide industrial hygiene, industrial safety, construction safety and fire protection support for a company of 2,000-plus employees.

Last year, WRPS was recognized for achieving Star status in DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). VPP Star status recognizes that WRPS has significantly improved its safety and health program, fostered employee involvement, and improved the relationship between managers and workers.

Wolfley earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Boise State University and a master’s degree in international construction management from the University of Florida.

About WRPS

WRPS, owned by AECOM and EnergySolutions, with integrated subcontractor AREVA, is a prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection.  WRPS is responsible for managing and reducing the risk posed by the waste stored in Hanford’s aging underground tanks.

Washington River Protection Solutions awards family scholarships

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) awarded scholarships to five high school seniors as part of the company’s Family Scholarship program.  All of the recipients are children of WRPS employees.

Each student received a $2,000 scholarship.  The winners were selected on the basis of leadership, scholastic achievement and community service.

Dave Olson, WRPS president and project manager, praised the students for their accomplishments and recognized their parents for the commitment they have made to their child’s education.

“The scholarships are an excellent way for us to reward students for their hard work in the classroom and their involvement in school and community activities,” Olson said.  “We also realize their achievements would not be possible without the support of their parents.  We are pleased to contribute to their continuing education.”

The 2015 WRPS Family Scholarship winners are:

Todd Bowers, the son of WRPS employee David Bowers and his wife, Lori Bowers.  Todd is a graduate of Richland High School.  He plans to attend Brigham Young University and major in biology.

Carrie Keller, the daughter of WRPS employee Roger Keller. Carrie is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.  She plans to attend Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University and major in biology and/or law.

Patrick O’Toole, the son of WRPS employee Steven O’Toole and his wife, Colleen O’Toole.  Patrick is a graduate of Hanford High School.  He plans to attend the University of Southern California and major in economics and/or finance.

Liliana Rasmussen, the daughter of WRPS employee Juergen Rasmussen and his wife, Hongfei Zha Rasmussen.  Liliana is a graduate of Hanford High School.  She plans to attend the University of Washington and major in economics, computer science or engineering.

David Thien, the son of WRPS employee Mike Thien and his wife, Kristi Thien.  David is a graduate of Chiawana High School.  He plans to attend the University of Washington and major in computer science.

Supporting education in the community is a high priority for WRPS.  It regularly contributes to Washington State University Tri-Cities, Columbia Basin College and a variety of other science, technology, engineering and math education programs.

About WRPS
WRPS, owned by AECOM and EnergySolutions, with integrated subcontractor AREVA, is a prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection.  WRPS is responsible for managing and reducing the risk posed by the waste stored in Hanford’s aging underground tanks.