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May 19, 2014 – Today we are particularly pleased to announce that Mr. Jeffrey W. Sumlin an NRRPT-Registered health physics technician with loads of experience in the applied health physics arena re-joined IEM’s Nuclear Services division.  Jeff was a full-fledged IEM employee a number of years ago but the tug of family obligations pulled him to Albuquerque.  We’re now glad he’s back and we’re happy to say he has slipped back into our operations as if he never left.  Jeff is particularly proficient in the areas of decommissioning environmental remediation radioactive waste management radiation measurements site safety applied health physics and ALARA having worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Sandia National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Hanford. Most recently he served as a Site Supervisor Quality Assurance Inspector Safety Officer Radiological Controls Supervisor and Decontamination and Demolition Supervisor for Chicago Bridge & Iron (formerly Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure Inc.) He also retired after 15 years with the U. S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion and radiological controls program. If you haven’t touched base with Jeff in a while give him a call or drop him a line and ask him how he is liking life in Gaithersburg so far. Welcome back Jeff!

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April 24, 2014 – On this day the City of Gaithersburg issued the following press release: “The City of Gaithersburg joins Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association in welcoming thousands of area commuters to a celebration of bicycling on Bike to Work Day Friday May 16 2014. Gaithersburg will host one of 79 pit stops throughout the D.C. region ours at the corner of northbound MD Route 119 (Great Seneca Highway) and Orchard Ridge Drive from 7 to 9 a.m. Register in advance then stop by the Gaithersburg pit stop for refreshments entertainment and a chance to win raffle prizes provided by bark! Bike Gaithersburg Bonefish Grill Coal Fire Cold Stone Creamery Giant Integrated Environmental Management Inc. and Pink and Pepe’s Grape Escape. Free t-shirts and water bottles are available for those who register and attend. The League of American Bicyclists began Bike to Work Day as part of Bike Month in 1956. Over the years Bike to Work Day has grown into a widespread event with advocates taking to the streets nationwide to encourage fellow commuters to try bicycling as a healthy and safe alternative to driving alone. In the Metropolitan Washington region Bike to Work Day has grown from just a few hundred participants in 2001 to more than 14000 last year.

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April 13, 2014 – On April 13, 1999 Bill Thomas reported to work at IEM’s Ohio office for the first time. Fifteen years have passed since that date and IEM is convinced that one of the smartest things we ever did was to ask Bill to join us. He continues to impress us with his capabilities skills dedication and patience and we particularly appreciate his excellent leadership as Vice President of the corporation and a member of IEM’s Board of Directors. We look forward to spending another 15 years with Bill!

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March 10-11, 2014 – The annual meeting of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) takes place on these dates at the Hilton Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland.  The meeting, entitled Achievements of the Past 50 Years and Addressing the Needs for the Future””” includes a session on “Operational & Environmental Radiation Protection” co-chaired by Ruth McBurney of the CRCPD and Carol Berger of IEM’s Maryland office.  Speakers at the session are Kathy Pryor of PNL Dave Allard of the Pennsylvania DEP and Mark Hoover of NIOSH.  Click on this link for an introduction to the speakers and their topics.

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March 9, 2014 – Carol Berger of IEM’s Maryland office a member of Program Area Committee 2 (PAC 2) of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) participated in a meeting of the committee in Bethesda Maryland.  The meeting covered radiation safety aspects of nanotechnology and the safety aspects of sealed radiation sources where the PAC 2 members are up to their elbows in drafting new guidance.  PAC 2 which is chaired by Kathy Pryor of PNL then participated in the general PAC session before adjourning for the day.  There is a lot more to come from PAC 2.

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