ANDERSON CITES ACCOMPLISHMENTS, FORECASTS BRIGHT FUTURE FOR WESTINGHOUSE HANFORD CO.
ANDERSON CITES ACCOMPLISHMENTS, FORECASTS BRIGHT FUTURE FOR WESTINGHOUSE HANFORD CO. RICHLAND, Wash., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Hanford Co. president Tom Anderson forecast a bright future as he reflected on a year of innovation and accomplishment. Anderson told employees today in his "state of the company" report to think of Hanford as the NASA of the environmental business. "Our mission is more than just cleanup," he said. "We're going to demonstrate and apply advanced technologies and we're going to transform Hanford into the nation's model for excellence in environmental management." And, said Anderson, "we're going to become the leader in the restoration of the land. "Our environmental mission is not just a 30-year mission; it's an infinite mission," Anderson told Westinghouse Hanford's 9,800 employees today. He addressed two meetings of employees at the Tri- Cities Coliseum and was to address a third group later tonight. He said that in the past 16 months of the environmental mission we have risen to the monumental challenges cleanup presents. He said he sees evidence of meeting those challenges every day. "We're going to identify, acquire, adapt, apply and prove transferable technologies. The nation will look to Hanford for solutions. That's like the space program," Anderson said. "NASA let others develop the technologies and they created systems using these technologies. That's what we need to do with environmental technology." A lot of technology was developed at Hanford during its original production mission. "But those production days are over," said Anderson, "and the urgency of our environmental mission requires we identify the waste and contain it today. Let others develop the technologies," he said. "We're going to adapt them, prove them and make them available to others. And we're going to do it safely. The money spent here will save money everywhere else later on." And for that reason, Anderson believes the government will continue to invest in Hanford. Not just for cleanup, but "the nation will look to use to provide solutions." Anderson reflected on some of the major achievements of Westinghouse Hanford employees during the last year. He noted a continuously improved performance as measured by the U.S. Department of Energy. Anderson said that the company was very successful in demonstrating more innovative and cost-effective methods for environmental cleanup. "We made great strides in better understanding waste tank safety issues," said Anderson. "We improved our conduct of operations and work control in the tank farms and established a well-documented baseline for program activities." In addition, Anderson said, Westinghouse Hanford exceeded its five-year contract commitment of $212 million in cost reductions with verified cost savings of over $270 million in less than four years. This was achieved, he said, because many employees came forth with ideas which allowed the company to significantly surpass its goals. Anderson said there's been success in attempts to open up lines of communication throughout the company during the past year. But he acknowledged there's still room for improvement. He said that last year managers received training to help them handle situations more sensitively and programs such as Clean Sweep and the Employee Concerns Program have provided viable means for employees to raise their concerns. "There is a clear sense that employees feel a strong responsibility to make safety and quality issues known," he said. Anderson noted that many of the achievements of Westinghouse Hanford Co. during the last year were from company-wide attention focused on quality. And he said many more were the result of individual employees taking ownership and working to change things that needed to be changed. Anderson said there are areas that still have to be addressed. He said there is work to do in bringing about a true safety culture at Hanford. Conscientious attention to conduct of operations, work control and safety are imperative and something to which each employee can contribute. "We know we're going to have to do better and better," said Anderson. "We can't be content with being satisfactory or even good. We've got to keep striving for improvement. I appreciate what you've done so far and have great confidence in what you have yet to accomplish. We're making great progress toward becoming the NASA of the environmental business. "Stay focused," he continued. "Remember, we're not 'mopping up' -- we're 'mapping out' the future of this region." Westinghouse Hanford Co. is the management and operating contractor for the environmental remediation and restoration of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford site in southeastern Washington state. -0- 1/16/92 /CONTACT: Craig Kuhlman of Westinghouse Hanford Co., 509-376-6826/ CO: Westinghouse Hanford Co. ST: Washington IN: SU:
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