Ted Sherry, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s former manager at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant who most recently served in the Global Security Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has joined the consulting firm Longenecker & Associates Inc.
According to a press release, Sherry will be the firm’s senior manager for NNSA programs. He will be based in Oak Ridge, where the firm has an office on New York Avenue.
In a statement, company President John Longenecker said he looked forward to Sherry’s assistance, “and in particular tapping into his extensive experience base to ensure we effectively help our NNSA customer execute their critical national mission.”
The Association of Tennessee Valley Governments (ATVG) has sent a letter to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board expressing support for modernization of Y-12 and construction of the Uranium Processing Facility.
The association represents more than 200 local governments in the Tennessee Valley region.
On Wednesday morning, the day after the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s public hearing in Knoxville, some board members will stick around and have informal talks with some individuals and groups with notable interest in Y-12 operations and the Uranium Processing Facility project.
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will have most of its members at the (Tuesday) Dec. 10 public hearing in Knoxville. Chairman Peter Winokur, Vice Chairman Jessie Hill Roberson, and Sean Sullivan will reportedly do most of the questioning. Joe Bader won’t be available, and Kenneth Mossman, the newly confirmed member, will be on hand but may be more of an observer because of his brand-new role.
Here’s the agenda for the day-long event.
B&W Pantex, the government’s operating contractor at the Pantex nuclear weapons facility, this week announced the successful startup of a new production management system called IPRO (Integrated Production Planning and Execution System). According to info released by the contractor, the updated system — replacing software, in some cases, nearly a quarter-century old — is designed to integrate the management of “mission critical functions.”
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has established an early-career research fellowship in honor of famed biologist Liane B. Russell, who along with her late husband, Bill Russell, made ORNL’s mammalian genetics research program an internationally acclaimed center for studies with mice.
According to information released today by ORNL, the Liane B. Russell Distinguished Early Career Fellowship is intended to attract a “diverse work force of scientists and engineers who have demonstrated outstanding scientific ability and research interests that align with DOE and ORNL research missions.”
ORNL Director Thom Mason said in a prepared statement: “We’re privileged to have the legacy of someone as scientifically accomplished and socially conscious as Liane Russell to associate with these grants.”
Sister Mary Dennis Lentsch holds an anti-UPF sign at last year’s Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board public hearing in Knoxville.
The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance is asking members and supporters to attend the Dec. 10 Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board meeting in Knoxville and speak out against the Uranium Processing Facility.
“This meeting will be used by our senators and representatives to gauge the level of public concern about the UPF, so we are asking for as many people as possible to attend,” OREPA coordinator Ralph Hutchison said in an email message to supporters. “This is the only — maybe the last — chance we’ll have to speak publicly about the UPF for the foreseeable future.”
The Department of Energy recently announced plans to negotiate with GE Hitachi on its proposal to reuse the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant for a new enrichment operation known as Global Laser Enrichment.
So, how will that impact the long-running relationship between DOE and USEC Inc. for possible loan support for the American Centrifuge uranium-enrichment project? The centrifuge machines for the project are being manufactured in Oak Ridge. Funding for the American Centrifuge Project’s research, development and demonstration program is slated to run out Jan. 15.
About 15 Iraqi first responders under the auspices of the Iraqi Radioactive Source Regulatory Authority are in Las Vegas this week for training on radiation emergencies. According to information released by the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Advanced International Radiological Assistant Program Training for Emergency Response (I-RAPTER) course is being taught by experts Sandia National Labs, and the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Andrews/Nellis Air Force Base. It was a follow-up to a training event held earlier this year in Amman, Jordan.
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The National Nuclear Security Administration is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to amend its export license (granted in March) to authorize additional amounts of highly enriched uranium to be sent to Europe for use in production of molybdenum-99, a desired radioisotope for nuclear medicine. The shipments will originate from the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, where the majority of the U.S. enriched uranium stockpile is housed.