More than 600 volunteers from Y-12 are scheduled to participate in community activities Friday and Saturday as part of the annual “Day of Volunteering” program.
The projects range from painting and landscaping to spending time with the elderly, with locations from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Oak Ridge and surrounding communities.
Michelle Buchanan and Linda Horton are certainly two women who have made the big time in science administration, rising through the ranks to high-level positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
So it was interesting to hear Buchanan’s comments after Horton was named to a science leadership post at Department of Energy headquarters in Washington.
Nithin Akuthota has been hired at the new executive director of the Energy, Technology and Environmental Business Association.
According to info released to the news media, Akuthota specializes in intergovernmental partnerships in areas of energy and environment, and he previously served as legislative director for a Washington, D.C. law firm and as deputy director of the Energy Communities Alliance.
Two workers at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant were sent to the hospital for observation this morning after being exposed to fumes of hydrochloric acid, a plant spokeswoman said. They were later released and apparently unharmed.
Ralph Hutchison, longtime coordinator of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, will speak on a panel, “U.S. Prospects for a Nuclear Free Future,” on May 4 at the United Nations in New York. According to info distributed to the press, the panel will be part of two weeks of briefings at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Preparatory Conference.
Y-12’s Ron Simandl with super-duper tack cloth he invented.
The Y-12 National Security Complex has received a “Closing the Circle” award from the White House for federal leadership in environmental sustainability programs. The Oak Ridge warhead plant was recognized for its pollution-prevention projects.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex, two major facilities seven miles apart, have their similarities and their differences.
They are similar in employment and budget. Each has about 4,200 employees or thereabouts, with annual budgets that fluctuate in the range of $1 billion (ORNL somewhat above that figure, Y-12 somewhat below it).
A tanker that leaked toxic waste in Utah last month was reportedly carrying the last load of liquid waste — about 3,000 gallons of hazardous solvent — to be burned at DOE’s Oak Ridge incinerator. It’s now in storage at the TSCA Incinerator, waiting to be burned.
Dennis Hill, a spokesman for Bechtel Jacobs Co., said the waste shipment originated in Oak Ridge and was sent to EnergySolutions’ Utah facility — where solids were removed from hazardous sludge. The liquids that remained after treatment were being returned to Oak Ridge for incineration, Hill said.
EnergX, the contractor that operates the Dept. of Energy’s Transuranic Waste Processing Center in Oak Ridge, is apparently ready to go with a new class of trainees if the final details of the stimulus package get done.
Evacuees board buses for return to East Tennessee Technology Park.
As it turns out, last week’s site-wide evacuation of the East Tennessee Technology Park was a precautionary event. The chemical release from a classified landfill, based on sampling done by the Dept. of Energy contractors, was a relatively harmless compound commonly known as “skunk oil” and did not threaten the 1,200 or so people working at the Oak Ridge site.
But there are probably going to be lessons learned from the attempted evacuation.
The NNSA today touted the successful installation and operation of a radiation-detection system at Colombia’s Port of Cartagena.
According to info distributed by NNSA, “This specialized system detects the presence of dangerous nuclear and other radioactive materials by scanning all import and export container traffic transiting the Port of Cartagena.”
With every report about hundreds of millions of dollars coming to Oak Ridge via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, I get flooded with calls about jobs available or contracting opportunities.
The Dept. of Energy hasn’t made this too simple because there is no central employment office set up for stimulus work in Oak Ridge. However, there is a DOE national Website with some information and breakdowns by location. (Ultimately, you may be able to track work progress via this site or so I’m told.)
DOE’s Oak Ridge office last month created a special Web site for stimulus-related activities, so everybody could see what was happening Oak Ridge-wise on work funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
For those who tried the link provided earlier, you’ve probalby figured out that it’s a road to nowhwere. DOE HQ apparently decided it wanted all of the agency’s ARRA-related traffic to go through a single site.