Monthly Archives: June 2009

Getting started on K-27

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The K-27 uranium-enrichment facility, with K-25 in the background.
photo/BJC
Work is just getting under way on a project that will prepare the K-27 building, a sister facility to the K-25 uranium-enrichment plant, for demolition. The Dept. of Energy paying for the project with money from the Recovery Act, and Bechtel Jacobs Co. — DOE’s environmental manager in Oak Ridge — is heading the effort.

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Swine flu case at ORAU

An employee at Oak Ridge Associated Universities had a confirmed case of H1N1 flu earlier this month, but has since returned to work and is doing fine, an ORAU spokeswoman said today.
“We believe it’s an isolated case,” said Pam Bonee of ORAU. Nine or 10 other employees have reported having flu or flu-like symptons over the past month, but those employees have all returned to work and there were no other confirmed cases of swine flu, she said.

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Gary Jacobs returns to Environmental Sciences post

As noted earlier in a blog post, Martin Keller has been named ORNL’s associate lab director for biological and environmental sciences. In today’s press release on the Keller appointment, the lab also noted that Gary Jacobs — who had served in the position on an interim basis after Reinhold Mann left — will return to his old job as director of the lab’s Environmental Sciences Division.

Sparks named DOE’s Oak Ridge classification officer

spark.jpgLarry Sparks has been named federal classification officer at the Dept. of Energy’s Oak Ridge office, where he administers the classification program and oversees classification activities at DOE contractors.
For the past decade, Sparks served as a general engineer and classification analyst in the Oak Ridge Office for Security and Emergency Management. Before that, he was a facility representative and environmental engineer in DOE’s Y-12 site office.

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ORNL shopping for scientific talent — big-time

There’s a ton of money available, fab scientific facilities and an urgent energy-research agenda that’s in the national and international spotlight. What Oak Ridge National Laboratory needs these days is the people to make things happen, and recruiting is a big-time priority.
Jim Roberto, the ORNL executive charged with carrying out the recruiting strategy, said the needs are significant, maybe pushing the lab to hire about 500 top folks — scientific staff, as well as technical support personnel — over an 18-month period. “Those are numbers we haven’t seen since the 1970s,” he said.

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Scrapping GNEP

Tom Clements of Friends of the Earth is distributing a copy of the notice reportedly scheduled for Monday’s Federal Register, officially cancelling work on the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership’s Environmental Impact Statement.
“The decision to cancel the GNEP EIS process is a clear victory for the environment of South Carolina and taxpayers but a big setback to narrow special interests who had hoped to profit from a commercial reprocessing facility being built at the Savannah River Site (SRS),” Clements said in the statement. “The fight will continue to stop the location of a spent fuel dump or reprocessing facility at SRS or any other DOE site, as such facilities would only add to the massive nuclear waste burden that DOE is now struggling to deal with.”

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