The Department of Energy said it will hold its second National Cleanup Workshop, in conjunction with the Energy Communities Alliance and Energy Facility Contractors Groups, on Sept. 14-15 in Alexandria, Va. Continue reading
IEI-PEC, a joint venture based in Lincoln, Nebraska, has been awarded a four-year contract with a maximum value of $4 million to provide support services to the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management program at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C., and Germantown, Md. Continue reading
The National Nuclear Security Administration this week announced a grant award of $25 million to a consortium led by the University of California at Berkeley to pursue research and development in nuclear science and security.
Other members of the consortium includes the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Michigan State University; the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Irvine; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; George Washington University; and Texas A&M University. Continue reading
The National Park Service and the Department of Energy will hold a public meeting in Oak Ridge on Monday (Feb. 1) to get input on planning for the Manhattan Project National HIstorical Park. The public meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Food Court of Oak Ridge High School.
Oak Ridge is one of three Manhattan Project sites hosting the national park, and public meetings will be held later this month at the other sites, Hanford, Wash., and Los Alamos, N.M. Continue reading
In a Jan. 7 letter to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz provided an update on the Electrorefining Project at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and how the project is addressing issues/concerns raised by the safety board last October.
The Electrorefining Project is supposed to replace some of the uranium recovery processes currently carried out in the aged 9212 complex at the Oak Ridge plant. The NNSA is trying to get out of 9212 as soon as possible because of its deteriorated condition. Continue reading
Tyler Threadgill, communications director for U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn. whose district includes Oak Ridge, is leaving the staff at week’s end to join Mercury, a public strategy firm. “It has been a privilege to work for Rep. Fleischmann over the last four years and as an East Tennessee native it’s been particularly rewarding to work for the great 3rd District,” Threadgill said in a statement distributed to members of the news media. According to the statement, Conner Ingram will serve as communications contact on a temporary basis.
According to the notice, Y-12 is not allowed to export non-U.S. nuclear materials unless specifically requested in advance and authorized by the NRC.
In this case, Y-12 apparently did not have the advance approval of the NRC or permission from the government of Canada. Continue reading
The bald eagle, the national bird of the United States and a magnificent bird of prey that for decades held a sacred spot on the endangered species list (it was taken off the list in 2007), has a presence on the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation.
Or at least that’s presumed to be the case, based on documentation by scientists in the past few years and a sighting as recent as a week ago.
Kelly Roy, an environmental scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and wildlife management coordinator for the reservation, said he spotted a bald eagle near White Oak Lake last week. Continue reading
Omega Consultants, Inc., a woman-owned small business in Oak Ridge, was among 17 companies — 10 small businesses, 7 large — that were selected for awards from the Department of Defense via the U.S. Army’s Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense.
According to information released by the company, the overall Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract has a spending cap of $900 million over the next few years, and it’s not yet clear how much of that work Omega — doing business as Omega Technical Services — will acquire under the program. Continue reading
The Doomsday Clock remains at 3 minutes til midnight, and here’s the link at the Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists. It’s not a time to get cocky, according to the Bulletin’s team of experts.
The date was Oct. 11, 1946, a year after the atomic bombs were dropped and the war was won, and the Oak Ridge mood was pretty relaxed. M.P.’s were putting nickels in the juke box in the Club Room, drinking beers and stacking the cans as high they could get them. (Department of Energy archives/Ed Westcott photo)
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions plans to hire up to 2,000 over the next several years via its partnership with the Aiken Technical College. Derrek Asberry has the story in the Aiken Standard. The college has a special Nuclear Fundamentals program that prepares people for a number of work roles at the Savannah River nuclear facilities.