Organized in 1973, the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) is an independent, regional, non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the federal government’s missions in Oak Ridge as well as encouraging new opportunities to fully utilize the highly-skilled talent, cutting-edge technologies and unique facilities that make up the federal reservation, the University of Tennessee complex, and the TVA region.
Frank Munger Receives
Muddy Boot Award
Frank Munger, DOE reporter for the Knoxville News Sentinel, received a Muddy Boot Award from ETEC during a retirement celebration on Wednesday. Munger is retiring today, (June 30) after 35 years covering DOE for the News Sentinel. Many consider him to be the best DOE reporter in the DOE complex. It’s not clear if he will be replaced. Some have said he is irreplaceable. Among those who praised Munger’s work and “shoe-leather” journalism on Wednesday, even if DOE wasn’t always pleased with his stories, were current and former DOE and contractor officials Gerald Boyd, Sue Cange, Dave Keim, Thom Mason, Billy Stair, and Jim Alexander. Click here to read more.
Petition: Keep America’s Nuclear Power Plants Working
America’s nuclear energy plants are a vital asset providing reliable, carbon-free electricity. Nuclear energy plants supply nearly 20 percent of America’s electricity—and 63 percent of the nation’s carbon-free electricity. A combination of factors place these plants in economic jeopardy. A half dozen of the 100 in the U.S. will close and be replaced by natural gas.
Respectfully request that the federal government institute policies recognizing the unique benefits of nuclear power. The federal government regulates licensing and operation, but leaves it to the individual states to determine the value of their carbon neutral electricity. CLICK HERE TO SIGN.