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NNSA Releases FY 2022 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan Report

Today, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is releasing the Fiscal Year 2022 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (FY 2022 SSMP). The report can be found here [ and later today, NNSA will issue a press release making the report public.

Diverse Employee Skills Ensure Oak Ridge Facilities Remain Safe, Stable

The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and cleanup contractor UCOR are responsible for maintaining infrastructure that supports waste treatment and environmental cleanup missions, such as the Liquid Gaseous Waste Operations (LGWO) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). A central concern during the last couple of years was ensuring uninterrupted operations at LGWO. Despite the challenges, the UCOR nuclear operations maintenance team has performed needed maintenance, and LGWO has continued its critical operations without interruption.

Smithsonian Exhibit Honors ORNL’s Amy Elliott with Life-Sized Statue Recognizing Women in STEM

Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist Amy Elliott is one of 120 women featured in a new exhibit, IfThenSheCan, at the Smithsonian to commemorate Women’s History Month. A life-size 3D printed statue of Elliott, a manufacturing scientist, is now on display in the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C., through March 27. The statues recognize women who have excelled in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, and is the largest collection of women statues ever assembled.

Deactivation Paves Way for Major Skyline Changes in Oak Ridge

Since the start of 2022, EM crews at Oak Ridge have finished deactivating the former Criticality Experiment Laboratory and the mercury-contaminated Column Exchange (COLEX) equipment at the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12). They are among 200 buildings at Y-12 and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that no longer support ongoing missions. A subset of those buildings comprises DOE’s largest inventory of high-risk excess contaminated facilities that the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and its contractor UCOR are responsible for deactivating and demolishing.

CROET President Tells Oak Ridge Story on National Podcast

Teresa Frady, president of the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee, is the Spotlight Interview guest on this week’s episode of the Gone Fission Nuclear Report podcast, which covers U.S. Department of Energy environmental management activities around the nation.

Crews Employ Novel Strategies in Cleanup of High-Risk Structure at ORNL

EM crews recently devised innovative approaches to enable deactivation and demolition of the final portion of the former Radioisotope Development Laboratory. That structure, known as the East Cell Bank, is on DOE’s list of high-risk excess contaminated facilities. It’s located in the heart of ORNL near ongoing research missions.