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EM Employs Drone Technology for Safer Inspections

In October, the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) used a drone to conduct visual inspections inside and outside the 3039 stack. The chimney-like structure, built in 1950, is located in the central campus area of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Due to the age of the structure, it requires periodic inspections to evaluate its structural integrity.

Reuse of Cleanup Equipment in Oak Ridge Saves Millions

Reuse of transport platforms — large elevator-like devices installed outside facilities that allow workers to access multiple floors — among EM cleanup projects in Oak Ridge will save nearly $3.5 million.

MPNHP Celebrates 5th Anniversary

It is time to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park! The official signing ceremony with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz that established the new Park was held on November 10, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Two Senior Officials Retire from DOE’s NNSA

Geoffrey Beausoleil will retire in April as the local federal official for the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) production office, which oversees the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, he said in an email. Separately, a senior DoE official tweeted Friday that Steve Erhart, a former policy manager in the office of the NNSA administrator, and briefly acting administrator himself in 2018, is leaving federal service.

Breakthroughs in Additive Manufacturing Could Hasten Advanced Reactor Development

The development of advanced nuclear reactors is continuing at a rapid pace, but issues still remain working with some specialty materials that are important to these reactors. Teamed with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, engineers and designers at BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) have developed new additive manufacturing technologies for the design and manufacture of reactor components made from high-temperature alloys and refractory metals.