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EM Completes Characterization of Y-12’s Biology Complex

Oak Ridge’s EM program and contractor URS | CH2M (UCOR) completed characterization at the Y-12 National Security Complex’s Biology Complex this month, identifying contaminants before demolition and waste disposition. The project is part of DOE’s Excess Contaminated Facilities Initiative, an effort to reduce risks and stabilize facilities not scheduled for near-term demolition. In this case, EM’s activities could actually accelerate the demolition schedule for the Biology Complex because its facilities are collapsing due to age, and the location can be used for modern national defense missions.

Trump DOE ‘All on Board’ for Nev. Project — Shimkus

As a House subcommittee held a hearing today on draft legislation that would jump-start the Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear waste project, Energy Secretary Rick Perry was meeting across Washington with a leading Yucca foe, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R). Sandoval seized the opportunity to reiterate his "absolute opposition" to the long-stalled repository. But the big question for the author of the Yucca Mountain draft, Illinois Republican Rep. John Shimkus, was whether Perry's Department of Energy wanted to advance the nuclear waste repository. DOE had no representatives at the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy hearing.

Decision Day for Avoiding a Government Shutdown?

Appropriators think they are close to a deal to fund the government through September, but the hour is fast approaching where a stopgap might be needed to prevent a shutdown at midnight Friday. Kentucky Rep. Harold Rogers, a former Appropriations chairman and still a senior member of the committee, described the leaders as, “within striking distance” on a fiscal 2017 spending bill. Rogers added there are some still some “knotty issues” lawmakers need to contend with.

DOE Releases Results of Energy Cybersecurity Emergency Exercise

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released the findings and recommendations from Liberty Eclipse, a multi-state cyber-energy preparedness exercise hosted by DOE and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) in December 2016. The exercise simulated a cyber attack on the energy infrastructure, including electricity, gasoline, jet fuel, heating oil, and other energy services, of several Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

General Assembly Approves Bill that Would Establish CROET as ETTP Manager

The Tennessee General Assembly has approved legislation that would establish the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee, or CROET, as the manager of the 1,300-acre East Tennessee Technology Park in west Oak Ridge, a press release said. East Tennessee Technology Park, or ETTP, is also known as Heritage Center and the former K-25 site. It once housed the K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant, which was built during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project. That was a top-secret federal program to build the world’s first atomic weapons, before Germany could.

Energy Dept Announces New National Lab Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses

On Earth Day Texas 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 38 small businesses that will collaborate with national lab researchers through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. SBV facilitates access to the DOE national labs for American small businesses, enabling them to tap into the intellectual and technical resources they need to overcome critical technology challenges for their advanced energy products and gain a global competitive advantage. Eight DOE national laboratories will receive funding to partner with 38 competitively selected small businesses across the country.

DOE EM’s Cleanup Fact Sheets

The list in this article contains links to fact sheets compiled by the Department of Energy's Environmental Management Program.

Scientists Invent Dryer -Dries Clothes Faster Without Heat

Waiting an hour for your clothes to dry can feel tedious. But scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have developed a dryer that could make doing laundry much quicker. Called the ultrasonic dryer, it's expected to be up to five times more energy efficient than most conventional dryers and able dry a large load of clothes in about half the time.

AMS to Expand Knoxville Campus, Hire Engineers, Staff

Nuclear technology consulting firm Analysis and Measurement Services Corp. is expanding its Knoxville headquarters campus, the company announced Tuesday. It will add 15,000 square feet of office and lab space, a $5 million project that will include housing a $1 million electromagnetic compatibility chamber, according to a news release from Dan Forrest-Bank of AMS.

Atom-Smashing Scientists are Unnerved by Harsh Trump Budget

On a hill above the main campus of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a sprawling complex called the Spallation Neutron Source. It’s a particle accelerator, although you could think of it as a giant microscope. The technicians fire protons at nearly the speed of light into a vessel of liquid mercury. Neutrons spew forth, channeled down 19 tubes called beam lines, toward targets of scientific curiosity. When the neutrons hit a target and scatter, they reveal the atomic structure of whatever it is that’s being scrutinized.