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Mercury Treatment Facility Project Marks Safety Milestone

Oak Ridge workers building the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility recently achieved a safety milestone: zero lost workday cases and zero recordable injuries since mobilizing for the project six months ago. The facility is vital to help fulfill EM’s regulatory commitments to reduce mercury levels in the East Fork Poplar Creek and enable large-scale cleanup and demolition to begin at the Y-12 National Security Complex. Outfall 200 is where the headwaters originate for the Upper East Fork Poplar Creek at Y-12.

Montefibre Carbon Gets Approval For 11.5 Million Euros Of New Funding To Develop Aerospace-Grade Carbon Fiber

Montefibre Carbon is investing 16.2 million euros ($17.5 milllion) in its plant in Miranda de Ebro, Spain, 11.5 million euros ($12.3 million) of which will come from the Spanish Ministry of Industry, to produce polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor for conversion to carbon fiber with semi-aerospace quality and to build a flexible carbonization line. The new PAN precursor fiber will have a tensile strength of 700 ksi and will be marketed as M700. The new carbonization line will be one of the most advanced lines in the industry to serve as a development and demonstration of Montefibre’s carbon fiber, and will be able to work with fiber from 80K to 480K, up to a capacity of 100 tons per year.

OPINION Beating China at the Lithium Game — Can the US Secure Supplies to Meet its Renewables Targets?

We have all been witness to the meteoric rise of Tesla's stock price since the beginning of the year. With a market capitalization now worth significantly more than Ford and GM combined, the electric vehicle producer and battery maker is showing us the way to a sustainable energy future. Others are following in Tesla's footsteps. GM has recently announced a $2.3 billion joint venture battery factory, in partnership with LG Chem, to produce cells for 20 new electric vehicles the company plans to introduce globally by 2023. Ford has announced plans for several all-electric vehicles including its widely popular F-150. The future is upon us, but a few obstacles remain in our path.

K-25 History Center to Feature Exhibits, Artifacts, Galleries

The K-25 History Center in west Oak Ridge will feature exhibits with more than 250 original artifacts and interactive galleries developed with help from almost 1,000 oral histories. There will be a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the K-25 History Center at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 27. The History Center is housed in 7,500 square feet of space on the second floor of the city-owned fire station at the former K-25 site, now known as Heritage Center. It was developed as part of a 2012 agreement that allowed DOE to demolish the North Tower of the former mile-long, U-shaped K-25 Building.

Dr. Bryan Coker Named 12th President of Maryville College

Dr. Bryan Coker, vice president and dean of students at Maryland’s Goucher College, will be the 12th president of Maryville College. Coker, a native of western North Carolina who holds degrees from Rhodes College, the University of South Carolina and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, addressed the campus community in two separate gatherings in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall and spoke to the public in a late afternoon session.

DOE Issues Special Notice and Draft Performance Work Statement for the Savannah River Site Integrated Mission Completion Contract

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) issued a Special Notice and Draft Performance Work Statement (PWS), Section C, for the Savannah River Site (SRS) Integrated Mission Completion Contract (IMCC).

ORNL Researchers Develop ‘Multitasking’ AI Tool to Extract Cancer Data in Record Time

As the second-leading cause of death in the United States, cancer is a public health crisis that afflicts nearly one in two people during their lifetime. Cancer is also an oppressively complex disease. Hundreds of cancer types affecting more than 70 organs have been recorded in the nation's cancer registries--databases of information about individual cancer cases that provide vital statistics to doctors, researchers, and policymakers.

President Trump Releases FY 2021 Budget Request

President Donald J. Trump unveiled his FY 2021 Budget Request, including $35.4 billion to fund the Department of Energy (DOE). DOE’s FY 2021 Budget Request funds vital priorities such as promoting America’s continued rise as an energy independent nation, enhancing national security through modernizing the nation’s nuclear deterrent, and advancing transformative scientific innovation and environmental cleanup.

Oak Ridge Begins Takedown of Last Standing ETTP Lab Facility

Demolition is underway on the last laboratory facility remaining at Oak Ridge's East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), as EM moves toward completing all major teardowns at the former uranium enrichment complex by the end of this year. EM and cleanup contractor UCOR are demolishing the K-1006 Building, which was constructed in 1962 to support operations at the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The structure is among the few unneeded buildings still standing at the site.

DOE Issues Draft RFP for Idaho Cleanup Project Contract

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) issued a Draft Request for Proposals for the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) procurement at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site, near Idaho Falls, Idaho, and the Fort St. Vrain facility in Colorado. The new ICP contract is anticipated to be an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with an estimated contract ceiling of approximately $6.4 billion over a 10-year ordering period.