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DOE Issues Final Rule on Fee for Long-term Management and Storage of Elemental Mercury

The Mercury Export Ban Act (MEBA), as amended, assigned the Department of Energy (DOE) the responsibility for the long-term management and storage of elemental mercury. DOE has undertaken efforts to establish a facility for long-term management and storage of elemental mercury.

Lamar Alexander says Beyond the Headlines, Congress is Reaching Results for Tennesseans

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said members of Congress have worked together to get results for Americans and for Tennesseans.“I often suggest Tennesseans look at Washington, D.C., as if it were a split-screen television. On one side, you hear about impeachment and tweets, but, on the other side, you have members of Congress working together to get results for Americans. And in 2019, we’ve done just that.”“Congress passed legislation in December that provides permanent funding – that is fully paid for – for HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions attended by over 2 million minority students,” Senator Alexander said.

ORNL Hour of Code Volunteers Demystify Computing for Area Students

One hour. It’s not long, but it’s enough time to inspire a student. That’s the goal of more than 40 volunteers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who are making the most of 60-minute timeframes all week long by leading Hour of Code activities in 27 area schools as part of an annual, international effort dedicated to computer science education.

Lamar Alexander says President Donald Trump Signs Bill that Gives Troops Biggest Pay Raise in 10 Years

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): “Governing is about setting priorities, and this bill shows our priority is the men and women who serve in our armed forces. This defense bill authorizes the biggest pay raise for troops at Fort Campbell, Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma and Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington in 10 years, and continues to make research and development of new technologies a priority so our military can deal with new and emerging threats,” said Senator Alexander.

Savannah River National Lab Set to Stay with DOE Cleanup Office

The Savannah River National Laboratory will remain under the U.S. Department of Energy's nuclear cleanup wing, a status-quo move that for the foreseeable future dashes theories that the department's science branch would take the reins there. Following consultation with "stakeholders," the Energy Department decided to "leave responsibility for SRNL with the Office of Environmental Management," a DOE spokesperson told the Aiken Standard on Thursday.

No Silent Night

True tales of IT life are Sharky’s stock in trade, but the real people in them don’t normally get named. This tale, however, comes from a pilot fish who heard it as a lad from Bob Coveyou, a noted mathematician who worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with fish’s father, and he’s worth mentioning because the tale involves what may well have been a computing first.

How A Nuclear Waste Site 2,800 Miles Away Became A Hawaii Priority

A concrete dome built decades ago by the U.S. government on a Marshall Islands atoll 2,800 miles from Hawaii has the state’s federal lawmakers worried. The Runit Dome is a relic of America’s atomic past. It’s home to 3 million cubic feet of radioactive waste that was buried there as part of the government’s effort to clean up the mess left from dozens of nuclear tests in the 1940s and ’50s that decimated the atoll.

Alexander: Bill Providing Record Funding For National Laboratories, Supercomputing Heads to President Trump’s Desk

U.S. Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the “the best-kept secret in Washington is record-funding for the Office of Science,” after the Senate passed, by a 71-23 vote, the fifth consecutive year of record funding for our national laboratories and supercomputing. The bill now heads to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

Tennessee’s New “Opportunity Zone” Directory Now Available Online

If you are interested in the federal “Opportunity Zone” (OZ) program and how it is playing out in the Volunteer State, there’s a new resource for you. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced yesterday that its new OZ directory is now live. The online resource makes it easy for communities to connect with developers and opportunity funds.

LeMond Carbon Obtains Independent Verification of its Carbon Fiber Rapid Oxidation Technology

LeMond Carbon is pleased to announce the results of an independent technical audit conducted by Bureau Veritas (BV) of its revolutionary carbon fiber manufacturing process. The audit was conducted on a pilot line at Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus facility in Geelong, Australia. The total oxidation time and material properties verified by BV support LeMond’s claims to lower costs and significantly increase output versus traditional carbon fiber technology.