NNSA Plans to Take Some Portsmouth DUF6 for Weapons Programs

The National Nuclear Security Administration has decided to use a cleanup facility in Ohio to help produce high-purity depleted uranium metal for nuclear weapons programs. The NNSA will fund the work through the DOE Environmental Management Office’s depleted uranium hexafluoride conversion contract with Mid-America Conversion Services: the Atkins-led team that also includes Fluor and Westinghouse, an NNSA spokesperson said by email Thursday. The line is slated to be up and running by Sept. 30, 2022, the spokesperson said.Consolidated Nuclear Security, the prime contractor for the NNSA uranium hub at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., will subcontract out the DUF4 conversion work, the NNSA spokesperson said. The company is currently evaluating “[o]ptions for commercial vendors.”

Opinion: The time has come for East Tennessee entrepreneurship

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander made the sage prediction decades ago that East Tennessee has the secret sauce: “If you want to drive entrepreneurism, it must be regional and not local,” he told a mutual friend. The distinction is vital: A regional effort cultivates a communal sense of place and purpose; it’s entrepreneurial led, inclusive, focused on the long term and prioritizes diversity. I’ve been blessed to help create and sell four companies, and I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly in regions across the country. I promise the atmosphere in Knoxville has never been as hot to crush paradigms, disrupt the status quo and launch new business as it is today.

Chattanooga remains heartbeat of TVA’s nuclear power future, CEO Jeff Lyash says

Despite the loss of thousands of TVA jobs in Chattanooga over the past four decades, Chattanooga remains the heartbeat of TVA's single-biggest source of power and will remain one of Chattanooga's biggest employers, the head of federal utility said Thursday.

The lowdown on AI: Robot Camp set for girls at Blount County Public Library

A unique, hands-on opportunity for young people who want computer technology instruction that goes beyond lectures and hours sitting at a computer is now as close as the library. Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls, a nonprofit agency that inspires middle school girls to explore technology, holds a series of Saturday afternoon sessions at the Blount County Public Library that are open to youth ages 10 and up. Both boys and girls can just show up from 1-4 p.m. each Saturday to delve into anything from virtual reality to the workings of the internet, encryption, infographics, 3D printing and photo editing.

DOE Issues RFP for the Paducah Infrastructure Support Services Contract

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Paducah Infrastructure Support Services Contract (PAD Infrastructure), located in Paducah, Kentucky. The primary objective of this contract is to perform infrastructure services at the Paducah Site.

DOE EM’s Ike White Outlines Complex-Wide Vision for 2020

EM plans a wide range of accomplishments in 2020, including some that have been years in the making and that promise to significantly advance the cleanup mission, EM Senior Advisor Ike White told a key stakeholder audience on Jan. 31.

Three Roots Capital Reports 2019 Highlights, Announces New Board Member

Knoxville-based Three Roots Capital outlined its successes during 2019 in a recently-issued newsletter that also noted the addition of a new member to its Board of Directors.

Jeannette Bouchard Named Group Manager of Workforce Development Programs

Jeannette Bouchard has been promoted to group manager of internship and fellowship programs that ORISE manages to support federal workforce development.  In her new role, Bouchard will oversee all aspects of 10 ORISE internship and fellowship programs, including leadership of 24 program staff. She will be responsible for approximately 2,600 participants who range in experience from college faculty and students to pre-college participants during their time in ORISE research participation programs

An Unanswered Question at the Heart of the U.S.’s Nuclear Arsenal

The United States has an arsenal of some 3,800 nuclear weapons, about half of which are deployed, with the rest in storage. The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) and the nuclear weapons laboratories it oversees are concerned that the performance of the weapons will degrade over time.

Y-12, Pantex Teams Recognized by NNSA Defense Programs

Thirteen Consolidated Nuclear Security project teams representing more than 570 employees were recognized recently by the National Nuclear Security Administration for their work supporting the national security missions of Y-12 National Security Complex and the Pantex Plant.