On Sept. 28, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm joined leadership and top scientists and engineers online at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for a two-hour whirlwind tour. At 14 stops, researchers highlighted the lab’s world-class facilities and projects that enable leading-edge scientific discoveries and innovations that address some of the nation’s most compelling scientific and technical challenges.
The U.S. Department of Defense has announced the awarding of five grants totaling approximately $25 million under the “Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program” administered by its Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation, and a University of Tennessee, Knoxville-led consortium is one of the recipients.
The era of constrained federal science budgets is over. With Congress poised to boost public spending on research and development (R&D) by anywhere from tens of billions to hundreds of billions of dollars, science agencies may be preparing for an infusion of federal money on a grand scale that has the potential to transform the institutions of science and technology.
Congress needs to take swift action to build a domestic supply of high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) to fuel advanced reactors, the American Nuclear Society declares in a September 14 letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
OREM is preparing the next wave of buildings for demolition at the Y-12 National Security Complex as part of a new chapter of cleanup in Oak Ridge. Crews are deactivating three contaminated facilities at Y-12 after transitioning them to a “cold and dark” status in which all potential hazardous energy sources are isolated — a crucial step before full-scale deactivation. The massive cleanup at Y-12 is happening simultaneously with other cleanup projects underway at ORNL, where crews are addressing 16 inactive research reactor and isotope facilities.