ORNL in the News

Federal Weatherization Assistance Program Provides Benefits Four Times Its Costs

(NRDC) The federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides low-income households with more than $13,000 in energy, health, and safety benefits - four times the cost - according to recently released data that contrasts sharply with a controversial working paper that drew overly broad conclusions about the effectiveness of all residential energy efficiency programs...8/24

ORNL chemical sampling interface features simplicity, speed 

(R&D Magazine) In mere seconds, a system developed at the U.S. Dept. of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory can identify and characterize a solid or liquid sample, providing a valuable tool with applications in material science, forensics, pharmaceuticals, biology and chemistry...8/26

Commerce secretary to tour UT partner IACMI, ORNL manufacturing facility

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The group will tour the U.S. Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and National Transportation Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is a key strategic partner of IACMI and led the proposal efforts with ORNL...8/26

DoE to Crank Out New Plutonium-238 in 2019

(Space News) The U.S. Department of Energy will start producing new plutonium-238 for deep space missions around 2019, but production will ramp up slowly, and NASA still has not committed to setting aside any of the isotope for small missions...8/26

Science and Technology

Particles From The Edge Of Space Shine A Light On Fukushima

(NPR) It's one of the greatest, and most disturbing, questions of the Fukushima disaster: What happened to the nuclear fuel inside the plant? Now physicists are trying to shed some light on the problem using particles from the edge of space...8/24

Energy and Science Policy

House Science Committee Chairman Introduces NSF Bill

(AIP) Before Congress left for its summer recess, House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced a bill that, according to a committee statement, “holds NSF accountable for how taxpayer dollars are spent.”...8/26

DOE

Guess to oversee nuclear safety

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Consolidated Nuclear Security, the government’s managing contractor at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants, has hired Ken Guess to be director of nuclear safety oversight...8/25

CD-1 milestone on proposed mercury-treatment facility; cost estimate rises to $146M

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Sue Cange, the Department of Energy’s environmental manager in Oak Ridge, said the team has received approval from DOE headquarters to proceed with design of a new mercury-treatment facility at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...8/25

President Obama Announces More Than a Billion Dollars in Energy Department Initiatives to Advance Innovative Clean Energy Technologies

(Energy.gov) ...As part of the President’s Clean Power Plan, DOE’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) is making up to one billion dollars in loan guarantees available to support commercial-scale distributed energy projects, such as rooftop solar with storage and smart grid technology...8/24

Local and State

Rocky Top nuclear

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The American Nuclear Society recently chose the University of Tennessee’s student chapter as the nation’s best, awarding the UT group the Samuel Glasstone Award. Steve Skutnik, assistant professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department, said in a statement, “I think this shows that we are becoming a recognized leader for what we do.”...8/24

Knox County climbs the ranks for tourism  

(Daily Beacon) Last year, Knox and Sevier County pulled in $3 billion as part of a record-breaking $18 billion state record, according data recorded by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development...8/27