Monday, June 8, 2015
ORNL in the News

Clothes DryerORNL is creating a heat-less clothes dryer

(WBIR) A dryer of the future is in the works at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It could make your home safer and more energy efficient. It could be as affordable as your current clothes dryer. "It consumes almost five to ten times less energy," said Ayyoub Momen with ORNL...6/5

Manhattan Project park will require cooperation, planning

(WBIR) The National Park Service and the Department of Energy are teaming up in the effort to create a new three-state national park to celebrate the history of the atomic bomb..This new park with open up currently restricted areas in Oak Ridge National Laboratory here in Tennessee, Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington, and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico..6/7

Ferritic SteelUT, ORNL win nuke grants

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy today announced more than $60M in nuclear energy research and infrastructure awards, and the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory were among the recipients...6/5

HFIR to emerge from year’s longest outage

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is scheduled for restart on Tuesday, June 9, following the longest outage of the year — 81 days...6/5

Science and Technology

Puzzling global warming 'pause' was illusion

(Nature News) An apparent pause in global warming might have been a temporary mirage, according to recent analysis. Global average temperatures have continued to rise throughout the first part of the twenty-first century, researchers report on 5 June in Science1. That finding, which contradicts the 2013 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is based on an update of the global temperature records...6/4

Energy and Science Policy

MIT Report Calls for Renewed U.S. Investment in Basic Research

(AIP) A new report published by the MIT Committee to Evaluate the Innovation Deficit calls for the U.S. to shore up its declining investments in basic research, highlighting fifteen under-exploited areas of science and technology in which the authors believe a more robust basic research investment would help to improve society...6/4

DOE

Energy Department Invests $60 Million to Advance Nuclear Technology

(Energy.gov) Today, the Energy Department announced more than $60 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. Sixty-eight projects from across the country were selected based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions...6/5

DOE cites former Y-12 contractor; proposes $150K fine

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy has issued a preliminary notice of violations against Babcock & Wilcox Y-12 Technical Services, the government’s former contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, for two incidents in 2013 and proposed a total fine of $150,000...6/5

Local and State

Coal ash spill workers given second chance in court

(WBIR) The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced they completed cleaning up the December 2008 coal ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Fuel plant. Despite that completion, the company hired by TVA to clean up the spill is under federal investigation for a second time...6/5

Nuclear plantStudy criticizes White House suggestion to sell TVA

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) A new study commissioned by the Economic Policy Institute suggests that selling or privatizing the Tennessee Valley Authority would raise power costs and hurt economic development and research in TVA's seven-state region...6/5

Sarah HeyburnTennessee begins Common Core standards review

(WBIR) Tennessee embarked on its review of Common Core State Standards this week with a room full of educators at The Inn at Opryland in Nashville. The group, which started its review Wednesday, will spend a total of five days at the hotel and then will meet numerous times over the next year...6/6