Friday, June 15, 2012
ORNL in the News

Weapons disposal at least a year away

(Winchester Sun) Residents of communities surrounding the Blue Grass Army Depot learned Wednesday that the proposed disposal of more than 15,000 chemical weapons stored at the facility won’t begin for at least another year...The assessment, which will take about a year to complete, will be performed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will look at the possible impact the process would have to human health and the environment...6/14

Holly WarlickLady Vols coach helps ORNL kick off United Way drive

(Oak Ridge Today) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is already one of the United Way’s largest regional contributors, and officials said they hope to raise even more money this year...6/14

DOE

EMWMFDOE's Waste Management Facility marks 10 years of operation

(Oak Ridger) After 10 years of operation, the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility (EMWMF) has safely dispositioned 1.45 million tons of waste from cleanup projects across the U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Reservation...6/14

Department of Energy Forms Efficiency Committee

(Sustainable Business News) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has formed an interagency committee to test and evaluate energy efficient technologies that can be deployed across the federal government and save taxpayer money...6/14

State & Regional

UT economic report: Hopes for faster growth in 2012 'dashed'

(WBIR) A new report by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville shows hopes for faster economic growth on a state and national level have been deflated, but there is still some good news...6/14

National

Egyptian ProtestEgypt court rules entire parliament illegally elected, orders body to dissolve after unconstitutional vote

(CBS News) Egypt's highest court on Thursday ordered the country's Islamist-dominated parliament dissolved and ruled that the last prime minister to serve under Hosni Mubarak could stay in the presidential race...6/14

Liquidity Bailout From Central Banks If Greek Elections Wreak Market Havoc, Report Says

(Forbes) The European rumor mill returned with a vengeance on Thursday, fueling an impressive stock rally during the last hour of trade...6/14

East Tennessee

BlackwoodJudge Blackwood threatens DA with contempt, refuses to recuse self in Christian/Newsom retrials

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood is tired of being the fall guy. That much was clear Thursday after a hearing that began with an hourlong speech and ended with a fiery exchange between Blackwood and Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols...6/15

energy & science policy

Amendment on Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Account Funding Defeated

(AIP) During House consideration of H.R. 5325, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act for FY 2013, an amendment was offered to increase the appropriation for the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account...6/14

EPA is set to announce tougher soot standards

(Philadelphia Inquirer) The Environmental Protection Agency will announce a proposal Friday to tighten the nation's soot standards, a move that could help deliver major health benefits by the end of the decade but force some oil refiners, manufacturers, and other operations to invest in pollution-abatement upgrades...6/15

science & technology

Neandertal HandsAncient stencils may show Neanderthal hands

(TG Daily) The well-known cave paintings at El Castillo in Northern Spain possibly weren't produced by modern humans at all, say scientists, but by Neanderthals. New dating techniques show that the images date back at least 40,800 years, making them Europe's oldest known cave art, and probably predate the arrival of modern humans...6/15

metallic hydrogenMetallic hydrogen: Hard pressed

(Nature News) Mikhail Eremets and Ivan Troyan work only with the very best, gem-quality diamonds. Nothing else can handle the stresses involved — not when the two physicists make a habit of forcing the diamonds' tips together until the pressure between them reaches levels normally found at the centre of the Earth...6/13

Other Stories

Jobless Claims Up, CPI Down: Time for the Fed to Step In?

(CNBC) U.S. consumer prices fell in May by the most in more than three years as households paid less for gasoline, possibly giving the U.S. Federal Reserve more room to help an economy that is showing signs of weakening...6/14

Invasive Species DockTsunami Dock Is "Alien Mother Ship" of Species

(National Geographic)...Likened to an "alien mother ship" of invasive species, an enormous Japanese dock—set free more than a year ago by that country's deadly tsunami and earthquake—landed on an Oregon beach last week, as seen in a picture snapped last Thursday...6/13