Monday, September 14, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL Will Extend Centrus’ Contract for Advanced Uranium Enrichment Centrifuge Research at Reduced Level

(Business Wire) Centrus Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: LEU) confirmed today that Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has informed Centrus that it intends to extend its contract with the Company at a reduced level for research on the world’s most advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges...9/13

Electric Vehicle DashboardA highway that charges your electric car

(MSN Money) "Range anxiety" -- aka running out of batteries -- is the biggest concern for buyers of electric cars. Oak Ridge National Laboratory may have just discovered an $80 billion cure...9/11

TitanThe future is now, right?

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Student interns at Oak Ridge National Laboratory get a chance to do all sorts of things that would be unimaginable in normal settings for kids in their teens or early 20s. It’s like a cool dream come true...9/10

Unions to begin contract negotiations at ORNL

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) It’s not clear what prompted the move, but UT-Battelle — the government’s managing contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory — reportedly approached the Atomic Trades and Labor Council about getting a head start on negotiations for a new contract...9/11

Science and Technology

Souther OceansSouthern Ocean sucks up more carbon dioxide than was thought

(Nature News) The Southern Ocean, which each year soaks up billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, has reversed a worrying decline in its annual intake of the greenhouse gas. The finding comes as little surprise to climate scientists, who thought it inevitable that at some point the vast ocean around Antarctica would start absorbing more CO2 as atmospheric concentrations of the gas rise...9/11

Energy and Science Policy

CityscapeDOE releases new energy technology report

(Science Magazine/AAS) The 400-plus page Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR) released yesterday by the Department of Energy (DOE) is “far better than any sleeping pill,” Michael Knotek, DOE’s deputy under secretary for science and energy, quipped yesterday following the document’s public release at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of AAAS (publisher of ScienceInsider). “It will stun you to sleep, and you can use it for years for that purpose.”..9/11


Is Piketon site victim of dysfunctional relationship?

(Chillicothe Gazette) PIKETON — “It’s not you, it’s me.” Had this been a personal relationship, that would have been the breakup line the U.S. Department of Energy would have used to part ways with the community of stakeholders involved with work on the DOE site in Piketon...9/14

Nuclear bomb material was found in laundry truck leaving Y-12

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) An Energy Department inspector general's report is critical of the Y-12 National Security Complex's response after small vials of bomb-grade uranium almost left the plant on a laundry truck. The Friday report says the Oak Ridge facility took corrective actions after the January 2014 incident but didn't address all the issues. For example, there was a delay in notifying the plant shift superintendent...9/8

Construction on Y-12 mercury treatment plant could start in 2018, cost $146 million

(Oak Ridge Today) Construction on a mercury treatment plant at the Y-12 National Security Complex could start in 2018 and cost $146 million, a federal official said Wednesday. The plant would treat mercury contamination that originates in the West End Mercury Area at Y-12, flows through storm drains, and enters Upper East Fork Poplar Creek at a point known as Outfall 200. East Fork Poplar Creek flows through Oak Ridge...9/10

Local and State

Tennessee FlagHearings scheduled on proposed changes to Tenn. records laws

(WATE) The state Office of Open Records Counsel is holding a series of hearings this week about a proposal to make taxpayers pay to inspect public records in Tennessee. Under current law government officials can charge for photocopies of public records, but viewing them is free. Records custodians often prohibit citizens from taking pictures or scanning records themselves...9/14