Monday, December 22, 2014
ORNL in the News

Paul LanganPaul Langan to head ORNL’s neutron sciences

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Paul Langan was announced today as Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s new associate lab director for neutron sciences, overseeing the Spallation Neutron Source and the High Flux Isotope Reactors and the slew of neutron-based research that takes place at ORNL...12/19

James HackORNL’s James Hack elected fellow of American Meteorological Society

(Oak Ridge Today) The American Meteorological Society has elected James Hack as a 2015 fellow. Hack, who is the director of the National Center for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was cited for his "outstanding contributions to advancing the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society."...12/19

Science and Technology

NASA’s new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission provides first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide

(Maine Times) NASA's new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission has come up with the first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The maps have clearly demonstrated the increased level of carbon dioxide in the Southern Hemisphere...12/22


Energy and Science Policy

Kingston Fossil Fuel PlantEPA sets first national standard for coal waste, 6 years after coal ash spill

(WATE) The Obama administration has set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity. The regulation treats it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material...12/19


DOE announces SRS cleanup milestone

(Orangeburg Times and Democrat) The Department of Energy reached a major milestone Friday in efforts to clean up the Cold War legacy at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, and took a step forward to closing additional radioactive tanks at the site...12/20

Local and State

Gas tax increase gains momentum in Tennessee

(The Tennessean) A push is mounting for Tennessee's first gas tax increase in a quarter-century, buoyed by growing interest from Gov. Bill Haslam and Republican legislative leaders who have historically opposed tax hikes of any sort...12/21

TVA cuts controversial tree policy, seeks lawsuit dismissal

(WBIR) The Tennessee Valley Authority has backed off a controversial tree-trimming policy that led several homeowners to file a lawsuit in federal court. The policy, which was put in place in 2012, called for TVA to remove any trees within its power line easements that could grow more than 15 feet high...12/20

Year of milestones for Tennessee entrepreneurs

(The Tennessean) Tennessee is known for its ability to foster entrepreneurship and business growth by facilitating connections between startups and capital. In 2014, the state continued to forge those relationships, but also provided many more innovative ways to grow business that attracted the attention of investors across the Southeast and around the nation...12/21

Tennessee posts impressive manufacturing numbers

(Memphis Business Journal) According to the 2015 Tennessee Manufacturers Register, since September 2012, the state has recovered 17 percent of jobs lost during the recession. That rate of recovery is outpacing the total U.S. gain by 3.3 percent...12/19