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August 2012

Jim Haynes displays the congratulatory plaque given to Y-12 Construction

A celebration was held yesterday to mark the safety milestone of Y-12’s Direct-Hire Construction team for working one million hours, covering a 633-day period, without a lost-time injury. Some 285 people including building trade crafts, non-manual staff and escorts worked without a lost-time accident during this period. The Construction team’s last lost workday was in September 2010.

Y‑12 Direct-Hire Construction craft worked on more than 125 projects and supported another 35 subcontracted projects important to the Y‑12 mission.

Read about the one million-hour milestone.

About the photos:
Jim Haynes, B&W Y-12 senior vice president and deputy general manager for projects, displays the congratulatory plaque given to Y-12 Construction and the Knoxville Building and Construction Trades Council for accomplishing 1 million safe man-hours.

This week, a NNSA helicopter has been flying at a low-level altitude over portions of California's Bay Area. The helicopter crew has been taking measurements of naturally-occurring background radiation. The survey is expected to be completed on Saturday, Sept. 1.

The flyovers are a part of a joint research project between NNSA and the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. NNSA’s twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter is operated by the Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measuring System in Las Vegas, Nev.

Photo by Victor Negut, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative holds a Feds Feeds Family face-off

In support of DOE/NNSA’s efforts to support the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Feds Feed Families campaign to collect non-perishable food items for food banks across the country, NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) holds a Feds Feed Families face-off. The face-off is a friendly intra-office competition to see who between the three GTRI program offices can bring in the most donations for local families in need. This year, GTRI’s Office of European and African Threat Reduction won the face-off with a donation of 416.5 pounds of food. Most importantly, GTRI as a whole shattered its goal of 700 pounds, donating 1115.6 pounds of food to Washington, D.C., area food banks.

About the photo:
GTRI’s Office of European and African Threat Reduction won this year’s Feds Feed Families face-off.

Project Manager Janice Clark gives a safety briefing.

NNSA’s Pantex Plant took a significant step toward energy modernization last week by installing new metering technology at its steam plant.

Electric and gas meters were installed on the steam plant’s utilities to provide detailed data on energy usage, which will then provide the information needed to reduce energy intensity.

Pantex has been aggressively executing the metering plan along with dozens of other energy and environmental initiatives, establishing itself as a leader within the nuclear security enterprise.

Read more about Pantex’s new meters.

About the photo:
Project Manager Janice Clark, right, points out potential hazards during a safety briefing prior to the installation of electric and gas meters at the Pantex Steam Plant. Workers installed the “smart meters” in the steam plant, which uses over half the energy consumed on the site, as part of an effort to better track and control energy usage.