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December 2013

On Dec. 18-19, 2013, the United States hosted a visit by delegations from France and the United Kingdom to see experimental facilities at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) related to stockpile stewardship, arms control and nonproliferation.  Discussions included technical issues associated with the goals identified in the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference Action Plan. 

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Policy and technical representatives from the United States, United Kingdom, and France visiting the U1a Underground Research Complex at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada National Security Site.

U.S.-UK-France Discuss Stockpile Stewardship, Arms Control and Nonproliferation

Wireless networks have become commonplace in homes, restaurants and retail environments, but up until now, they have not been suitable for secure environments. That may be about to change.

NNSA’s Savannah River Tritium Enterprise (SRTE) has begun a year-long test using secure wireless technology in a tritium air monitoring system. The test is an important step in demonstrating the ability to reap the benefits of wireless technology in a secure environment, with potential for applications across the NNSA, other federal agencies and critical manufacturing facilities. The Savannah River National Laboratory designed and fabricated a prototype wireless Tritium Air Monitoring cart, funded by SRTE’s Plant-Directed Research and Development program. NNSA and its sites around the country could benefit greatly from the ability to use this type of wireless technology for radiation monitoring in nuclear facilities, where monitoring is essential for operating the equipment safely and protecting personnel. Advantages of wireless, compared to a wired system, include lower cost, greater reliability and freedom of movement.

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Prototype system brings advantages of wireless technology to secure environment

Y-12 historian Ray Smith was among the recipients at the recent East Tennessee Economic Council annual Muddy Boot Award ceremony.

The Muddy Boot Award was created in the 1970s to honor individuals who have gone above the call of duty — like those who served the nation during the Manhattan Project — to make the community, the state of Tennessee and the nation a better place to live and work. More than 70 people have received the award since that time. A full list of recipients and more information about the award can be found on the ETEC website.

According to an ETEC news release, Smith’s more than four decades of service to Y-12 “provides him a deep understanding and appreciation the heritage of Y-12 and the Oak Ridge community.”

Smith came to Y-12 in 1970 as an electronics technician, but it wasn’t until 2005 that he joined the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs as the complex’s official historian — after demonstrating his indispensable knowledge of the plant during infrastructure reduction, the release said. From tours of select facilities and a newly updated history center, to video productions and countless public appearances, Smith has educated people around the country about Oak Ridge through his passion and dedication to preserving history.

He also has testified in front of congress in support of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park legislation.

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Ray Smith, left, is one of three recipients of this year's Muddy Boot award from the East Tennessee Economic Council.

 Y-12’s historian receives 2013 Muddy Boot Award

B&W Y-12 President and General Manager Chuck Spencer, pictured at left, and B&W Y-12 Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager for Projects Jim Haynes present a $75,000 donation to Emory Valley Center President Jennifer Enderson. The funds will go toward the center’s capital campaign to construct a much-needed facility for the developmentally challenged of East Tennessee.

B&W Y-12 donates $75,000 to Emory Valley Center

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