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Y-12 recently collected thousands of individual items for Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties’ annual school supply drive as part of the United Way Days of Caring drive. The total includes more than 230 boxes of crayons and markers, 320 notebooks, 300 glue sticks, and 220 packs of pens and pencils. Employees also donated more than $2,500.

After being counted and sorted on-site, the supplies were delivered to ADFAC, where they were made available to qualifying area students. The program has served more than 20,000 disadvantaged students since it began in 1989, including more than 1,900 K–12 students this year alone.

About the photo:
From left to right: Y-12 employees Stacy DeMonbrun, Judy Allen, Stacy Cotton, Dana Davis, Becky Hook (ADFAC), Janie Hoard, Susan Beckham, Telesa Kaye Weaver, and John Fellers deliver school supplies to ADFAC. Photo by Scott Fraker

Y-12 collects back to school supplies

Sep 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

Pantex firefighters flush water from a fire hydrant at the Plant this week. Each of the 250 hydrants on the Plant are flushed and tested annually to ensure they function properly and flow enough water to provide fire protection capabilities at Pantex.

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Sep 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

The Savannah River Tritium Enterprise took advantage of a recent multi-week outage to safely complete a complicated array of tasks.

During the long-planned outage to start up the replacement to the Automated Reservoir Management System (ARMS), SRTE took advantage of the shut-down conditions to perform an assortment of needed upgrades, replacements and maintenance in the Tritium Facilities without impact to operations. Through careful attention, making use of a “War Room” approach that provided central coordination of all the tasks, SRTE personnel completed the complex ballet of simultaneous work with zero injuries.

SRTE's last injury requiring time away from work was back in 2008. That's more than four million safe work hours.

The careful use of good radiological practices meant that the work was also completed without employees receiving any radiation dose and without allowing the escape of contamination. For one major task, which involved opening a glovebox designed to isolate contaminated items, a large containment hut was placed around the glovebox, which effectively controlled contamination. Employees made almost 300 entries into the hut, wearing plastic suits for protection against airborne exposure, receiving no dose.

About the photo:
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions President and CEO Dwayne Wilson congratulates Savannah River Tritium Enterprise employees on the safe completion of the ARMS Outage.

Savannah River maintains safety focus through multiple tasks

Sep 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

Members of the Savannah River Tritium Enterprise's Fire Protection department have taken their expertise out into the local community, joining with other members of the local Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) to install a new sprinkler system in the sleeping quarters of a local fire station.

The Silver Bluff Volunteer Fire Department station in rural Aiken County, S.C., was destroyed by a tornado in 2009. One of the last steps in the long rebuilding effort was to design and install a new fire protection sprinkler system in the area where on-call firefighters sleep. The Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) chapter of SFPE adopted the project as one of their volunteer activities, and spent two Saturdays installing the new equipment.

The Silver Bluff Volunteer Fire Department is a 100 percent volunteer department that serves 4,000 people. The CSRA Chapter of SFPE includes fire protection engineers from the Savannah River Site contractors Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and Savannah River Remediation, as well as other engineering firms from the local area.

About the photo:
Don Shelley and Eric Johnson, both of SRNS Savannah River Tritium  Enterprise, install a sprinkler system at the Silver Bluff Fire Station. Johnson is incoming president of the CSRA Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

 Savannah River Site Fire Protection engineers work in the community

Sep 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories this week. While in Los Alamos, he visited LANL and the new biological laboratory built by the New Mexico Consortium to explore alternative fuel sources from algae and other plants. Secretary Moniz said that Los Alamos and all the DOE labs have a major role in addressing two key initiatives of the President. While at Sandia, Moniz held a meeting with labs staff and saw presentations from researchers showcasing Sandia technology in topics ranging from solar and photovoltaics, to energy and climate.

About the photos:
(top) Dick Sayre, left, of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Bioscience Division and the New Mexico Consortium, briefs DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology President Daniel Lopez, New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan Tuesday at the New Mexico Consortium biological laboratory.
(bottom) Mark Taylor, Lead Developer for Numerical Analysis & Applications at Sandia, gives a presentation to Sandia President & Laboratories Director Paul Hommert, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Jill Hruby, Vice President, Energy, Nonproliferation & High Consequence Security and the International, Homeland & Nuclear Security Mission).

Energy Secretary Moniz visits Los Alamos, Sandia labs

Energy Secretary Moniz visits Los Alamos, Sandia labs

Sep 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm

DOE and NNSA employees still have the opportunity to participate in DOE’s Feeds Families campaign. The deadline for the campaign has been extended through Friday, Sept. 6. The goal is to collect more than 212,000 pounds of non-perishable items.

Employees can drop off non-perishable items in boxes located throughout the Forrestal, Germantown and L’Enfant buildings or at field offices. Collected items will be donated to local food banks and distributed to those in need.

DOE Feeds Families campaign extended through Friday, Sept. 6

DOE Feeds Families campaign extended through Friday, Sept. 6

Sep 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Employees reach 3.6 million hours working safely at midway point of one of the largest industrial moves in the United States

U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri’s 5th District stopped by the new National Security Campus to congratulate employees for working 3.6 million hours safely during one of the largest industrial moves in the nation.

As the massive relocation effort nears the midway point, employees briefly paused to enjoy some ice cream at a “half-time” rally. Cleaver and KCFO Manager Mark Holecek praised employees for keeping safety and security a primary focus and reiterated the importance of the plant’s national security mission.

The massive relocation of the manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Mo. to the new National Security Campus began in January 2013. The relocation teams have safely and securely moved a wide range of equipment including tools weighing as little as six ounces to a milling machine weighing 87,000 pounds. By the end of the move in August 2014, about 3,000 truckloads will have transported thousands of pieces of equipment and 30,000 crates – which if stacked would be more than five times the height of Mount Everest.

This on-time, on-budget project represents a significant part of federal government’s focus on modernization and infrastructure investment. The modern engineering and manufacturing campus showcases innovation and cost savings, highlighted by environmentally efficient features.

U.S. Representative Cleaver congratulates KCP employees for safety record during

Aug 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Pete Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, recently visited Sandia. During his visit, Lyons received a review of the Brayton Cycle Laboratory and the Cylindrical Boiling Laboratory. The tour was led by Steve Rottler, Vice President of Sandia's California laboratory.

Pete Lyons visits Sandia California

Aug 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Lawrence Livermore's National Ignition Facility (NIF) recently focused all 192 of its ultra-powerful laser beams on a tiny deuterium-tritium filled capsule. In the nanoseconds that followed, the capsule imploded and released a neutron yield of nearly 3x1015, or approximately 8,000 joules of neutron energy – approximately three times NIF's previous neutron yield record for cryogenic implosions.

The primary mission of NIF is to provide experimental insight and data for NNSA's science-based stockpile stewardship program. The experiment attained conditions not observed since the days of underground nuclear weapons testing and represents an important milestone in the continuing demonstration that the stockpile can be kept safe, secure and reliable without a return to testing.

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About the photo:
The preamplifiers of the National Ignition Facility are the first step in increasing the energy of laser beams as they make their way toward the target chamber.

 Laser fusion experiment yields record energy at NIF

Aug 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Pantex saves 00,000 by repurposing old trailerBy repurposing an old decontamination trailer, rather than buying a new one, B&W Pantex Radiation Safety personnel recently saved Pantex approximately $100,000.

In 2012, the search began for ways to improve the emergency response capabilities of the Pantex Radiation Safety Department with a mobile decontamination trailer. The purchase of a new trailer through the U.S. General Services Administration was approved at a cost of $122,000, but B&W Pantex kept searching for a less expensive alternative.

The search led to an available trailer already at Pantex that was in critical need of repair. After a lengthy search, employees from the Radiation Safety Department found a local business that could refurbish the trailer for $23,000.Pantex saves 00,000 by repurposing old trailer

The trailer is fully equipped with four showering units, water supply, self-contained waste handling, two 80-pound propane tanks and its own generator. It is intended for use in decontaminating victims in the unlikely event of a radiological or chemical accident. The trailer is currently slated to be used to decontaminate victims prior to moving them into the site’s medical facilities, but it remains mobile and could be used in other locations. 

Through innovative thinking and a willingness to look for new solutions to existing problems, B&W Pantex personnel improved the radiation safety capabilities of the site while utilizing a local small business to control the cost of the project.

 

About the photos:
Members of the Pantex Radiation Safety Department conduct training utilizing a new decontamination trailer the department had refurbished, saving about $100,000 as compared to the cost of a new trailer.

 Pantex saves 00,000 by repurposing old trailer

Aug 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm