In honor of Earth Day, Y-12 displayed several sustainability booths in the Jack Case Center gallery April 19. Various on-site organizations, including the Uranium Processing Facility, Sustainability and Stewardship, Development, and the Energy Program, shared how they reduce and reuse. External organizations including the @national park service, @knoxsmarttrips, and @TennesseeWildlifeResourcesAgency also shared tips with employees. At the LiveWise booth, employees could donate used (and not abused) athletic shoes and eyeglasses.
The Aluminum Beverage Can Committee also selected four charities that will receive a $200 donation from proceeds made from recycling employees’ ABCs. The organizations selected are Free Medical Clinic in Oak Ridge, Koinonia Foundation of Tennessee, Remote Area Medical, and the Restoration House of East Tennessee.
NNSA Administrator and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Lisa Gordon-Hagerty recently visited
At an all-hands meeting held at New Hope Center, Gordon-Hagerty shared her top priorities: infrastructure, governance, leveraging capabilities, and teamwork.
She also got to meet with Calutron Girl Ruth Huddleston.
CNS recently hosted its inaugural Fellows Colloquium at
“This is our declaration—that we are an organization that does work of tremendous scientific and technical significance for our nation, and this work requires the very best. It’s our most senior scientific and technical rank or title and connotes that we are engaged in activities that merit this level of personnel — equal to what occurs elsewhere in high-technology industries,” said Smith.
Glenn Pfennigwerth (Uranium Fellow), Alan Moore (Metallurgy), Vincent Lamberti (
“The colloquium was vitally important to showcase the great technical work we do and to honor the individuals who are leading us into the future,” said Ashley Stowe, CNS Fellows program manager. “The excitement for staff at Pantex and
Family, co-workers and management came out recently to congratulate the seventh group of graduates from the
The graduating class was made up of eight machinists who completed the four-year program, which is a partnership between Consolidated Nuclear Security and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council, with classwork provided by Pellissippi State Community College.
Atomic Trades and Labor Council President Mike Thompson pointed to the valuable relationship CNS and the ATLC have created with the Apprentice Program, and he extended thanks to the members of both groups that make up the
“This is a great accomplishment for you, CNS, and our union. This is something that can never be taken from you and will provide you a path to a career that you can be proud of,” he said. “I don’t have to tell you how good these jobs are. Take care of them for those who will follow you. As a young man in the late ‘70s and early ’80s, I could only hope for the opportunity that you have had to participate in this program.”
Y-12’s expertise in handling uranium was called upon in 2010 for Project Golden Llama. The project took highly enriched uranium from Chile, which was the fifth country to remove all of its HEU after an international call for countries to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials within four years.
During shipment preparations, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake occurred off the Chilean coast causing widespread damage to surrounding areas. Contingency plans were made, and the shipment made its way to Oak Ridge with minimal delay.