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  • 'Tennessine' acknowledges state institutions' roles in element's discovery

    12/02/2016 4:39:37 AM PST · by bert · 20 replies
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory ^ | November 30, 2016 | Bill Cabbage
    The recently discovered element 117 has been officially named "tennessine" in recognition of Tennessee’s contributions to its discovery, including the efforts of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its Tennessee collaborators at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee. "The presence of tennessine on the Periodic Table is an affirmation of our state's standing in the international scientific community, including the facilities ORNL provides to that community as well as the knowledge and expertise of the laboratory's scientists and technicians," ORNL Director Thom Mason said.
  • ORNL achieves milestone with plutonium-238 sample

    12/25/2015 12:08:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 12/22/2015 | Ron Walli
    With the production of 50 grams of plutonium-238, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have restored a U.S. capability dormant for nearly 30 years and set the course to provide power for NASA and other missions. ... Researchers will analyze the sample for chemical purity and plutonium-238 content, then verify production efficiency models and determine whether adjustments need to be made before scaling up the process. ... There are currently only 35 kilograms, or about 77 pounds, of plutonium-238 set aside for NASA missions, and only about half of this supply meets power specifications. This is...
  • Former F.B.I. Agent Sues, Claiming Retaliation Over Misgivings in Anthrax Case

    04/16/2015 10:30:01 AM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 April 2015 | Scott Shane
    When Bruce E. Ivins, an Army microbiologist, took a fatal overdose of Tylenol in 2008, the government declared that he had been responsible for the anthrax letter attacks of 2001, which killed five people and set off a nationwide panic, and closed the case. Now, a former senior F.B.I. agent who ran the anthrax investigation for four years says that the bureau gathered “a staggering amount of exculpatory evidence” regarding Dr. Ivins that remains secret. The former agent, Richard L. Lambert, who spent 24 years at the F.B.I., says he believes it is possible that Dr. Ivins was the anthrax...
  • DOE Issues New Rule for Workers: Don’t Put Highly Enriched Uranium in Your Pocket

    10/31/2015 7:59:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies ^ | October 30, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    ( – Following an investigation by its inspector general, the Department of Energy has issued a new rule advising its workers to refrain from putting highly enriched uranium in their pockets.“After interviewing chemical operators and reviewing revised Y-12 procedures, we confirmed that chemical operators are no longer allowed to place samples in their pockets and must check their pockets before removing their coveralls,” said a report issued by the DOE Office of Inspector General.The report, released in September, described a safety violation that occured last year at the DOE’s Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn."We received allegations that special...
  • Police report: Motorist drives through Y-12 entrance, across plant site (TN)

    06/08/2013 12:19:10 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 9 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | June 7, 2013 | Bob Fowler
    OAK RIDGE — A woman with suspected mental issues was able to drive into the main entrance and all the way through the high-security Y-12 National Security Complex unhindered Thursday morning, according to an Oak Ridge Police Department report obtained by the News Sentinel. The security breach occurred less than a year after three protesters cut through a series of security fences and walked to the innermost sanctum of Y-12, the country’s largest repository of weapons-grade uranium.
  • Y-12 fallout: winners, losers and lots and lots of blame

    09/02/2012 9:55:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 9/2/12 | Frank Munger
    No shortage of blame after July break-in OAK RIDGE — For decades, protesters have gathered at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant on the Aug. 6 anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, to call for a halt to production of nuclear weapons at the Oak Ridge plant. A few days before this year's event, they got their wish. At least temporarily. On Aug. 1, the National Nuclear Security Administration and its Y-12 contractor announced that all nuclear operations at the Oak Ridge plant, which enriched the uranium for the "Little Boy" bomb dropped on Hiroshima during...
  • U.S nuclear bomb facility shut [down] after security breach

    08/02/2012 2:46:43 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 13 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 2 August 2012 | Mark Hosenball
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's only facility for handling, processing and storing weapons-grade uranium was temporarily shut this week after anti-nuclear activists, including an 82-year-old nun, breached security fences, government officials said on Thursday. WSI Oak Ridge, the contractor responsible for protecting the facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is owned by the international security firm G4S, which was at the center of a dispute over security at the London Olympic Games. Officials said that the facility was shut down on Wednesday at least until next week after three activists cut through perimeter fences to reach the outer wall of...
  • Prophet forecast Oak Ridge, but nobody envisioned the mud

    05/27/2012 5:56:29 AM PDT · by don-o · 18 replies
    Twenty-eight years after the prophet's death, a secret complex code-named Y-12 was built in Bear Creek, and a secret city sprang up — seemingly almost overnight — in the next valley over in the shadow of Black Oak Ridge. Not shown on any maps at the time, Oak Ridge — first called Clinton Engineering Works after the nearby town of Clinton — was born in 1942 during World War II. It was the key facility in the huge effort called the Manhattan Project to build the world's first atomic bomb.
  • Missing money from city coffers leads to Oakridge plan B: Ask citizens for a loan

    08/06/2011 9:53:23 AM PDT · by Baynative · 5 replies
    Oregon Capitol News ^ | 8/5/2011 | JACOB SZETO
    OAKRIDGE, Ore. – Oakridge is facing a serious cash shortage after its bank statement showed the City had $420,000 less than planned, prompting a city planning commissioner to solicit private loans from citizens. George Custer began seeking “investors” soon after the City acknowledged it would be laying off eight city employees, about one quarter of the staff, to fill the budget gap, saying it was a win-win for the City and the citizens.
  • A Renewable Twist on Fossil Fuels (CO2 to Methanol)

    05/09/2011 6:09:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    Science Daily ^ | May 5, 2011 | Staff
    Pulling valuable fuels out of thin air? It sounds like magic, but Joel Rosenthal, a chemist at the University of Delaware, is working to transform carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, into gas for your car and clean-energy future fuels. Such a feat could help reduce the rising CO2 levels implicated in global warming and also offer a new method of renewable energy production. Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium of 98 Ph.D.-granting universities, of which UD is a member, has selected Rosenthal to receive the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award to pursue the...
  • Oak Ridge National Lab halts email after sophisticated cyber attack over the weekend

    04/19/2011 11:24:24 AM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 2 replies
    WHNT ^ | 04/19/11 | AP
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — The Oak Ridge National Laboratory hopes to restore limited email on Tuesday after a cyber attack over the weekend. Laboratory Director Thom Mason says officials shut down electronic access to the lab Friday night after a highly sophisticated cyber attack, known as Advanced Persistent Threat, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel. Closing access ensured that no data was extracted from ORNL computers.
  • Russian arms accord may come at a cost (Senator Earmarks?)

    12/23/2010 7:09:11 PM PST · by VRWCTexan · 14 replies
    Yahoo Newa ^ | Dec 23, 2010 | Zachary Roth
    But the modernization isn't likely to be carried out in anything like a rational, cost-effective way..... It will likely include more than $6 billion dollars for a uranium processing facility, to be built at the Y-12 weapons compound in Oak Ridge, Tennessee..... Indeed, the states' two GOP senators, Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, both said that money for modernization -- and therefore, in all likelihood, pork for their district -- was a key condition of their support.
  • Four Y-12 security guards fired after testing positive for steroids (Oak Ridge nuke facility)

    07/18/2009 4:18:42 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies · 554+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | July 18, 2009 | Frank Munger
    OAK RIDGE - Four security guards at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant were fired after testing positive for steroids, a spokeswoman for Wackenhut Services Inc., the government's security contractor, confirmed Friday. The guards' union, however, is challenging two of the cases, claiming that the positive readings were linked to use of over-the-counter supplements. News of the drug firings comes just a few days after Wackenhut confirmed that three Y-12 guards had been suspended without pay for bringing electronic game devices into the inner sanctum of the high-security weapons facility. Security police officers at Y-12 are subject to regular and random...
  • A yellow light for electric cars (may raise electricity rates 40%)

    05/06/2009 11:30:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 187 replies · 3,955+ views
    In a move that will help cut oil use and greenhouse gases, at least eight big automakers are gearing up to sell new types of electric cars. GM, for example, plans to sell its Volt in 2010, while China wants to become the world's largest producer of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). And a few entrepreneurs, such as Segway inventor Dean Kamen, are designing novel prototypes. Leading the charge is President Obama. He wants carmakers to put a million PHEVs on US roads by 2015. Advocates of these next-gen cars, however, often act like someone who takes for granted that...
  • America Supports You: Grammy-Winning Oak Ridge Boys to Perform After Freedom Walk

    08/22/2008 5:08:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 99+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2008 – Award-winning music will greet participants in the 4th Annual National America Supports You Freedom Walk when they reach the Pentagon on Sept. 7. Country music group the Oak Ridge Boys will perform a musical tribute in the Pentagon’s south parking lot Sept. 7, 2008. The tribute will conclude the 4th Annual National America Supports You Freedom Walk. Defense Dept. graphic  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Country music group the Oak Ridge Boys will perform a musical tribute at the conclusion of the walk. The musical tribute has become an important part of the...
  • Workers overcook nuclear warheads at Y-12

    08/16/2008 4:10:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 146+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/16/8 | Frank Munger
    Report shows items misidentified, oven temperature too high - OAK RIDGE - A federal spokesman confirmed that Oak Ridge workers overcooked some nuclear warhead components during a drying process to such an extent that the parts could no longer be "used as intended." Beyond that, the government isn't saying much.The incident at the Y-12 National Security Complex was revealed in a June 20 report by staff of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.The timing was about a month after the Oak Ridge plant received approval to restart production work on W76 warheads, which had been delayed for more than a...
  • OAK RIDGE: Hiroshima Day brings contrasting reactions

    08/06/2008 10:58:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies · 342+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/7/8 | Bob Fowler
    Annual event near Y-12 features protest, praise of nukes - OAK RIDGE - At the minute Wednesday that an atomic bomb was dropped 63 years ago, Ralph Hutchison suddenly stopped reading somber reflections on that historic instant when the world forever changed.During the moment of silence that followed, a woman in favor of nuclear weapons could be heard in the background, defiantly singing "Onward Christian Soldiers." Such is the study in contrasts typical for the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance's annual commemoration of Hiroshima Day.In front of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, alliance members protested the production of nuclear weapons,...
  • End in sight on cleanup of WWII nuclear fuel plant (Oak Ridge, Tennessee)

    06/01/2008 10:05:53 AM PDT · by decimon · 7 replies · 96+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 1, 2008 | Duncan Mansfield
    <p>OAK RIDGE — Building the world's first full-scale uranium enrichment factory — a 45-acre monster that was the biggest industrial structure in the world at the time — took 18 months amid the race for the first atomic bomb.</p> <p>Six decades later, federal authorities think they finally have a handle on just how long it will take to clean up and tear down the long-shuttered relic of the Manhattan Project: About 15 years.</p>
  • Nuclear Secrets Allegedly Stolen From Tenn. Lab

    07/19/2007 8:15:44 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 1,488+ views
    Nuclear Secrets Allegedly Stolen From Tenn. Lab First On POSTED: 10:12 am EDT July 19, 2007 UPDATED: 10:50 am EDT July 19, 2007 NEW YORK --'s Jonathan Dienst has learned a contract worker is accused of stealing nuclear secrets from the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee. Investigators said the worker wanted to sell the secrets to a "foreign country." Investigators are calling the theft a serious breach of security at one of the country's most important nuclear research labs. Officials said there was serious concern the documents could have fallen into the hands of enemy states or...
  • China Link Suspected in Lab Hacking

    12/08/2007 5:31:17 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 7 replies · 83+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 9, 2007 | JOHN MARKOFF
    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8 — A cyber attack reported last week by one of the federal government’s nuclear weapons laboratories may have originated in China, according to a confidential memorandum distributed Wednesday to public and private security officials by the Department of Homeland Security. Security researchers said the memorandum, which was obtained by The New York Times from an executive at a private company, included a list of Web and Internet addresses that were linked to locations in China. However, they noted that such links did not prove that the Chinese government or Chinese citizens were involved in the attacks....
  • [Chinese] Hackers Launch Cyberattack on Federal Labs ["Sophisticated hit"]

    12/07/2007 1:26:59 PM PST · by charles m · 13 replies · 154+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/7/07
    A "sophisticated cyberattack" has been detected at Oak Ridge National Laboratory over the last several weeks, and authorities suspect the hackers are based in China. The breach might have compromised the personal information of thousands of visitors to the lab, according to a communiqué sent to employees. The intrusion is under active investigation by multiple agencies. FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials tell ABC News they believe the attacks originated in China with Chinese entities probing U.S. systems. Investigators have not been able to determine whether the attacks came from government or private entities in China. The statement, from...
  • Hackers Ram Through Security at Oak Ridge Lab

    12/07/2007 3:28:13 PM PST · by familyop · 3 replies · 109+ views
    TechNewsWorld ^ | 07DEC07 | Chris Maxcer
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has warned that its computer systems have been infiltrated by one or more hackers who skirted system's security to gain access to personal information on the lab's visitors. The information was then used in a phishing scheme that attempted to convince victims to open a malicious e-mail attachment. The lab has not commented on the attackers' suspected motives Hackers have penetrated an upper layer of data at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a multiprogram science and technology lab managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle. Scientists and engineers at ORNL work to...
  • Former labor leader pleading guilty to molesting teenage boy

    12/06/2007 7:38:08 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 397+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 12/6/7 | Jamie Satterfield
    Former labor leader Carl "Bubba" Scarbrough is pleading guilty this morning to molesting a teenage boy in the sauna at Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center in West Knoxville in June 2005. The plea in Knox County Criminal Court comes after newly filed court records indicate the 13-year-old boy might not be Scarbrough's only victim. In a stunning set of records filed in Knox County Criminal Court by Assistant District Attorney General Willie Lane, witness after witness recount Scarbrough allegedly spied on them in either a fitness center shower or sauna while masturbating. "Surely, he's not doing what I think...
  • Car Crashes at Nuclear Weapons Plant

    07/30/2007 10:51:22 AM PDT · by AliVeritas · 3 replies · 829+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2007 | AP
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - A driver ran a checkpoint at a nuclear weapons plant early Monday and crashed into a barrier, then fled on foot, authorities said. Guards at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, a primary storehouse for bomb-grade uranium, said the man "appeared to be impaired in some way" when they stopped him around 5 a.m. at a security checkpoint near a rear entrance, spokesman Bill Wilburn said. They asked him for identification, but the man hit the gas and drove through the checkpoint, then crashed into security barriers a short distance away, Wilburn said. "When he hit...
  • TN: Car Crashes at Nuclear Weapons Plant (driver ran checkpoint, crashed into barrier, fled on foot)

    07/30/2007 9:54:37 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 2,082+ views
    ap on ^ | 7/30/07 | AP
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - A driver ran a checkpoint at a nuclear weapons plant early Monday and crashed into a barrier, then fled on foot, authorities said. Guards at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, a primary storehouse for bomb-grade uranium, said the man "appeared to be impaired in some way" when they stopped him around 5 a.m. at a security checkpoint near a rear entrance, spokesman Bill Wilburn said. They asked him for identification, but the man hit the gas and drove through the checkpoint, then crashed into security barriers a short distance away, Wilburn said. "When he hit...
  • Ex-worker charged with trying to sell uranium-enrichment components

    07/19/2007 10:25:29 PM PDT · by gpapa · 279+ views
    Knoxville News ^ | | Frank Munger & Jamie Satterfield
    A former maintenance worker at the East Tennessee Technology Park pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday to charges of attempting to sell potentially sensitive components used for uranium enrichment to the French government. Roy Lynn Oakley, 67, of Harriman, faces a two-count indictment charging that he stole pieces of equipment from October 2006 to Jan. 26, 2007 at the Oak Ridge site, for the purpose of selling them. More seriously, he is charged with offering the material to France “to injure the United States and secure an advantage to a foreign nation.” He is free on $25,000 bond and...
  • DEVELOPING: Sinkhole on Pellissippi Parkway

    05/07/2007 7:36:37 PM PDT · by Tennessee_Bob · 20 replies · 1,596+ views
    WBIR Television ^ | 07May07 | Tonja Burk
    Officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation are now evaluating a sinkhole that opened up Monday evening on Pellissippi Parkway. Its in the southbound lanes of Pellissippi, just south of where the Parkway merges with Oak Ridge Highway. The hole looks to be about four feet wide on the surface, but a TDOT geologist says its at least 25 feet across, and goes under both southbound lanes. He says it was caused by water eroding the limestone. Crews will work all night to get that sinkhole filled, but they likely won't be finished by the morning commute, and it may...
  • Not short on cache - OR facilities seriously beef up security with new gear, weapons

    05/05/2007 9:52:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 547+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/6/7 | FRANK MUNGER
    OAK RIDGE - If Tennessee's Atomic City ever becomes a terrorist battleground, the protective forces will bring plenty of firepower to the fight. Grenade launchers and Gatling guns. Machine guns galore. Armored vehicles equipped for warfare. In the past few months, the government has seriously upgraded armaments and related technologies to counter the latest terrorist threats. "If the bad guys are stupid enough to hit a nuclear facility, you've got to think they'll be well-outfitted," said Jean "John" Burleson, general manager of Wackenhut Services, the security contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and other federal facilities. Oak Ridge guards...
  • Up and running super smoothly - ORNL's Cray computer hums, hints at bigger things to come

    02/02/2007 1:57:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 296+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/2/7 | FRANK MUNGER
    OAK RIDGE - Oak Ridge National Laboratory's newest computer is purring like a cat, and maybe that's to be expected. It is, after all, a part of the lab's "Jaguar" system, a Cray XT4 supercomputer that's reported to be the nation's fastest machine for open scientific research. Sixty-eight new cabinets for Jaguar arrived here from Cray's manufacturing center in Wisconsin late last year and were installed on the second floor of the National Center for Computational Sciences. "It's going through the acceptance testing," Thomas Zacharia, the associate lab director of scientific computing, said during a visit earlier this week. "It's...
  • Plants' role in global warming re-examined

    05/01/2006 4:00:00 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 6 replies · 549+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/1/2006 | UPI
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., -- U.S. scientists say estimates of higher plant respiration due to global warming may be overstated by not considering their ability to adjust to conditions. A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory suggests about 9 percent more carbon will be stored in plants and soil with the acclimation of plants included in the model. While the amount is relatively small compared with different climate-carbon simulations, the authors note the acclimation phenomenon should not be ignored. "This is carbon that might otherwise be released to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and...
  • Iraqi scientist urges nuclear caution

    10/27/2005 11:17:43 AM PDT · by HangnJudge · 5 replies · 446+ views
    Oak Ridger ^ | 10-27-05 | John Huotari
    The sign out front said "Saddam Hussein's Nuclear Mastermind." Inside, Mahdi Obeidi, former head of Iraq's centrifuge program for uranium enrichment, told more than 200 people, including Department of Energy employees, that he wants to help stop one of humanity's greatest nightmares - global weapons of mass destruction. "We cannot afford one mistake," Obeidi said. "Everybody should be concerned." Obeidi, who emigrated to the United States in 2003, spoke on Wednesday morning at the Pollard Auditorium at Oak Ridge Associated Universities. His visit was sponsored by the Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence and funded by the U.S. State Department, according...
  • FNC: Tennessee Authorities discuss prison break and murder

    08/10/2005 11:29:29 AM PDT · by YoungBlackRepublican · 48 replies · 2,002+ views
    Tennessee authorities: "We are searching door to door" "We have not yet looked at the security video from the parking lot"
  • When Oak Ridge changed the world

    08/06/2005 11:55:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 567+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/7/5 | Frank Munger
      Search Help Registration  |  Contact Us  |  Site Map  |  Alerts  |  Archives  |  Subscribe to the Paper Published August 7, 2005 | Email this page to a friendWatch and listen as Secret City residents share their memories | View a slide show of Oak Ridge in the '40sShare your own memories of Oak Ridge | Read all stories and learn more about the plant and its buildings Hear from residents who worked and lived in the Secret City during World War II View a slide show of images from Oak Ridge during the 1940s Share your own memories of life in Oak Ridge during World War II...
  • Citizen Soldiers needed to counter-protest 'peace-niks' in Oak Ridge!

    07/29/2005 6:51:19 AM PDT · by citizenabomb · 2 replies · 277+ views
    the author | 7/29/05 | Stacy M. Griffin
    Citizen Soldiers for the Atomic Bomb Needs you to show your support for the veterans and a strong national defense at the Oak Ridge, Tennessee Y-12 Plant on August 6. For the past 20+/- years, OREPA has openly committed treason and mockery of our veterans and country at the entrance of the plant which manufactured the uranium that fueled 'little boy' who was dropped on Hiroshima. The peaceniks are hoping to close the plant via INTERNATIONAL LAW and leave US defenseless in a world dominated by terrorism and Communism. It will do your patriotic soul good to come out and...
  • I Am Become Death, The Shatterer Of Worlds

    07/15/2005 9:48:59 PM PDT · by Tennessee_Bob · 57 replies · 1,886+ views
    Self | July 16, 2005 | Tennessee_Bob
    With this quote from the Bagavad-Gita, Oppenheimer summoned in the nuclear age at 5:30 in the morning at the Trinity Site in New Mexico. The yield of code name Gadget was estimated to be equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT - 2,000 B-29s worth of explosives. A quote from Brigadier General T.F. Farrell regarding the blast - "The effects could well be called unprecedented, magnificent, beautiful, stupendous, and terrifying. No man-made phenomenon of such tremendous power had ever occurred before. The lighting effects beggared description. The whole country was lighted by a searing light with the intensity many times that...
  • Report critical of Y-12 security

    06/28/2005 4:00:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 237+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 6/28/5 | Frank Munger
    OAK RIDGE — A federal inspection found that Oak Ridge guards routinely worked excessive overtime and, in some instances, received less training than recommended for high-security nuclear installations. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General released the report today. The IG reviewed the Oak Ridge training program because of an allegation that a security police officer had received credit for training never received. The report said that allegation was confirmed and that an inspection turned up a number of other shortcomings. However, Wackenhut Services Inc., the government’s Oak Ridge security contractor, hotly disputed the IG findings. "We train...
  • Illegal immigrants accessed nuclear weapons facility

    06/20/2005 6:26:48 PM PDT · by dogbyte12 · 21 replies · 576+ views
    CNN ^ | 6-20-05 | Michael McManus
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sixteen illegal immigrants gained access last year to one of the most sensitive weapons sites in the country, according to a report issued Monday by the Department of Energy's inspector general. The inspector general's investigation found the illegal immigrants were construction workers on jobs at the Y-12 National Security Complex near Knoxville, Tennessee. The workers used "false documents" and "gained access to the ... site on multiple occasions," the report said. The report details how the workers, apparently using fake green cards, were able to obtain access badges.
  • Bomb-building facility opens its doors

    06/16/2005 10:24:31 AM PDT · by HangnJudge · 10 replies · 537+ views
    OAK RIDGE, Tennessee (AP) -- The government is offering a rare glimpse of the massive machines used to enrich uranium for the "Little Boy" bomb -- the first atomic weapon used in war, dropped 60 years ago in August on Hiroshima, Japan. Inside the high-security Y-12 nuclear weapons plant remain the last of 1,152 calutrons that once filled nine buildings. The machinery was part of the top-secret bomb-building Manhattan Project, which turned this rural countryside about 30 miles west of Knoxville into a "secret city" of 75,000 people between 1942 and 1945. "Don't you know the people in Knoxville wondered...
  • Public glimpses machines that fueled bomb

    06/14/2005 8:10:08 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 911+ views
    AP ^ | 6/14/5 | DUNCAN MANSFIELD
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The government is offering a rare glimpse of the massive machines used to enrich uranium for the "Little Boy" bomb - the first atomic weapon used in war, dropped 60 years ago in August on Hiroshima, Japan. Inside the high-security Y-12 nuclear weapons plant remain the last of 1,152 calutrons that once filled nine buildings. The machinery was part of the top-secret bomb-building Manhattan Project, which turned this rural countryside about 30 miles west of Knoxville into a "secret city" of 75,000 people between 1942 and 1945."Don't you know the people in Knoxville wondered what in...
  • Security Costs Could Shut Some A-Bomb Labs, Experts Warn

    05/06/2005 11:21:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 567+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 7, 2005 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    WASHINGTON, May 6 - The cost to protect materials for nuclear bombs from terrorists is rising so high that the Energy Department will need to close some weapons laboratories, or at least consolidate the weapons fuel that they hold, government officials and outside experts are warning. Security costs threaten to eat into the budget for building and maintaining warheads, the experts say. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the department re-examined potential threats to the 13 laboratories and other plants across the country where it has what it calls "special nuclear materials," or plutonium and bomb-grade uranium. The department theorized...
  • Oak Ridge soldier killed in Iraq

    04/06/2005 5:33:39 AM PDT · by Tennessee_Bob · 4 replies · 339+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | April 6, 2005 | By Staff and wire reports
    An Oak Ridge staff sergeant from the Knoxville-based 278th Regimental Combat Team was killed Monday in fighting that followed an ambush south of Balad Ruz, Iraq, officials said. The sergeant has been identified as 35-year-old Jeff Stephen Kennedy, said state Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, who learned of his death Tuesday morning at a National Guard breakfast in Nashville. Kennedy is the second member of the 278th to die in recent weeks and the first Anderson County man killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 278th's Sgt. Paul W. Thomason III, 37, of Jefferson City, died March 20 when his vehicle...
  • Nuke facility evacuated at ORNL

    03/02/2005 3:26:02 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 306+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/2/5 | FRANK MUNGER
    OAK RIDGE -- A nuclear processing facility was evacuated this morning at Oak Ridge National Laboratory when air-monitoring alarms sounded, and other employees working nearby were told to "shelter in place" while the event was investigated. In a statement released at 1 p.m. to the news media, ORNL said, "No immediate health concerns were found. There has been no evidence of a release to the environment." The alarms sounded at 10:46 a.m. at the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, a facility where highly radioactive materials are chemically processed after they're retrieved from the nearby High Flux Isotope Reactor. The nuclear materials...
  • A High-Risk Nuclear Stakeout(Pakistani nuke transfers to Libya)

    02/27/2005 8:22:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 802+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 27/2/05 | Douglas Frantz
    A High-Risk Nuclear Stakeout The U.S. took too long to act, some experts say, letting a Pakistani scientist sell illicit technology well after it knew of his operation. By Douglas Frantz, Times Staff Writer WASHINGTON — Nuclear warhead plans that Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan sold to Libya were more complete and detailed than previously disclosed, raising new concerns about the cost of Washington's watch-and-wait policy before Khan and his global black market were shut down last year. Two Western nuclear weapons specialists who have examined the top-secret designs say the hundreds of pages of engineering drawings and handwritten notes...
  • Uranium Testing Said to Indicate Libya-Korea Link

    02/01/2005 7:53:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,056+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 2, 2005 | DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 - Scientific tests have led American intelligence agencies and government scientists to conclude with near certainty that North Korea sold processed uranium to Libya, bolstering earlier indications that the reclusive state exported sensitive fuel for atomic weapons, according to officials with access to the intelligence. The determination, which has circulated among senior government officials in recent weeks, has touched off a hunt to determine if North Korea has also sold uranium to other countries, including Iran and Syria. So far, there is no evidence that such additional transactions took place. Nonetheless, the conclusion about the uranium transfer...
  • As Nuclear Secrets Emerge in Khan Inquiry, More Are Suspected

    12/26/2004 5:27:25 AM PST · by Arjun · 17 replies · 1,471+ views
    When experts from the US and the IAEA came upon blueprints for a 10-kiloton atomic bomb in the files of the Libyan weapons program earlier this year, they found themselves caught between gravity and pettiness. The discovery gave the experts a new appreciation of the audacity of the rogue nuclear network led by A. Q. Khan, a chief architect of Pakistan's bomb. Intelligence officials had watched Dr. Khan for years and suspected that he was trafficking in machinery for enriching uranium to make fuel for warheads. But the detailed design represented a new level of danger, particularly since the Libyans...
  • Bush Protecting Tenn. Base of Support

    07/18/2004 12:26:06 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 467+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/18/04 | AP
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — The only campaign President Bush mentioned during his most recent visit to Tennessee was the war on terrorism.
  • Bush firmly links terrorism, Hussein

    07/13/2004 12:39:43 PM PDT · by rface · 17 replies · 743+ views
    Kansas City (Missouri) Star (you must be registered, but it's free) ^ | Tue, Jul. 13, 2004 | WILLIAM DOUGLAS and JONATHAN S. LANDAY
    WASHINGTON — President Bush continued to insist Monday that an operational link existed between former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida. His comments came despite reports by the Senate Intelligence Committee and the commission that's investigating the Sept. 11 attacks that no evidence links Hussein and Islamic terrorists who collaborated to kill Americans. Specifically addressing national security issues for the first time since the Senate report was released Friday, Bush acknowledged “shortcomings” in the intelligence on Iraq's banned weapons programs that was used to justify the war. But good intelligence or faulty, the president said war with Iraq was...

    07/12/2004 5:58:16 PM PDT · by TruthNtegrity · 137 replies · 3,124+ views
    Yahoo, | 7.12.2004 | TruthNtegrity
    The President Went to Church at St. John's on Sunday and participated later in the day in a Tee Ball game on the South lawn of the White House. Monday, July 12th, the President flew to Oak Ridge, Tennessee for a speech on defense of America and to talk about and view radioactive materials put safely in TN vaults from Libya. After returning to the White House, the President met with the new President of El Salvador, who pledged his support and troops for Iraq.
  • Bush Insists He Has Made America Safer

    07/12/2004 2:19:53 PM PDT · by dead · 20 replies · 1,348+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 7/12/04 | Steve Holland
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Under fire for intelligence failures at home and abroad, President Bush tried on Monday to convince American voters he has made them safer since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and told them "we were right to go into Iraq." Faced with polls that show many believe the terror threat against them has increased due to the Iraq war, Bush argued that wars against Iraq, Afghanistan and al Qaeda have made them safer, as has diplomacy that led Libya to surrender its weapons of mass destruction programs. "Today because America has acted, and because America has...
  • Remarks by the President on the War on Terror(TRANSCRIPT) (Speech at Oakridge earlier today)

    07/12/2004 12:35:25 PM PDT · by QQQQQ · 2 replies · 330+ views
    White House ^ | July 12, 2004 | President G. W. Bush
    President Bush Discusses Progress in the War on Terror. Remarks by the President on the War on Terror. Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge, Tennessee 11:18 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you for the warm welcome. I realize the Y-12 National Security Complex doesn't get a lot of visitors -- (laughter) -- so thanks for the special arrangements. I'm also glad to have the opportunity to thank each one of you for the vital work you do here. And please pass the word to your fellow employees, many of whom were waving, I want you to know, as we drove...