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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Trump team focuses on finding DOE deputy secretaryT

Trump team focuses on finding DOE deputy secretary

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter
Published: Monday, January 16, 2017

A lobbyist for a Texas financial services company and a nuclear regulator are in the running to be the Department of Energy's second in command in the Trump administration, according to a source close to the transition.

Among a dozen or so people in the running for deputy secretary, the source said, are Dan Brouillette, senior vice president at the San Antonio-based United Services Automobile Association (USAA), and Kristine Svinicki, a Republican member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Trump's pick for DOE chief, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), is scheduled for a confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall is currently DOE deputy secretary. She replaced Daniel Poneman, who now oversees a uranium enrichment company, Centrus Energy Corp.

Brouillette has served as vice president of USAA for more than a decade, and before that was vice president of Ford Motor Co. from 2004 to 2006, according to his online biography. From 2003 to 2004, he was a staff director for the House Energy and Commerce Committee and was DOE assistant secretary from 2001 to 2003.

Svinicki, a nuclear engineer and policy adviser, has served at the NRC for about nine years. Svinicki's second term at NRC ends June 30.

Svinicki worked for more than a decade as a Senate Republican staffer and as a nuclear engineer for DOE, and in recent years has drawn fire from former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for her work on Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and for opposing former NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko's call for fast-tracked safety upgrades to U.S. reactors following the 2011 disaster in Japan. Jaczko formerly worked for Reid.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Trump and NNSA

  1. Will Trump move NNSA to the DOD? Why not?

  2. Because he doesn't care or know anything about nuclear weapons, and has proven he isn't interested in learning anything about anything.

  3. He will have to try very very hard to care less than Obama.
  4. He doesn't have authority to move NNSA, only Congress can restructure Cabinet agencies. And the Energy Committees (R or D lead, doesn't matter) in the House and Senate are not about to give up a huge portion of their portfolio and move it to other Committees (Armed Serves) that oversee DOD.
  5. He doesn't have authority to move NNSA,
    January 16, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    But, "When you're a star, you can do anything!"

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

Interactive of nuclear reactor construction

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is pleased to announce several new and important contributions to the debate over nuclear power's role in a low-carbon economy, including a fantastic new interactive of global nuclear reactor construction since 1951. The interactive was built in partnership with the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, Visioncarto, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Please contact me if you have any questions about the interactive or about the debate happening now at the Bulletin.
Best regards,

World Nuclear Power Reactor Construction, 1951-2017:
Does deep de-carbonization require nuclear power?

Symposium report: Getting to deep de-carbonization: What role for nuclear power?

Janice Sinclaire
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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

LANL: Seeking local talent to replace retiring staff, AA or no degree needed!

LANL: Seeking local talent to replace retiring staff, AA or no degree needed!

Looks like LANL is settings its sights high and introducing an aggressive program to tap the incredible talent pool that is Northern New Mexico. Community college associate degree or no degree needed! No longer recruiting from out of state. Heinrich declares LANL a NM jobs program for those with addiction and no higher education.

With job openings on horizon, LANL looks for ways to prime state’s youth

Los Alamos National Laboratory faces a mass exodus of seasoned employees over the next five years, creating openings for a new generation in its workforce, lab officials said Wednesday.
Human Resource representatives from the lab and New Mexico community college presidents met in Santa Fe with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., to discuss how the state’s smaller educational institutions can better prime students for careers at the lab.
The lab estimates 2,425 job vacancies will arise between now and 2020 in a variety of positions, from nuclear defense to operations — a reflection of the baby boomer generation reaching retirement age, rather than an increase in the lab’s budget.
Kathy Keith, a lab spokeswoman, said the lab is looking for cross-disciplinary students, not just scientists with doctorate degrees.
She presented data showing that 33 percent of current LANL employees hold a Ph.D., the same percentage as those who hold no degree.
Representatives from Santa Fe Community College, Highlands University, Los Lunas Community College and The University of New Mexico campuses in Taos, among others, emphasized that science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, programs at their schools help prepare students to enter the workforce.
Many said imbuing students with a love of science from a young age is not being accomplished at the K-12 level in the state. Others said that while their students might be academically qualified, they might be unable to pass a background check and classification requirements of the lab.
Domingo Sánchez, president of Northern New Mexico College, said addiction and behavioral health issues in the state need to be addressed.
Dr. Sam Minner Jr., president of Highlands University, said the STEM “funnel is not big enough” in the first place, and students are being deterred from careers in the sciences long before they reach the college level.
The majority of the lab’s current workforce has come from out of state, with 40 percent from New Mexico.
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray Luján, both Democrats, also met with educators and employers in Rio Rancho on Wednesday to address how the state’s labs could try to fill jobs with New Mexico workers. Between Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, there will be an estimated 5,000 vacancies in the state.
The Los Alamos lab has faced budget cuts and instability in recent years as federal inspections identified significant shortcomings in management, operations and safety. 
“We are at a transition point because both the Sandia and Los Alamos contracts are going to be bid over the course of the next couple of years,” Heinrich said in an interview with The New Mexican on Wednesday. “… It is an opportunity to hit the reset button and say, ‘Here’s what we expect and how are you going to meet that?’ 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sandia announcements

Internal announcements being made within Sandia is that Steve Younger is the new director.  Also, rumor that Chris Deeney (former Sandia, now NSTec) is to be his second in command.

NSTec NNSS contract

Word is the NSTec NNSS contract is extended until May 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

North Korea nucs

  1. And what would be the proposed plan?

    North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen! (D. Trump)

  2. No "proposed plan" is needed.

    US or Japanese antimissile ships in the area could easily shoot it down, and should. NK's development of ICBMs already violates UN resolutions. Kim badly needs a slap upside the head.

  3. North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen! (D. Trump)

    January 3, 2017 at 4:33 AM

    Trump is still in his personal business mentality. Unfortunately, he thinks Kim Jong-un is his son.

    P.S. What won't happen?

  4. I say launch a preemptive strike against NK. SK electronics sucks anyway and competes unfairly with US business, such as Apple. Let SK get off their lazy butts and do something for once. Nothing like a war to juice funding for the labs.

NNSS M&O contract sewed-up

Looking more and more like Leidos has the NNSS M&O contract sewed-up

Business Operations Director
Mercury, NV

Basic Qualifications:

BS+ 15 yrs experience 

Finance office/Manager or M&O (Management & Operations) site experience 

Experience with managing a 150+ million budget. 

Responsible for managing the business operations of a large program with over 2,000 employees. This position is responsible for all contract operations, strategy development and execution, government affairs, business operations , contract, subcontract management, procurement, legal, community outreach, public affairs, human resources, facilities, procurement, supporting service operations and communications. Responsible for the Business and Financial management along with execution and operational support to ensure overall financial goals. Provides expertise on the scope of fiscal models/accounting systems available and quality control. Provides financial expertise to ensure that program financial systems and business operations are aligned with state-of-the-art best practices to ensure operational efficiency.,6_IS2756_KO7,25.htm

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy new year labbies!

Happy 2017!
May the new DOE chief remember the name of his department! 
Best wishes for health and prosperity! 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

All eyes will be on the new manager of Sandia Labs

Thought you might find this editorial bungle of interest. 

Or, maybe it’s buried in the fine print along with language re taking over NNSS and nobody’s found it yet?

The editorial was in the print edition, but apparently has been pulled from the on-line edition.

All eyes will be on the new manager of Sandia Labs
·         Albuquerque Journal – Editorial Page
·         24 Dec 2016
As of June 1, Sandia National Laboratories — a huge driver of the local and state economies — comes under new management.
National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, a subsidiary of Honeywell International, won a $2.6 billion contract to take over management of Sandia, one of the nation’s three nuclear weapons labs.
For the past 23 years, Sandia has been operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Sandia Corp. has been an important community partner, working closely with the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and others, as well as Technology Ventures Corp., a nonprofit foundation set up by Lockheed Martin to accelerate efforts to take new lab technologies to market.
The vision is that NTESS, which includes major defense contractor Northrop Grumman and the Universities Research Association, will continue and expand these important relationships.
Joe Cecchi, dean of UNM’s School of Engineering and associate provost for national laboratory relations, said the university has partnered with Honeywell and Northrop Grumman in the past and expects that cooperation to continue.
Both UNM and NMSU are members of the Universities Research Association, a group of 89 universities in the United States and other countries that collaborate on efforts to build and operate laboratory facilities to promote research and education.
Sandia’s importance to the economy and national security is hard to overstate.
Though Sandia’s main campus is here in Albuquerque, it also operates Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. It primarily designs and maintains nuclear weapons, but it also works on defense systems, energy efficiency, security technology, atomic physics, computational sciences, biological sciences, nanoscience and other areas of national interest.
Sandia has an annual budget of $2.9 billion and employs more than 10,500 employees working in 700 buildings across 13,740 acres on Kirtland Air Force Base. Sandia also employs about 1,160 other employees and contractors.
New Mexico businesses received $382 million from SNL contracts in 2015 — 39 percent of the labs’ contract payments.
It’s likely NTESS will replace Sandia’s leadership team — including lab President and Director Jill Hruby, Deputy Director and Executive Vice President Kim Sawyer and a dozen other vice presidents who head different lab programs and divisions. Albuquerque will wait with great anticipation to see who will succeed these capable leaders.
Frank G. Klotz, undersecretary for nuclear security and NNSA administrator, praised the tough competition that led to the contract award. “The Sandia bid generated unprecedented interest from across industry, demonstrating that our improved acquisitions process is attracting high-quality competition and the best talent to serve NNSA’s mission.”
Congratulations to NTESS on winning the five-year (renewable for another five years) contract and welcome to the new team
J. F

WIPP to open

WIPP looks to open

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been closed since February 2014 when a radiation release contaminated a significant portion of the repository, where disposal rooms are carved out of a thick salt formation deep underground.

The shutdown put shipments from around the country on indefinite hold as the federal government poured hundreds of millions of dollars into recovery efforts and policy overhauls.

New Mexico regulators cited the government and the contractor for numerous permit violations related to the radiation release and an unrelated fire involving a mining truck weeks earlier. That resulted in a multimillion-dollar settlement with the state.

Los Alamos National Laboratory, in northern New Mexico, also was cited because the breached container of waste from 2014 had been inappropriately packed there before being shipped to the repository.

Investigators said the incident could have been avoided had managers not ignored existing policies and procedures for handling and treating the waste, which includes gloves, tools, clothing and other materials from decades of bomb-making and research.

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Starting to look like Leidos has won

Starting to look like Leidos has won against NNSA for pulling back the NNSS contract. Onto the next phase of hiring employees to run the place as soon as NesTEC gets out of there.

New nuclear arms race

New nuclear arms race in the cards

President-elect Donald Trump on Friday morning escalated his calls for a stronger U.S. nuclear arsenal, saying he was fine with an “arms race” if it puts the U.S. in a stronger position against foreign adversaries.

“Let it be an arms race … we will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all,” Trump told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” during an off-air conversation on Friday.

The attempt at a clarification came after Trump alarmed some with a vague tweet on Thursday that said, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

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