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August 15, 2009 Reactor Worker Glad for Recovery Act Opportunity at SRS Planning Under Way for continued from page 1 Recovery Act Project “A job with the Recovery Act Now, back at SRS, Bing has at SRS was almost too good to be found a familiar work environment Small Business Forum true.” but a different job with the reactors Small businesses in the Central It was true. In April, shortly after closure project. “Every day is differ- Savannah River Area will soon have an additional way to access RECOVERY A T W O R K Congress and the U.S. Department ent,” he said. “Each day has a new of Energy awarded SRS $1.6 billion plan and offers change.” Those are opportunities from the Recovery Act in Recovery Act funds to stimulate two things about his new job that he at the Savannah River Site (SRS). the local economy through jobs, likes. A small business forum is in the business contracts and site-specific Though happy to be working planning stages. August 15, 2009 Volume 1, Number 2 The purpose of the event will Putting Americans To Work work to accelerate environmental again and to be at the Savannah projects, Bing was offered a job River Site, Bing knows his job ex- be to share with small business at SRS through one of 13 staff pires at the end of September 2011. representatives the many contract augmentation firms that are filling He hopes new jobs will be avail- opportunities available through Recovery Act positions at the site. able at the site but is realistically the $1.6 billion economic stimulus Bing’s first stint at SRS was in broadening his skills in anticipation package appropriated for SRS by construction from 2001–2008, but of being a more marketable em- Congress. due to budget constraints, his posi- ployee in the nuclear industry. He The event is planned for Sep- tion was eliminated in July 2008. sees flexibility as the key in gaining tember in the Aiken area. If you Bing, who is married and is a father diverse skills that will train the new would like to attend, please com- of three, searched for a new job generation of nuclear workers. plete the supplier questionnaire on and had found part-time work with “The Recovery Act gave me a the SRS Recovery Act web site at a moving company in the interim. great job that is teaching me new www.srs.gov/recovery. Or, you can skills,” he explained. “I’ll be able monitor the local news media for to take those to another job in announcements related to the Re- Printed on Recycled Paper covery Act Small Business Forum. Jamie Bing, Recovery Act worker the field.” Reactor Worker Glad Workers with Savannah River Site’s Area Completion Projects cut into the HWCTR on June 25. The reactor’s final closure is expected in late fiscal year 2011. to Return to SRS Savannah River Nuclear Solutions with Recovery Act Site Workers Enter Pioneer Reactor Recovery Act Project 730-1B Jamie Bing, of New Ellenton, for First Time in More Than a Decade received a call not many would ex- Aiken, SC 29808 One of the many relics that tamination and decommissioning. pect during an economic downturn. marked the birth of the nuclear age Construction began on the Bing, 33, who was laid off from the in America has stood as an aging test reactor in early 1959 with the Savannah River Site (SRS) last icon at the Savannah River Site mission to test experimental fuel summer, got word that he’d be go- (SRS) for nearly a half-century. assemblies for commercial heavy- ing back to work at the site under Now, with funding to accelerate water power reactors. It remained the Recovery Act Project. site cleanup through the Recovery active until 1964, when the govern- “I couldn’t believe it,” Bing Act, the Heavy Water Components ment opted to pursue other reactor said. “With the economy suffer- Test Reactor (HWCTR), otherwise designs for commercial electrical ing, I knew good jobs were hard to known to SRS employees as power generation. come by. continued on page 4 “Hector,” is destined for decon- continued on page 3 Recovery Work Updates Employment Contracts Local 1,727 Jobs. Thus far the $130,000,000 $64,000,000Act Approximate total value of Recovery Recovery Act has retained 798 jobs and Approximate total value of contracts created 929 new jobs at SRS. placed thus far to support the Recovery contracts awarded to local businesses. (through August 7) Act. 73% of this amount has been 49.7% of this amount has been awarded awarded to small businesses. to local small businesses. (through July 31) (through July 31) www.srs.gov/recovery August 15, 2009 Important Voices Recovery At Work Area leaders from academia, govern- ment and the nuclear industry not Site Workers Enter Pioneering Reactor, ‘Hector’, for Inspection only endorsed the Recovery Act Proj- The steel doors of the HWCTR have been sealed for more than a decade. Now, thanks to the ect at Savannah River Site (SRS), $1.6 billion Recovery Act investment at the SRS, the test reactor will finally be decommissioned. but applauded its progress and im- portance in work force development. Here are some of their comments on the Recovery Act At Work at SRS: DR. CLINT WOLFE Executive Director, Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA) Savannah River Site’s Henry Tam, MD, (left) medical director of Family Medcenters in Aiken, and Michelle Barrios, (right) Heavy Water Components Test industrial coordinator, will provide testing and baseline blood work to the estimated 1,000 Savannah “The initiative Reactor (HWCTR), or “Hector” River Site new hires. The practice has been in Aiken for 37 years. is a great way for short, is being wired with to kick off what temporary electricity in preparation SRNS Awards $500,000 Contracts to Two we see as the for Deactivation and Decommis- Workers pour crush and run at HWCTR to prepare for the heavy Medical Services for Preemployment Exams nuclear renais- sioning (D&D) activities. continued from page 1 equipment that will be dismantling the facility. sance in the time since the doors were officially form the necessary work to declare Two local medical practices doing industrial medicine,” said Mary In 1965, fuel assemblies were closed in 1965. Their mission was it officially cold and dark, which just were each recently awarded Ann Findley, office manager for Southeast. It starts the process removed, systems that contained to document how the reactor func- means it is void of all forms of haz- $500,000 American Recovery and Family Medcenters. “I feel like we’re of workers getting the skill sets heavy water were drained, fluid pip- tioned and identify potential hazards ardous energy, such as electricity.” Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) lucky. Business is business. We are that will hopefully get them jobs ing systems were drained, de-en- that may still be looming within the Although the project is currently contracts to provide preemployment lucky to have business come in.” in the future.” ergized and disconnected, and the reactor’s walls. Although their efforts in the planning phase, the team physicals for the Savannah River Henry Tam, MD, joined Family spent fuel basin was drained and proved invaluable to understanding expects to decommission the reactor Site. Family Medcenters in Aiken and Medcenters in 1990 and serves today the Center for Occupational Medicine as the medical director of a staff of DR. SUSAN WINSOR dried. The doors of the reactor were then shut, and it wasn’t until more and ultimately planning the facility’s closure, DOE had no choice but to vessel and steam generators, re- move the 75-foot dome, grout the re- President of Aiken Technical College in Augusta won contracts issued by 28, including two nurse practitioners than 30 years later that decommis- defer the dismantlement, leaving the maining structure in place, and install Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, and two physical assistants. “One of the sioning plans were considered and HWCTR in an extended surveillance a concrete cover over the building’s LLC (SRNS). It is a similar situation for Terrie opportunities of ultimately postponed due to budget and maintenance mode. footprint by September 2011. It is estimated that the two prac- Bradford, clinic manager for the constraints. Opening the old reactor for the “This is an exhilarating time at the Recovery tices will process 1,000 new hires Center for Occupational Medicine on It was during this time that a first time since the 1996 closure SRS,” says Diana Hannah, project each during the 30-month recovery Act is to pro- Tobacco Road in Augusta. She was team of retired SRS engineers who was an inspiring moment for proj- manager for the DOE. “The Recov- program. awarded the contract on June 10. “I vide individuals once worked at the reactor were ect manager Tony Long. “The first ery Act has brought new life to this “We look first to our local busi- am looking forward to doing the work with training in reunited to enter Hector for the first thing we have to do is get in there project and we look forward to the nesses to supply a wide range of for them. I’m excited,” she said. the technical field. Even if those and see what we’re dealing with,” opportunity to write the final chapter materials and services needed at But unlike Family Medcenters, individuals are not retained, they he says. “We have to open it up of the Hector story at SRS.” SRS,” said SRNS President and CEO the center performs only occupational and verify that the facility is safe for Final completion of the HWCTR will be better trained for another Chuck Munns. “Projects supported examinations. “That’s all we do. We workers to enter. Then we can per- is expected in late fiscal year 2011. by Recovery Act funding are provid- position in the technical industry.” don’t do colds and sinuses,” Bradford ing renewed opportunities to reach said. “It’s all OSHA (Occupational into our communities and solicit bids Safety and Health Act)-related JAMES K. HUSSEY, JR. for products and services provided programs we manage for many Regional Representative, East Georgia, by local business that will help them companies.” Office of U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss grow while contributing to the SRS Fathy Saad, MD and his replace- “I think they are mission.” ment when he leaves in August— In Aiken, the ARRA contract Jay Eldurkar, MD—are both board- using the tax- means added business for a medical certified in occupational medicine.. payers’ money practice that has treated the heart The practice was started in 2004 wisely. I think it of the community for nearly four and employs seven people in is going to pay Recovery Act employee Jim Eluskie decades. addition to a small staff that mans off. They have a collects data from core samples Drilling rig and operators from Boart Longyear, a Recovery Act subcontractor at SRS, “We’ve been doing industrial the mobile clinic. extracted from the subsurface soils extract subsurface core soil samples to determine the presence of contaminants around mission, recovery, transparency.” medicine for 37 years. We started by around the HWCTR. the Heavy Water Components Test Reactor (HWCTR).
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