RECOVERY AT WORK by fdh56iuoui


									                                                                                                       August 15, 2009

   Reactor Worker Glad for Recovery Act Opportunity at SRS                              Planning Under Way for
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                                                                                        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 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-
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                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                    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)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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