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Staying Safe During an Emergency
Dorfan Today: A Visit to Washington
Beware the Dominator

SLAC Today

Monday - May 1, 2006

The Stanford University Library substained substantial damage in the 1906 earthquake. (Photo by S.D. Townsley, courtesy of the USGS Library.)

Staying Safe During an Emergency

Safety pervades every task at SLAC. From heavy lifting to electrical work, we all know how to go about our day-to-day tasks safely. But in an emergency, do you know what to expect of SLAC and what SLAC expects of you? Please see the ES&H emergency webpage for general information. The Emergency Public Information Office (EPIO) wants you to be prepared for any unexpected crisis.

"We want the SLAC family to feel safe knowing we have an emergency communication plan in place in addition to the other emergency preparedness measures," said EPIO Chair Lee Lyon. "But for the plans to be successful, everyone at SLAC also has to do his or her part as well."

Whether the event is unique to SLAC, such as an on-site chemical spill, or general to the region, like an earthquake, there are basic steps to follow in any emergency.  Read more...

(Director's Column - Dorfan Today)

As outlined in my Today column of April 17th, last week was the time to visit the Administration and Congress to discuss the upcoming 2007 appropriations process and to update Washington on the main elements of the SLAC program.

Persis Drell, Keith Hodgson and I had a very successful series of meetings with key officials who influence science funding for the Nation. Our message was very simple; we thanked those on the Administration side for proposing such a forward-looking, 14.1% increase for the FY2007 Office of Science budget and we encouraged the Legislative side to find the wherewithal to fully fund the President's request. Our encouragement was in support of all sections of the Office of Science budget with no request for additional SLAC funding.

We had an extended audience with eight of the staff from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) along with Joel Parriot, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Examiner who prepares the Office of Science's Presidential budget. In Congress we visited with staff from both the Senate and the House Energy and Water Appropriations Committees, and from the House Science Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. We had extended discussions at the offices of Senators Boxer and Feinstein and Congresspersons Eshoo and Honda.

Those we met from Congress expressed their delight at receiving such a strong FY2007 budget request for the Office of Science. Read more...

Beware the Dominator

(Photo - Dominator)
The Dominator collects water from around the SLAC site and delivers it to cooling tower 1701. (Click on image for larger version.)

With all the rain that's fallen at SLAC over the past few months, CEF's Operations Group has been busy pumping water out of manholes and secondary containments across the site. To do this, the group uses a large white pump tanker, called the Dominator.

The Dominator collects water and transports it to a holding pond near the Main Control Center. From there it is sent through a bed of carbon filters and into a nearby cooling tower. Last year, 584,105 gallons of water were collected and recycled.

Although this year's rains have abated, the Dominator will continue pumping water for at least another month as ground water seeps into manholes.

Dominator operators Hector Gonzalez and Rodney Jusino ask drivers at SLAC to please use caution when they encounter the pump tanker. When the Dominator is full of water, its stopping distance increases drastically. Please extend courtesy to the tanker and its drivers by remaining a safe distance behind the Dominator. Additionally, pedestrians are asked to detour around the tanker when cones are placed on the roadway to ensure everyone's safety.

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