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Secretary of Energy Bodman Recognizes SLAC Employee
Disposal of Metals
SLAC Kids Day 2008

SLAC Today

Monday - August 18, 2008

Secretary of Energy Bodman Recognizes SLAC Employee

Perry Anthony with the DOE Secretary's Appreciation Award. (Photo by Brad Plummer. Click for larger image.)

SLAC physicist Perry Anthony has received the Secretary's Appreciation Award in recognition of his contributions to the Department of Energy Electrical Safety Improvement Project team.

The Secretary's Appreciation Awards are given to federal or contract employees for noteworthy contributions to the DOE beyond the scope of their normal work responsibilities. Frank Russo, senior advisor for Environment, Safety and Health in the National Nuclear Security Administration, made the presentation on behalf of Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman at the recent Electrical Safety Meeting and Workshops, held July 28 through August 1 in Golden, Colorado. Frank presented a total of 14 awards to key members of the DOE Electrical Safety Improvement Project team.

Perry, a 15-year SLAC employee, served as SLAC's electrical safety officer from December 2004 through December 2007. During this time, he was active in DOE infrastructure-wide electrical safety projects, including improved electrical safety training, guidance and oversight tools, and development of national consensus standards to address DOE research and development electrical hazards. One of Perry's proudest achievements was ensuring modifications to federal regulation 10CFR851 to include specific mention of electrical safety. This modified text included language allowing DOE facilities to develop standards and practices tailored to their unique hazards, which may require special considerations compared to Occupational Safety & Health Administration and national standards. After stepping down as electrical safety officer, Perry joined the Particle Physics and Astrophysics Electronics and Software Engineering group, where he is developing controls and data acquisition systems for the upcoming Linac Coherent Light Source and LCLS Ultrafast Science Instruments.   Read more...

Disposal of Metals

Because upcoming decommissioning projects are expected to produce sizeable quantities of scrap metals, the Environment, Safety and Health Division and Salvage/Warehouse Services would like to remind everyone of the Department of Energy restrictions on the release of scrap metals off site for disposal or recycling. 

In 2000, then Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson announced two formal restrictions on metal‑containing wastes at all DOE facilities. The first is a moratorium restricting any conditional release of slightly-radioactive metals. In short, any metals that are radioactive must be kept on site. The second directive is a suspension on unrestricted releases of any metals that have been inside a Radiological Area. Any metals that have been in a Radiological Area on or since July 13, 2000, must be held on site, even if they are not radioactive. Radiological Areas include Radiation Areas, High Radiation Areas, and Contamination Areas.

SLAC Environment, Safety and Health refers to the scrap metals affected by the second DOE directive (the suspension) as "Hold Materials," non‑radioactive metals and metal-containing materials or equipment that are or have been located in an accelerator housing or inside a Radiological Area.  Read more...

SLAC Kids Day 2008

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Kids Day volunteers hosted 220 children for science talks and workshops. (Photo by Ruth McDunn. Click for larger image.)

What do hydro-rockets, telescopes, paleontology, electric motors, 3-D microscope images and 220 excited children have in common? The 2008 SLAC Kid's Day Event held on August 15th.

The SLAC community pulled together to make this year's event incredible, offering 18 different science and engineering workshops to children between the ages of 9 and 16. It was amazing to see the students' eyes light up as they participated in the hands-on activities and walked away with an assortment of personal memories and treasures.

It truly takes a village to make Kid's Day a success! Organizers Barry Webb and Susan Schultz want to extend a special thank you to the dedicated workshop leaders and their teams, who volunteered their time to make this event a huge success. This would not happen without you!  Read more and see more photos...

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