Knoxville News Sentinel: Leo Sain: K-25 cleanup progressing with federal commitment

As president and project manager of URS/CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), I would like to give a six-month update on the progress that we have made since becoming the U.S. Department of Energy’s environmental management contractor for the DOE Oak Ridge Reservation. Cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park is the largest active cleanup project for the DOE. Our largest project is demolition of the K-25 Building, a massive gaseous diffusion building that was closed down in 1964. Demolition of the building’s east wing is steadily progressing. Seven of 18 units have been demolished ahead of schedule. More than 20,000 cubic yards of waste resulting from demolition activities have been disposed of at the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility, a reservation waste disposal complex that UCOR is managing for DOE. In our first six months at ETTP, we have identified cost savings of approximately $36 million that have been reinvested into our work. For example, these costs savings were used to fund work at two projects not originally in our scope: removal of Tank W-1A at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and cleanup of the K-1070-B landfill at ETTP. Tank W-1A, a 4,000-gallon underground tank used to collect waste, was the primary source of groundwater contamination at ORNL. It has been removed from the ground and cut into smaller pieces for shipment to Nevada for disposal. Contaminated soil is being excavated and shipped out. This work will make ORNL safer and the environment cleaner. Cleanup of K-1070-B, a 60-year-old landfill near the K-25 Building, similarly removes a source of potential groundwater and surface water contamination. All the waste has been removed and shipped via 263 truckloads for disposal. All but three truckloads were disposed of at EMWMF. While we have experienced a record level of productivity, we also achieved a record level of safety. We worked injury-free for the first 1.5 million hours on the project, ending 2011 with zero accidents, and we continue having an excellent safety record. Read the full op-ed...

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Knoxville News Sentinel: A Tennessee winner? Rick Santorum’s making a run

…Romney supporter Susan Richardson Williams of Knoxville said Tennessee conservatives are fairly divided over “the more known conservatives” in the race — Santorum, Gingrich and Paul. Romney will take the moderate vote, she said, but whether that is enough for him to win the state remains in question. For Williams, Romney’s business background, his record as a Republican governor in a Democratic state, and his stewardship of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City have given him the skill set needed to be an effective president. “Whether or not that translates into being a politician and winning the nomination remains to be seen,” she said. “But if I had to pick resumes of the person who is the most qualified as president of the United States, certainly contrasting that with Barack Obama, Mitt Romney wins hands down. Had we known that the economy was going to tank like it did in 2008, Mitt Romney should have been the nominee then.” Read the full story...

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Knoxville News Sentinel: Old City rally for Romney: Backers urge Tennessee win

Knoxville News Sentinel: Old City rally for Romney: Backers urge Tennessee win

Last night’s event at Boyd’s Jig & Reel was a huge success – thanks to everyone for coming and showing your support for Governor Mitt Romney! Excerpt from KNS: The East Tennessee campaign for Mitt Romney for president kicked off Monday night in an Old City pub with key speakers telling supporters their candidate’s success is up to them. Former Knoxville Vice Mayor Joe Bailey, a regional volunteer coordinator, told the crowd at Jig & Reel that Republicans want to beat Democratic President Barack Obama in the fall, but they’ve got to do it in the March 6 Tennessee primary first by choosing the former Massachusetts governor. Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Bill Hagerty, a key Romney adviser, acknowledged other candidates are vying for the Republican nomination but “it is important to put in the best person to stand up to Barack Obama.” Hagerty said he and Romney had both started their careers at the same firm and that he has known the candidate for more than half his life. He told a story about Romney being in a meeting when he determined his son, Tagg, had lost a water ski, over which he was moping. Romney left the meeting and went out in a boat for about 1½ hours until the ski was found, he said. “He taught the value of perseverance,” he said. Hagerty was asked what Romney’s chances are in the Feb. 28 Michigan primary and he described it as “tough.” Conservatives have embraced Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, and the United Auto Workers are energized against Romney, he said. “The polls are too close to call,” he said. He said Romney is expected to carry Arizona on the same day. Read the full story here. See also WBIR’s coverage here....

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Join Us: Mitt Romney for President – East TN Reception

Help us kickoff the Mitt Romney for East Tennessee campaign (TN primary is March 6) by joining a free event in the Old City! Monday, February 20, 2012 ~ 5:00pm-7:00pm Boyd’s Jig & Reel ~ 101 S. Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902  (Romney will not be in attendance.) RSVP via...

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Vote Susan Richardson Williams “Romney Delegate-at-Large”

Let’s rock the vote for Tennessee! Susan’s credentials (bio here): Former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Former Republican Party Political Director Served in the Cabinet of Governors Alexander and Sundquist Press Representative for Senator Bill Brock Delegate/Alternate Delegate to GOP Conventions in l984,96,2000, 2004, 2008 Attended GOP Conventions in l964 and l980 Served on Republican National Committee as State Party Chairman Been involved in every Republican campaign on local, state and national since l970 and served in many leadership positions Romney Finance Committee State Party Statesman of the Year for 2nd Congressional district Early Voting runs February 15-28, and Tennessee’s Presidential Primary is March 6, 2012. Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Click here. Not sure where to vote? Click here for Feb 15-28 and here for March...

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