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SRS Recovery Act Booklet

  1. 1. Continuing A Heritage A 2009 Progress Through Report On The RECOVERY RECOVERY ACT SAVANNAH RIVER SITE
  2. 2. Ta b l e o f C o n t e n t s A Shared Recovery page one Voices of Recovery page two Outreach for Recovery page four Road to Recovery page six Focus on Recovery page eight Work on Recovery page ten TRU and Future Recovery page twelve Small Business Benefit from Recovery Act page fourteen Faces of Recovery page sixteen On cover: In preparation for deactivation and decommissioning activities at SRS’ P Reactor, an employee cuts through a shield door. Closing P and R Reactors, which were formerly used to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons during the Cold War, are accelerated cleanup projects funded by the Recovery Act that will reduce the Site’s operational footprint by more than 50 percent, freeing space for future projects. SAVANNAH RIVER SITE
  3. 3. A Shared RECOVERY The Savannah River Site (SRS) has served as a major cornerstone of America’s national defense for nearly six decades. In 2009, another important mission emerged with the creation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the allocation of $1.6 billion dollars to help create new jobs and remove Cold War legacy materials from SRS. While the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) has been negatively impacted by the recession, the Recovery Act at SRS has offered opportunities for new jobs and numerous contracts to small businesses in the region. To date, more than $96 million in local contracts has been awarded through economic stimulus legislation, with most to local small businesses. Recovery Act funds are supporting a more than 50 percent reduction in the operational footprint of the198,344-acre Site located near Aiken, South Carolina. In 2009, more than 2,200 individuals found viable work at SRS. Environmental cleanup has been accelerated, with some projects as much as 40 years ahead of schedule, spurring economic recovery in the CSRA. As in everything we do, safety is our primary concern and our management team has redoubled our commitment to strive to be the safest Site in the DOE Complex. I’m proud to report that our workforce has achieved significant new milestones in recent months as the Recovery Act Project has gained momentum. Garry Flowers President and Chief Executive Officer Savannah River Nuclear Solutions On behalf of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) and our parent companies, I congratulate our workforce on the progress they’ve achieved, and I’m proud to submit the enclosed progress report. Garry Flowers President and Chief Executive Officer Savannah River Nuclear Solutions , 1
  5. 5. Voices of RECOVERY DR. SUSAN WINSOR President, Aiken Technical College DR. CLINT WOLFE Executive Director, Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA) “The initiative is a great way to kick off what we see as the nuclear renaissance in the Southeast. It starts the process of workers getting the skill sets that will hopefully get them jobs in the future.” “One of the opportunities, the Recovery Act is to provide individuals with training in the technical field. Even if those individuals are not retained, they will be better trained for another position in the technical industry.” JAMES K. HUSSEY, JR. Regional Representative, East Georgia, Office of U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss “I think they are using the taxpayers’ money wisely. I think it is going to pay off. They have a mission, recovery, transparency.” Aiken Standard April 24, 2009 Aiken Standard Dec. 29, 2009 Aiken Standard April 24, 2009 The Augusta Chronicle April 24, 2009 , 3
  6. 6. About the Aiken Job Fair, July 7, 2009 “I don’t use adjectives lightly, but it is kind of magnificent when you look at the total outpouring in the community.” Roger W. Eshleman, executive vice president of operations, SRNS Aiken Standard, July 8, 2009 Augusta Job Fair, July 20, 2009 About the Columbia Job Fair, June 1, 2009 “The job fair itself seemed to exceed the expectations of all involved. Several of the agencies reported being shocked at the high volume of individuals who turned out and the difficulty of turning away qualified candidates.” Aiken Standard, June 2, 2009 Barnwell Job Fair, June 17, 2009 About the Augusta Job Fair, July 20, 2009 “More than 2,500 resume-carrying hopefuls packed the James Brown Auditorium in Augusta.” Aiken Standard, July 21, 2009 Augusta Job Fair, July 20, 2009 4
  7. 7. Outreach for RECOVERY Barnwell Job Fair, June 17, 2009 The Recovery Act Project’s outreach to the communities surrounding SRS, areas hit hard by the recession, was not only met, but also was overwhelmingly received by thousands of South Carolinians and Georgians looking for jobs during the nation’s economic downturn. Time and time again during June and July – first in Columbia, then in Barnwell, Allendale, Aiken and Augusta – job-seekers seized the opportunity to apply for one of the nearly 2,500 positions on cleanup projects throughout the Site. In total, more than 13,500 people participated in the five regional job fairs Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC (SRNS) offered to the community. “I have a lump in my throat when I see the number of people looking for jobs at these events,” said Jeffrey Allison, the DOESavannah River manager. Jeffrey Allison, DOE-SR manager, explains the SRS Recovery Act Project to attendees at the Columbia Job Fair. While the jobs are not permanent, the more than $1.6 billion authorized by Congress for SRS has helped retain or create more than 2,500 jobs, providing real relief to those who were unemployed or in danger of being laid off from their jobs at the Site. Small-business procurement officials were also at the job fairs to meet with business representatives and help them apply for the nearly $100 million awarded thus far to local small businesses. Augusta Job Fair, July 2, 2009 SAVANNAH RIVER SITE 5
  8. 8. From left, Jeffrey Baumgartner, James Makin and David Linder announce the arrival of the Road To Recovery; displaced or under-employed workers took advantage of the Road To Recovery stop; James Makin helps a Sylvania man with job-hunting resources. S o u t h C a r o l i n a a n d G e o r g i a R oa d T o R E C O V E R Y s t o p s a n d t h e i r c o u n t i e s ’ August 2009 unemployment rates Allendale, 21.8 percent; Bamberg, 17.5 percent; Hampton, 15.7 percent; Ridgeland, 10.4 percent; Saluda, 9.5 percent; Batesburg, 8.2 percent; Santee, 17.1 percent; Orangeburg, 17.1 percent; St. Matthews, 12.1 percent; Sumter, 13.4 percent; Manning, 15.8 percent; Bishopville, 15.6 percent; Kingstree, 15.5 percent; Summerville, 14.1 percent; Beaufort, 8.8 percent; Walterboro, 14.1 percent; Georgetown, 12.1 percent; Florence, 11.5 percent; Marion, 20.9 percent; Waynesboro, Ga., 12.3 percent; Millen, Ga., 20.7 percent; Sylvania, Ga., 14.4 percent; Denmark, 17.5 percent; Springfield, 17.0 percent; Barnwell, 18.6 percent; Blackville, 18.6 percent; Aiken, 9.4 percent; Augusta, Ga., 11.8 percent; North Charleston, 9.1 percent; Bamberg, 17.5 percent; Edgefield, 10.7 percent; McCormick, 15.9 percent 6 SAVANNAH RIVER SITE
  9. 9. Road to RECOVERY Jason Crane provides one-on-one assistance at the Sylvania tour stop. Opportunity knocked 37 times on doors in mostly rural South Carolina and Georgia towns that were hit hard by the economic downturn. The Road To Recovery (RTR) Tour, SRNS’ informationproviding and outreach component of the SRS’ Recovery Act Project, brought life-changing help to the hometowns of the region’s unemployed. The Road To Recovery crew helped more than 120 workers recently laid off from Sylvania Yarn Systems Inc. From September through November, the tour, consisting of a van equipped with computers and job-hunting literature and manned by seven professionals, visited small communities in the counties hardest hit by the recession. The first of 37 stops was Allendale County, where August unemployment figures had reached 21.8 percent – the highest in South Carolina. Other early stops were in Bamberg County (17.5 percent unemployment) and Hampton County (15.7 percent unemployment). The tour ended in McCormick County, where unemployment was 16.1 percent. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions’ investment in local communities made a tremendous impact on the personal level. The tour traveled 6,100 miles and helped 1,406 people develop their resumes and become familiar with job-posting web sites on the Internet. Tour personnel found that many of the unemployed workers had a long history at their last position. That meant they had to learn new computer-based skills to adapt to an electronic job-hunting environment. For many, the new knowledge they acquired from the tour revealed available jobs fitting their qualifications within driving distance of their homes. Participants also met with South Carolina and Georgia Workforce Investment Act representatives, who helped attendees apply for educational, professional training and other benefits they might qualify for but were not aware of. The tour partnered with state-run One Stop Centers to aid their clients in taking advantage of additional job-hunting resources. DeMetrice Allen helps a woman in Sylvania prepare for her job search. Perhaps the tour’s biggest impact was in Sylvania, Ga., where Sylvania Yarn Systems Inc., a major employer, had just announced that it would be closing its doors after 50 years. The timing of the devastating news coincided with the already-scheduled Oct. 28 tour stop. Road To Recovery workers were able to assist more than 120 people in formulating a path toward a new career. John Elliott listens to a Road To Recovery tour attendee. , 7
  10. 10. Recover y of Historic Proportions Built in the early 1950s, SRS played an important role in America’s nuclear defense. The scientists, engineers and workers of the massive 310-squaremile government complex were vital in staving off the Soviet Union’s progress during the nuclear arms race of the Cold War. The Recovery Act has fueled a second race, this time toward the completion of massive cleanup projects inside a short 45-month time frame that ends in December 2012. Recovery Act Portfolio Vice President Rich Slocum (right) talks with a DOE employee in R Area. 8 Recovery Act initiatives at the Site, which covers a landmass that is roughly the size of New York City, will eliminate legacy wastes and old nuclear production facilities to free more than 50 percent of the operational footprint for new missions. Thus, the Recover y Act will reduce the Site’s environmental legacy footprint by 207 square miles…more than three times the area of Washington, D.C. ,
  11. 11. Focus on RECOVERY Recover y on a Massive Scale Foresight helped to bring a tremendous influx of funds to SRS to resolve environmental issues on a massive scale. Because the Site had shovelready projects ready to implement when Congress authorized the $787 billion economic stimulus, American taxpayers and the CSRA are now reaping the benefits. More jobs, new small-businesses contracts and key cleanup projects are now underway as much as four decades ahead of schedule. Assuring that the work is performed safely and expertly is the job of the Site’s major contractors and the team of professionals of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River (DOE-SR) Operations Office. The work to be completed before the December 2012 deadline offers some statistics of amazing scale: The Big Top shelters inspections of TRU shipments from inclement weather. Facts provided by 5,000 cubic meters of transuranic waste disposed or staged for shipment – the equivalent of 440 dump truck loads 69 waste units r emediated – an area that is the size of 630 football fields set end to end, or 43 miles Jeffrey Allison, DOE-SR manager Per manent closure of two plutonium production reactors and the Heavy Water Components Te s t Re a c t o r ( H WC T R ) – requiring enough cement to fill four Home Depot stores to the ceiling Drillers from Boart Longyear use a rotosonic drill rig to extract a soil core at the M-Area Chemical Oxidation Project. Employees pour crush and run at the Heavy Water Components Test Reactor, known as “Hector.” SAVANNAH RIVER SITE 9
  12. 12. For more than half a century, P and R Reactors served as cornerstones of SRS’ role in the nation’s defense. These relics now stand at attention, ready for deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) in a precedent-setting end state fitting for two structures that led the nation to a Cold War victory. Known as the safest reactor in the world, P Reactor boasted a record of never having a lost-time injury from the time it reached criticality in February 1954 until it was shut down in 1988. R Reactor, the first fully functioning reactor at the Site, became operational in December 1953. It was shut down in 1964 when it was no longer needed for national defense. Recovery Act funds are being used to D&D P and R Reactors and to perform area soil and groundwater remediation. Slated for in situ decommissioning, the reactor buildings will be sealed and left intact, as they are expected to remain in their present state for 1,400 years. The underground areas will be grouted in place with an estimated 260,000 cubic yards of concrete grout. Recovery funds have also made possible the closure of the Heavy Water Components Test Reactor (HWCTR), an aging structure that has been an icon for more than 50 years. Known as “Hector” to SRS employees, it began as a test reactor in 1959 for experimental fuel assemblies for commercial heavy-water power reactors. It was active until 1964, when the government pursued other reactor designs for commercial electrical power generation. In 1965, fuel assemblies were removed; systems that contained heavy water were drained; fluid piping systems were drained; de-energized and disconnected; and the spent fuel basin was drained and dried. The doors of the reactor were shut for 30 years, until decommissioning plans were considered and ultimately postponed due to budget constraints. Heavy Water Components Test Reactor (HWCTR) The Recovery Act Project will consist of removing the reactor vessel and steam generators, demolishing the 75-foot dome, grouting the remaining structure in place and installing a concrete cover over the reactor’s footprint by 2011. Heavy water draining in support of final closure of both P and R Reactors Grouting preparations in R Area 10 ,
  13. 13. Work on RECOVERY Under the Recovery Act, SRNS will be accelerating the off-site disposal of legacy waste including transuranic waste, plutonium-uranium extraction solvent (PUREX), tritiated oil containing mercury, depleted uranium and lead recycling. This multifaceted program is explained below. Transuranic (TRU) Waste: The TRU program is actively excavating, characterizing, remediating and shipping for final disposition its inventory of legacy waste dating to the beginning of Site operations in the early 1950s. The Recovery Act has aided this program in shipping the waste off-site for disposal or having the waste ready for shipment by September 2012 – a full six years ahead of schedule. PUREX: This solvent was used to separate uranium and plutonium from Closure Project and Waste Management Director Jyh-Dong Chiou discusses plans with Garry Flowers, president and CEO of SRNS; Adam Bourgoin, Flowers’ staff coordinator; and Dennis Carr, deputy project director of the Recovery Act Portfolio. fission products during the operation of the Site’s F and H Canyons. The resulting waste was containerized and stored at the Site in its original liquid state. In late 2007, SRS began transporting the waste to an off-site facility, where it was stabilized and prepared for permanent disposition and then sent back to the Site. Recovery Act funding made it possible to ship the PUREX waste to an off-site facility, where it was placed in a mixed-waste disposal cell and buried permanently. Tritium- and Mercur y-Contaminated Oil: The Recovery Act has allowed off-site shipping of tritium- and mercury-contaminated oil, a project originally scheduled for 2053. The mixed waste had been slated to decay for 10-50 years, and then be shipped off-site. Now, the legacy oil is shipped in 55-gallon drums to an off-site facility. The associated contaminated equipment is shipped to another off-site facility for treatment and repackaging before final disposition. Depleted Uranium Oxide (DUO): The nuclear weapons program at SRS left the Site with a large inventory of DUO: 35,800 drums packaged in 55-gallon drums, including several thousand overpacked in 85-gallon drums. Since 2003, nearly 20,000 of these drums of low-level waste have been dispositioned. The remaining 15,606 drums are awaiting disposal through Recovery Act funding. Shipments by rail and truck are planned to be completed by late spring 2010. Lead Recycling: Recovery Act funds were used to ship a total of 205,000 pounds of nuclear lead, the equivalent weight of a space shuttle, to an off-site processing facility for commercial recycling. The Site uses lead to shield workers from radiation exposure in high-radiation areas. This project is more than process waste reduction; the material is reused, thus reducing the high cost associated with waste disposal while also ensuring that the most environmentally friendly option is exercised. In addition, lead recycling is safer because it cuts out the higher-risk activities of handing and repackaging. The latest shipment in November consisted of 51,600 pounds of lead and saved approximately $175,000. SRS legacy PUREX waste left the Site on Sept. 10, destined for the Nevada Test Site. In all, 21 shipments were made to the burial site, marking a tremendous milestone in waste reduction in SRS’ N Area. SAVANNAH RIVER SITE 11
  14. 14. Legacy Waste Leaving SRS Earlier Than Planned with Recover y Act Funding With the TRU program in full swing at SRS, legacy waste is living up to its name and becoming a thing of the past. The Recovery Act is making possible an accelerated program for SRNS to ship all of the Site’s stored TRU waste off-site by the end of December 2012 – a full six years ahead of schedule. Transuranic waste comprises mainly job-control items such as gloves, clothing, rags, residues, debris and tools that are contaminated with trace amounts of plutonium. The waste had been generated since the beginning of Site operations in the 1950s. The SRNS TRU waste program under Solid Waste Management (SWM) consists of the excavation of inventory buried under dirt mounds, characterization of the drums, and remediation of those that X-ray technology has determined contain items preventing them from being shipped and disposed of off-site. Culverts containing drums of TRU waste are unearthed. The Site began shipping its TRU waste inventory in 2001. Since that time, more than 1,000 shipments – involving 28,760 drums – have left the Site. Since the Site began operations, more than 50,000 drums and 3,000 nondrum containers of TRU waste have accumulated across the Site, including those buried on concrete pads. All but 1,000 of these drums have been retrieved. Excavation is underway to retrieve the remaining 1,000 drums, which are contained in concrete culverts 7 feet tall by 7 feet wide. Each of the culverts may hold up to 14 55-gallon drums or 24 30-gallon drums. To aid the shipping process, Solid Waste Management has constructed a huge vinyl tent with a metal frame measuring 160 feet long, 24 feet wide and 20 feet high to use in the Site’s E Area to shelter trucks awaiting inspection before they carry the TRU waste off-site. The Big Top, which is a brand name for the structure, keeps the truck, containers of TRU waste, and drivers and inspectors dry during inclement weather. The result is a quicker, more efficient inspection and, in the long run, a timely delivery. Recovery Act employees extract drums from the concrete culverts. The Recovery Act made 100 TRU shipments possible. 12 SAVANNAH RIVER SITE
  15. 15. TRU and Future RECOVERY Look i n g A hea d to 2 0 1 0 • Shipment and disposal of low l e v e l , m i x e d a n d T R U w a s t e ; legacy waste disposal • In situ decommissioning of R Reactor • R Area completion, including remediation of 16 waste units Core sampling is part of the extensive R-Area completion project. • P - A r e a D i s a s s e m b l y B a s i n Evaporator operation • In situ decommissioning of P R e a c t o r • P A r e a c o m p l e t i o n , i n c l u d i n g r e m e d i a t i o n o f 1 7 w a s t e u n i t s and 3 miles of underground process sewer lines Ten dump trucks have been leased to haul fill dirt to P and R Areas to support closure activities. • HWCTR decommissioning • S m a l l A r m s Tr a i n i n g A r e a ( S ATA ) a n d A d v a n c e d Te ch n i c a l Tr a i n i n g A r e a ( A T T A ) c o n s o l i d a t i o n a n d S ATA r e m e d i at i o n Small Arms Training Area (SATA) and Advanced Technical Training Area (ATTA) , Recovery Act employees perform remediation work for the P-Area Cask Car Railroad Project. 13
  16. 16. Nearly 600 people attended the Small-Business Forum for pointers on how to qualify for a Recovery Act contract. The Recover y Act is far-reaching, providing economic relief to area businesses as well as the people who call the CSRA home. Individually owned small businesses are the backbone of the community, offering jobs, paychecks and a rewarding way of life to business owners and employees and an array of unique services and products to the community. A majority of the $96 million in Recovery Act contracts awarded to businesses has been to local small businesses from a cross section of American life, with owners representing minorities, women, servicedisabled veterans and veterans. In order to foster these relationships, SRNS in November hosted a small-business forum in downtown Augusta. Nearly 600 small-business owners and representatives gathered, enthusiastic and hopeful, to get pointers on how to qualify for a contract with the Recovery Act Project at SRS. The forum’s success was largely due to the innovative opportunity it gave small-business representatives to meet face-toface with procurement specialists from the Site. These “matchmaking” sessions, each 10 minutes long, offered businesses a chance to present their companies to Recovery Act Project procurement buyers and obtain the information they needed to qualify for a Recovery Act contract. Speakers, including Dr. Vince Adams, DOE-Savannah River Recovery Act Portfolio manager; Garry Flowers, SRNS president and CEO; Jim French, president and project manager of Savannah River Remediation LLC; and Ralph Holland, assistant director of Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center, Office of Contracting, DOE, told the attendees that their success at SRS would hinge on three things: 1. Safety as a top priority. 2. Funding based on performance. 3. Hiring local talent and establishing an office in a nearby county. SRS is meeting or exceeding all goals to engage minority-owned and small, disadvantaged businesses. Performance Contracts Let Dollars Committed Goals Percent Achieved Total Recovery Act Contracts Competitive Profile 2,020 1,289 $206,243,628 $185,863,974 79% 0.0% 90.1% Small Business Certified Small, Disadvantaged Business 1,629 $151,787,744 50% 73.6% 668 $70,334,468 13% 34.1% Small, Woman-Owned Business 881 $72,728,470 11.4% 35.3% Small, Minority-Owned Business 8(a) Set-Aside 206 $19,131,273 5% 9.3% Small Business in Historically Underutilized Communities (HUBZone) 197 $5,380,407 3.1% 4.5% 1,118 51 $96,269,343 $2,240,480 25% 1.3% 46.7% 1.1% 107 $14,441,833 1.3% 7.0% Local Area Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Veteran-Owned 14 SAVANNAH RIVER SITE
  17. 17. Small Business Peters Machine and Welding Beech Island, S.C. Benefit from RECOVERY Act Last year was a bad year for Larry and Kevin Peters of Peters Machine and Welding in Beech Island, S.C. They had to borrow money to stay afloat and were hoping that someone or some company would need their particular machining abilities soon. Toward the end of the year, business was picking up, and then a tornado hit the shop and removed 90 percent of the shingles and ripped the façade from the building, tossing bricks deep inside of the shop. As the Recovery Act reached SRS in April 2009, the work orders came rolling in. SRS has found a need for the Peters brothers’ tools, which are essentially extension rods with gripping capabilities, adaptable to a variety of tasks. Gerald L. Peters, Larry and Kevin’s father, designed and patented the first of these “grippers” and started the company. The Recovery Act funding saved one small local business and two jobs – the Peters brothers not only own the business, but they are also its only two employees. Larry and Kevin Peters thank the Recovery Act for helping preserve their business. The Site adapts extension rods with gripping capabilities to a variety of tasks. Carolina Fresh Far ms Neeses, S.C. What started as a side business in the early 1990s to help a sodding company through the cold months of winter is, almost 20 years later, helping it weather the lean months of the recession. The 3,000-acre Carolina Fresh Farms is headquartered in Neeses, S.C., and was awarded a Recovery Act Project contract by SRNS to supply 20 8- by 24-foot-long enclosed cargo trailers. Carolina Fresh Farms is also providing sprayable erosion-control materials at the P-Area Reactor Seepage Basins. Owner John Fogle, who started the business in 1954 selling coastal hay and farming row crops at his 50-acre farm in Orangeburg County, found that providing trailers could help offset a decrease in revenue during the cold months when home landscaping companies and commercial businesses were not buying or laying sod. Richard Moore has supplied additional trailers to the Site’s Portable Equipment Commodity Management Center. “When the Recovery Act money started to be awarded, the Site needed more trailers,” said Richard Moore, the company’s commercial sales manager. That’s when Fogle jumped on the opportunity. The trailers will be used for the Site’s Portable Equipment Commodity Management Center (PECMC) to house tools, protective equipment, flashlights, bottled water, earplugs, hardhats, gloves and other materials at locations undergoing cleanup that are part of the SRS Area Closure Project (ACP). , 15
  18. 18. The essence of the Recover y Act at SRS – putting Americans back to work on impor tant cleanup projects – is evident in the faces and voices of the people who received jobs. Each one of these people has a story that is unique, but at the same time bound by a common thread: a strong desire to work, stymied by the lack of a job. Many of the Recovery Act workers live in rural communities in South Carolina and Georgia, where unemployment reached 23 percent at the start of the Recovery Act and closing manufacturing plants dimmed all prospects for hometown employment. For the tight-knit residents of small towns, leaving an extended family, a family home, a way of life and a heritage that they helped to create was something they could not do. The Recovery Act came just in time to preserve this lifestyle – so rich in commitment – for those in the communities surrounding SRS. The nearly 2,500 new or retained jobs at SRS have offered real relief to families, saved family homes, retained college funds and allowed this hardy group to do what they do best: work and provide. Kera Woods Aiken, S.C. Superfund Job Training Initiative graduate Kera Woods is a participant of an innovative program showcased at SRS. The Superfund Job Training Initiative (Super JTI) at SRS is the only one in the DOE Complex. It was initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency to provide disadvantaged adults with the job skills necessary to work at a Superfund location. These locations are typically abandoned hazardous waste sites or sites in need of specialized remediation. Candidates recruited for the program are residents of economically depressed rural areas neighboring the Site. These communities currently suffer from the nation’s highest unemployment rates. Many recruits were additionally challenged by a lack of role models engaged in technical or professional fields. “The Super JTI program gave us a lot of great advice and skills that I am putting to use,” Woods said. She sees the opportunity the Super JTI program gave her and the job she subsequently earned as one of the biggest opportunities in the CSRA. “The door was open; the group had to take it seriously,” she said. “The advancement opportunities out here are incredible. As long as I do my job, there is no excuse why I can’t make advancements.” James Hall North Augusta, S.C. P Reactor decommissioning “If it weren’t for the stimulus plan, I would be forced to take jobs across the country,” said James Hall, who is working to decommission P Reactor. Hall, a sheet metal worker, had been unemployed for four months before his union told him about the Recovery Act position at SRS. Hall was accustomed to working on jobs across the country for extended periods of time in order to support his family. “The money being invested at SRS affords me an opportunity to be with my family and provide them with benefits. “The stimulus plan is a win-win for the Site and its workers. The Site gets to accelerate the necessary closure of Cold War facilities, while preparing for future missions, and I get to earn a paycheck for my skills and expertise. “I am excited that I’ve been given an opportunity to be a part of history.” 16
  19. 19. Faces of RECOVERY Sandra Holman Blackville, S.C. pipefitter “I was out of work for almost a year, and during that time participated in the training my union offered me, such as hazardous materials and hazardous waste operations and emergency response training, but I was mainly hoping and waiting for them to call with a job for me,” she said. “As a child I enjoyed helping my father, who was a jack-of-all-trades. I thought, ‘I enjoyed helping him with this, and I was pretty good at it, so why not?’” Holman was able to use her skills to land a Recovery Act job. Bobby Jones Islandton, S.C. deactivation and decommissioning, P Area The Recovery Act came just in time for Bobby Jones, who was facing a layoff at SRS, where he worked for 27 years. He figured he would have to travel away from his family and Hampton County home to make a living. “I would have had to likely travel hundreds of miles away to find construction work,” he said. Other jobs before he came to SRS have taken him to Tennessee, North Carolina and all over South Carolina for six- to eightmonth stretches of time. Thanks to the Recovery Act, the Islandton resident was able to stay put and work on the deactivation and decommissioning effort in P Area, part of the Recovery Act plan to reduce the Site’s operational footprint by more than 50 percent by the close of the project in September 2011. Bill Blake Augusta, Ga. Area Completion Projects and Solid Waste Management Despite two master’s degrees, a long military career and a job with a global corporation, the recession found Bill Blake of Augusta. The Recovery Act helped rescue him from unemployment, and he’s thankful. “Recession affects everyone; it knows no boundaries,” said Blake. “From the richest of the rich to the poorest of the poor, recession hits everyone where it hurts – right in the pocket.” Blake now supports the ACP and SWM teams at SRS.In this position, he is responsible for filling staffing requirements and providing and managing resources, from office supplies to vehicles to specialized equipment for onsite projects. His contract is for two and a half years, but is renewable each year. After his contract is complete, Blake would like to become a permanent employee at SRS. Mildred Stallingss Barnwell, S.C. a s b e s t o s r e m ove r, P Re a c t o r Mildred Stallings is proud of her work in asbestos removal; she feels it is challenging and rewarding because she knows she’s making SRS safer for future generations. As a mother of three sons, ages 25, 21 and 9, she is conscious of how her work now will affect their futures. “I’ve lived in Barnwell for the past 35 years. My older sons have their own careers and their own lives. I’m very proud of them. My youngest son is going to grow up in the same area, and I want him to be safe. I feel that I’m helping to keep him safe by removing this potentially hazardous material,” Starlings said. “The goal for SRS is to have everyone leave here in the same condition in which they arrived, and there are procedures in place to make sure that happens.” 17
  20. 20. Savannah River Site Aiken, SC 29808 Recovery at Work – Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Employment Contracts the Recovery Act has retained 798 jobs and created 1,414 new jobs at SRS (through Dec. 24). Approximate total value of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions contracts placed to support the Recovery Act. 77 percent of this amount has been awarded to small businesses (through Dec. 31). 2,212 Jobs. Thus far, Local $266,429,784 $115,100,184 Approximate total value of Recovery Act contracts Savannah River Nuclear Solutions awarded to local businesses. 48 percent of this amount has been awarded to local small businesses (through Dec. 31). SAVANNAH RIVER SITE