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Savannah River National Laboratory Celebrates More Than 60 Years of Innovation

April 29, 2014 - 4:12pm

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DOE Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance David Klaus, center, speaks during the SRNL 10th anniversary ceremony. Seated behind Klaus, left to right, are Savannah River Nuclear Solutions President and CEO Dwayne Wilson, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, SRNL Director Dr. Terry Michalske, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, EM Acting Assistant Secretary Dave Huizenga, and Savannah River Operations Office Manager Dr. Dave Moody.

DOE Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance David Klaus, center, speaks during the SRNL 10th anniversary ceremony. Seated behind Klaus, left to right, are Savannah River Nuclear Solutions President and CEO Dwayne Wilson, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, SRNL Director Dr. Terry Michalske, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, EM Acting Assistant Secretary Dave Huizenga, and Savannah River Operations Office Manager Dr. Dave Moody.

AIKEN, S.C. – EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is celebrating its first 10 years as a national laboratory and over 60 years of dedicated service to the country.

More than 900 employees and special guests gathered on the grounds of SRNL this month to mark the important milestone, including DOE Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance David Klaus and EM Acting Assistant Secretary Dave Huizenga.

SRNL began as the Savannah River Laboratory, designed to lead the Savannah River Site’s part in the nuclear defense program. The laboratory now has three main areas of focus: national security, environmental stewardship, and clean energy. SRNL is DOE’s only designated EM laboratory, touching more than 50 foreign countries, engaged with over 90 private companies and universities, and supporting more than 20 different federal agencies.

“SRNL has made the transition from a site-specific resource to a true National Laboratory,” Klaus said. “The lab is instrumental is helping manage the challenges of nuclear waste cleanup efficiently and effectively, while also advancing technologies that enable us to compete in a global economy.”

With SRNL research ranging from hydrogen-fueled vehicles to security of our nation’s electric grid, SRNL is making an impact on more than just South Carolina.

“SRNL innovations in technology will have a much broader impact as the U.S. moves to be the technology competitor of the world,” Klaus said. “SRNL is vital in addressing not only the nation’s waste challenges, but in developing technology for the rest of the world. This is how we will be competitive in a global economy.”

Innovations developed at SRNL in the past five years have provided more than $5 billion in complex-wide savings for the EM program.

“The laboratory’s research has been integral to the advancement of EM’s mission in radioactive waste treatment and the cleanup of groundwater and soils,” Huizenga said.

SRNL External Advisory Board member and former laboratory director Dr. Susan Wood said the caliber of people who are willing to invest their time and energy to focus on SRNL’s success speaks volumes about how the laboratory is regarded at the national level.

“The External Advisory Board’s assessment is that SRNL’s science and technology contributions have been and continue to be important to this region, more broadly to the nation and have also been successfully applied internationally. They have an outstanding record of solving very real and difficult technical problems.”

SRNL Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Michalske said, “This is a time to appreciate our history, celebrate who we are today, and perhaps most importantly, look forward to our future as a vital asset in the network of national laboratories. I am genuinely excited by the new initiatives that this laboratory is leading and by the increasingly important role it is playing for the nation.”

SRNL is a multi-program applied research and development laboratory for DOE. SRNL applies state-of-the-art science and engineering to provide practical, high-value, cost-effective solutions for our nation’s environmental cleanup, nuclear security, and clean energy challenges. For more information, click here.

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