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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 25, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCE 1867  Review finds SRS' tritium facility safety ^weakened'  BYANNADOLIANITIS  adolianitis@aikenstandard. com ■  The National Nuclear Security Administration's approval of downgraded safety controls at the Savannah River Site's tritium facilities has weakened the safety posture and increased the potential for exposure accidents, according to a recent letter from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board to the NNSA.  The DNFSB, an independent organization within the executive branch of the federal government, said the results of a recent review by the board's staff showed that the Savannah River Site oifice has approved downgradmg satety controls based on "safety philosophy" changes for its facilities that have "weakened the safety posture" and "reduced the safety margin," according to the Aug. 19 letter addressed to NNSA administrator Thomas D'Agostino.  The letter stated that the revised safety basis calculations replaced conservative parameters for accidental tritium release with less conservative parameters.  "The most significant issue is the lack of adequate conservatism in the revised consequence analysis for the design basis accident at the SRS tritium facilities," the letter signed by DNFSB board Chairman Peter Winokur read.  SEE TRITIUM, 12A  D'AGOSTINO  WINOKUR  IN THE llw :  Costco breaks ground on Augusta location  Plans for a large-scale lifestyle and entertainment shopping center on Riverwatch Parkway in Augusta are a go, breaking ground on a Costco membership wholesale store expected to open by the end of the year.  SEE LOCAL NEWS, 2A  To Stay or go? Officials ponder Irene evacuations  Hurricane Irene is coming, but where will it land?  SEE NATIONAL NEWS, 7A  TODAY'S FORECAST  92  .O  SEE WEATHER, 6C  AREA DEATHS  Alice Augusto Hennlngs, Aiken Claire L. Wagner, Aiken Ethel Mabry, Warrenville Herbert R. DlSalvo, Beecti Island JohiHiie Nathaniel "Jay" Toole Jr.. North Martha Jane Boggess, Aiken  SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS, 6A  INSIDE  Classifieds Crossword     5C    Markets..............    4B      5B    Movie Listings...    SC      4C    Sports.................    IB      3C    TV Listings .......V    2C      4C    Weather..............    6C     STEVE JOBS STEPS DOWN  lATED PRESS  SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Jobs, le mind behind the iPhone, iPad and devices that turned Apple Inc. into of the wof^ld's most powerfiil compa-resigned as CEO m Wednesday, say-can no longer handle the job but will play a role in leading tiie company.  The move appears to be the result of an unspecified medical condition for which he took an indefinite leave fi'om his post in January. Apple's chief operating officer, Tim took, has been named CEO.  In a letter addressed to Apple's board and the "Apple community," Jobs said he "always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as  Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come."  The company said Jobs gave the board his resignation Wednesday and suggested Cook be named the company's new leader. Apple said Jobs was elected board chairman and Cook is becoming a member of its board.  SEE APPLE, 7A  THURSDAY,  VOL 145 NO. 237 »500  AIKEN TECHNICAL COLLEGE  STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT  OFF TO SCHOOL: After a stint In the U.S. Army, Phillip Lynn enrolled at Aiken Technical College last year to support his wife Jodl, daughter Kylah and now a second baby due In October. Classes started at ATC Wednesday.  ATC revs up for new year  BYRDBNOVIT   rnovit@aikenstandard.com   Jeffrey Hall stood in line at the Aiken Technical College bookstore Wednesday -surely as motivated and delighted to be on campus as anyone during the first day of classes.  Hall, a New Ellenton resident, spent six years in the U.S. Army, an infantr^an who was seriously wounded in Iraq after being deployed during the surge of2007-08. He suffered back and knee injuries, and spent time with the Wounded Warriors program at Fort Gordon.  "I got a medical discharge just a few days ago," Hall said. "But I had to wait a year for it and was still on active duty. But things are starting to come together now."  He and his wife Jenny have two daughters, ages 2 and 4; Jenny just started her first year as a North Augusta High School English teacher.  "I'm going to do industrial technology, which I worked on before I, went into the Army," Hall said. "I couldn't make it in the world without some sort of education."  About 3,100 students have enrolled at  ATC this semester - close to last year's numbers, said President Dr. Susan Wmsor.  Even as the recession has lingered, there are still good jobs out there, she said. Unfortunately, most of them require education to overcome a mismatch between the skill sets required.  Wmsor cited a report fi'om the Southem Govemor's Association about the shortage of "mid-skill" job candidates throughout the nation.  "Mid-level is a high level, and you could put any of our programs in that range," she said. "Education is increasingly more important as employers are looking for skills fi-om those who can contribute. We can manage incremental growth and have ways of forecasting that! The important message is that on a more global level, there are limited jobs for those without specific job levels."  To meet those needs, Aiken Technical College is providing a number of continuing and new programs and initiatives. A new career center program helps students understand the variety of jobs available beyond their own personal experiences.  SEEATC,12A  JUKEHSTAmARDfllE PHOTO  HUSTLING ON DEFENSE: GA-SC Bulls U12 Girls Red player Kaylee Rickard pursues the ball during a game at last year's Soccer Cup.  Aiken Soccer Cup to return this weekend  BY AMY BANTON   abanton@aikenstandard.com   The 16th Annual Aiken Soccer Cup Tournament will kick off this Saturday.  Soccer teams fi-om Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, along with 90 referees, will hit the Powderhouse, Whitney and Winthrop polo fields for one of the biggest sporting events in Aiken.  Sponsored by the GA-SC Bulls Soccer Club, the southeast regional toumament will have a total of 150 teams competing in 350 games this weekend. The competition has grown since last year, which pulled in a little more than 140 teams, according to GA-SC Bulls Treasurer Kim Bryan. Teams will include players ranging fi'om the ages of 8 to 18.  "We're anticipating a great toumament," said Jason Spinks, Aiken Soccer Cup toumament director and Bulls soccer club director of events and operations. "We're looking forward to a very good event."  Bryan said the soccer club has been preparing for this event for about two weeks, drawing lines on the fields, assembling goals and more for 24 different soccer fields.  "It takes a lot of manpower to do it," Bryan said about the prep work. "It's a massive undertaking to get it together."  The toumament raises money for the club's scholarship players. The club, which is a nonprofit, has provided $50,000 in scholarship money in four years, Bryan said.  SEE SOCCER,12A  ACSO issues hundreds of permits to sell metal  BY KAREN DAILY   kdaily@aikenstandard.com   Since early last week, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office has issued more than 315 metal recycling permits to those looking to transport or sell nonferrous metals in South Carolina.  Despite the constant influx of applicants, Aiken County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Troy Elwell said deputies continue to stop motorists who are transporting the metal without a permit.  Many of those who don't have the permit may be headed across state lines, where the permits are not required, Elwell suggested.  Deputies have also come across people attempting to pass counterfeit permits, prompting the sheriff^s office to create a permit with a watermark on it that can't easily be duplicated.  At Coastal Recycling Inc., on Edgefield Highway in Aiken, droves of people bring in metal to be recycled each day. The Aiken business takes in 50 tons a day.  They require the permits, said Aiken  STAFF PHOTO BY KMEN DAILY HEAVY METAL: Costal Recycling Inc. takes in about 50 tons of metal a day.  County resident Leigh Harris.  She said she has been cleaning up abandoned properties to make a little extra money for the past month and only recently learned about the new permit law.  She said she attempted to sell metal at Coastal earlier in the week but was told by an employee she needed to get the proper paperwork.  "It only took a few minutes," she said, clutching the permit.  Harris went to the sheriff's office on Hampton Avenue, and, like more than 300 others have already done, she filled out a permit application and provided a photo ID to be copied and kept on file at the sheriff's office.  The permits are free and are good for a year.  A 48-hour permit is also available, but the vast majority of those applying at the sheriff^s office are seeking a 12-month permit.  Applicants must also provide the license plate number of the vehicle being used to haul the metal.  The new law mandates that businesses only buy from permitted sellers and pay them by check.  Elwell said Coastal is being very cooperative and even alerted the sheriff's office of some suspicious behavior by sellers.  Harris said she has seen law enforcement at the business questioning a handful of people.  SEE METAL, 12A   

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