Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 25, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25,2011 VOL. 145, MO. 237 • 500
AIKEN TECHNICAL COLLEGE
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.
D AGOSTINO The DNFSB, an indepen
dent organization within
B 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 office has approved I downgrading safety controls based on “safety philoso-wiumnin changes for its facili-
" ties that have “weakened the
safety' posture” and “reduced the safety margin,” according to the Aug.
19 letter addressed to NNSA administrate Thomas D’Agostino.
The letter stated that the rev ised 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 Ila; rev ised consequence analysis for the design basis accident at the SRS tritium facilities,” the letter signed by DNFSB board Chairman Peter Winokur read.
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STEVE JOBS STEPS DOWN
The move appears to be the result of an unspecified medical condition for which he took an indefinite leave from 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.
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SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Jobs,
; mind behind the iPhone, iPad and ler devices that turned Apple Inc. into of the world’s most powerful compa-resigned as CEO on Wednesday, say-can no longer handle the job but w ill play a role in leading the company.
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Review finds SRS’ tritium facility safety ‘weakened’
BY ANNA COLONITIS
ACSO issues hundreds of permits to sell metal
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AIKEN STAMARO FILE 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
STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVtT
OFF TO SCHOOL: After a stint in the U.S. Army, Phillip Lynn enrolled at Aiken Technical College last year to support his wife Jodi, daughter Kylah and now a second baby due in October. Classes started at ATC Wednesday.
ATC revs up for new year
BY ROB NOVIT
Jeffrey Hall stood rn line at the Aiken Technical College bookstore Wednesday -surely as motivated and delighted to be on cam pas as anyone during the first day of
Hall, a New Ellenton resident, spent six years in the U.S. Army, an infantryman who was seriously wounded rn Iraq after being deployed during the surge of 2007-08. 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 wan a year tor it and was still on active chay. But things are '.tarting to come together now.”
He and his w ile 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 L went into the Army,” Hall saki. “I couldn’t make it in the world without some sort of education.”
About 3,100 students have enrolled at
ATL this semester close to last year’s numbers, said President Dr. Susan Winsor.
Even as the recession has lingered, there are still good jobs oui there, she said. Unfortunately, most of them require education to overcome a mismatch between the skill sets required.
Winsor cited a report from the Southern Governor’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 ut that range,” she said. “Education is increasingly more important lei employers are looking for skills from those who can contribute. We can manage incremental growth and have ways of forecasting ll val. The important message is that on a more global level, there are limited jobs for those w ithout specific job levels “
To meet those needs, Aiken Technical College is prov (ding a number of continuing and new programs and initiativ es A new career cimier program helps students understand the variety of jobs available beyond their own personal experiences.
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BY AMY BANTON
The 16th Annual Aiken Soccer Cup Tournament will kick off this Saturday.
Soccer teams from 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 tournament 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 kiln Bryan. Teams will include players ranging from the ages of 8 to 18.
“We’re anticipating a great tournament,” said Jason Spinks, Aiken Soccer Cup tournament 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 tw o weeks, draw ing 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 tournament raises money for lite club \ scholarship players. The club, which is a nonprofit, has prov ided $50,000 in scholarship money in four years, Bryan said.
BY KAREN DAILY
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 Sheriffs 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,
!X‘puties have also come across people attempting to pass counterfeit permits, prompting the sheriffs 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 tore a day.
They require the permits, said Aiken
STAFF PHOTO BY RAHEB BAILY
HEAVY METAL: Costal Recycling Inc. takes in about 50 tons of metal a day.
County resident Leigh Hams.
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 sheriffs 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 sherif!''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 sheriffs office are seeking a 12-month permit,
Applicants must also prov ide the license plate number of the v ehicle 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 sheriffs office of some suspicious behavior by sellers.
Hams said she has seen law enforcement at the business questioning a handful of people.
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