November 2015 Meeting

Monday, November 9, 2015
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Pellissippi State Technical Community College
10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville
J.L. Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex


The Fukushima Daiichi Accident or How I Almost Had My Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Presented By
Elizabeth C. Phillips
Oak Ridge Environmental Management
Oak Ridge, Tennessee


After the Fukushima Daiichi accident many measures have been taken to remediate the site. One of these is to install a frozen soil barrier around the site. A frozen soil barrier to contain radioactive groundwater was installed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1997 and its effectiveness and comparison to the barrier at Fukushima will be discussed.


Elizabeth Phillips has over 30 years of Environmental Management experience. She has worked in private industry as a consultant and government contractor, Tennessee State Government as a regulator and the Department of Energy as a program and project manager. She has a B.S. in Geology from Vanderbilt University and she completed her M.S. in Environmental Engineering as a working mother of two. She has participated in the Project Management Certification program and has held increasingly more responsible positions in her DOE career. Her responsibilities over the past several years include management of numerous remediation projects at the Y-12 National Security Complex, including the mercury remediation activities, development of a sitewide Groundwater Strategy and Program Manager for the Environmental Technology Development Program. Her job included bringing together the regulatory agency representatives, scientists, government contractors and NNSA and DOE project managers to negotiate the best strategy for mercury remediation. For the past nineteen years she has managed technology development projects whose team members include the National Laboratories, private industry, government contractors, regulatory agencies and universities, to work together on solving difficult environmental remediation issues. She managed the national Dense Non Aqueous Phase Liquids Product Line for DOE EM. She is on the advisory committees of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Science Focus Area on Mercury and Integrated Field-scale Subsurface Research Challenge. She is currently an NQA-1 trained auditor and Program Manager for Technology Development, EMS, and Sustainability.


Page updated May 26, 2018