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June 15, 2016
OREM Manager Sue Cange tells attendees about the organization’s budget and planning process, including its funding levels, commitments, and near-term priorities.
Oak Ridge Community Meeting Focused on Enabling Future Missions

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) recently hosted its annual community workshop, an event intended to raise awareness about the organization’s budget and planning process, including its funding levels, commitments, and near-term priorities.

May 31, 2016
Crews are moving at an impressive pace on Building K-27, completing more than 65 percent of the demolition since February.
Oak Ridge’s Building K-27 Disappearing Quickly

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – In February 2016, demolition crews made their first tear into the K-27 gaseous diffusion building. Now, only months later, the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) have already completed demolition on more than 65 percent of the four-story, 383,000-square-foot facility.

May 31, 2016
Employees collect samples to record mercury levels in the East Fork Poplar Creek ecosystem at the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee.
New EM Plan Calls for Research, Technology to Help Fight Mercury Contamination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM has released a new plan to address mercury contamination that advocates for research and technology development to resolve key technical uncertainties with the pollutant in environmental remediation, facility deactivation and decommissioning, and tank waste processing.

May 25, 2016
Among the items the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization is making available for beneficial reuse from the Savannah River Site are 653 excess refrigerant containing units.
DOE Recognizes Two EM Sites with Sustainability Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Teams at two EM sites have been recognized with 2016 Energy Sustainability Awards for spearheading projects that have saved taxpayer dollars while promoting efficiency and smart use of DOE resources.

April 27, 2016
Panel moderator Jenny Freeman, president of the Energy Technology and Environmental Business Association (second from left), talks as panelists (left to right) Ken Harrawood, senior director of Y-12 Legacy Facility Disposition, Mark Duff, director of Environmental Management, Fluor Paducah Deactivation Project, and EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto listen.
EM Cleanup Chief Discusses Path Forward for DOE’s Excess Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto joined other Department officials, members of Congress, contractors, and other stakeholders at an event on Capitol Hill for the bipartisan House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus to discuss forging a path to clean up the more than 2,000 excess facilities in the Department’s inventory — a number expected to grow by 1,000 in the next 10 years.

April 27, 2016
Left to right, ORSSAB Chair Belinda Price, EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, City of Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch, and Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Deputy Manager Jay Mullis gather at the EM SSAB 2016 Spring Chairs Meeting in Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge Hosts EM Site Specific Advisory Board Spring Chairs Meeting

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – More than 60 participants from across the country traveled to Oak Ridge this month to attend the EM Site Specific Advisory Board’s (SSAB) 2016 Spring Chairs Meeting. The event was hosted by the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).

April 14, 2016
A worker surveys the switchyard before electrical equipment is taken down as part of demolition and cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
Oak Ridge’s EM Program Unplugs Former Electrical Switchyard

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) recently completed the final shipment of material from the first phase of its demolition and cleanup of the K-732 Switchyard at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP).

April 7, 2016
Senior officials from DOE's Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and North Wind Solutions, LLC meet to sign a partnering agreement that defines the working arrangement and expectations between the two organizations.
OREM and North Wind Solutions Sign Partnering Agreement

On April 6, senior officials from DOE's Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and North Wind Solutions, LLC met to sign a partnering agreement that defines the working arrangement and expectations between the two organizations. North Wind assumed responsibility for the Transuranic Waste Processing Center in December 2015.

March 31, 2016
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Manager Sue Cange, center, listens to Atomic Trades and Labor Council President Mike Thompson Mike Thompson speak at the Waste Management Conference. Betsy Child, chief of staff and regulatory officer for URS|CH2M Oak Ridge, is at left.
Waste Management Conference Highlights Oak Ridge’s Progress and Partnerships

PHOENIX – The Waste Management Conference this month dedicated a day to highlighting the work of DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) with the theme, “Purpose. Progress. Partnership.”

February 11, 2016
Oak Ridge's EM program kicked off the K-27 Building demolition Feb. 8.
Oak Ridge's K-27 Demolition Officially Begins

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The ceremonial “first bite” on Feb. 8 signaled the start of the K-27 Building demolition as URS|CH2M Oak Ridge, the EM Oak Ridge program's lead cleanup contractor for the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), moved closer to fulfilling Vision 2016 — removal of all gaseous diffusion buildings from the site by year’s end.