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January 23, 2013
Employees with the K-25 demolition team gather for a photo following the completion of demolition of the north end of the K-25 Building today.
Oak Ridge EM Program Completes K-25 North End Demolition

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – News cameras today captured one of the final stages of DOE’s largest-ever demolition project.

December 27, 2012
Demolition of K-25, DOE’s largest-ever demolition project, is ongoing.
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Pursues Vision of Future While Remembering Past

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – What a difference a year makes.

In 2012, DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (EM) surged ahead on the agency’s largest-ever demolition project, the K-25 building. Due to effective federal oversight, and the efficient work of the site’s prime contractor, URS|CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the 44-acre Manhattan Project-era superstructure is disappearing quickly.

December 11, 2012
A new enclosure for processing radioactive casks has put Oak Ridge on a path to finishing cleanup work two years ahead of schedule, saving nearly $20 million. | Photo courtesy of the Office of Environmental Management.
Waste Treatment Facility Saves Taxpayers Nearly $20 Million

Cleanup work is ahead of schedule at Oak Ridge , saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

August 15, 2012
New Facility Saves $20 Million, Accelerates Waste Processing

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s EM program recently began operations at a newly constructed facility that will accelerate the completion of remote-handled transuranic (TRU) waste processing at the site by two years and save taxpayers more than $20 million.

August 1, 2012
Workers near completion of the non-technetium area of K-25’s east wing (left). Oak Ridge anticipates beginning demolition on the North Tower (right) by October.
Oak Ridge Commemorates Past, Moves Forward with Cleanup of Historic K-25 Site

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Representatives from federal, state, and local historic preservation groups gathered earlier this month to celebrate the formal completion of an agreement that preserves the historic contributions of Oak Ridge’s K-25 site to the Manhattan Project and Cold War.

July 12, 2012
DOE and UCOR employees held an event today celebrating the recent contract reconciliation.
EM, UCOR Quickly Reconcile Oak Ridge Cleanup Contract

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – At a ceremony today, Oak Ridge’s Environmental Management (EM) program and its prime contractor, URS | CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC (UCOR) celebrated the completion of the site’s reconciled cleanup contract.

July 1, 2012
BEFORE: An aerial photo shows Building K-33 before demolition.
Oak Ridge Finishes Site’s Largest Demolition Project to Date

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – This month, the Oak Ridge Environmental Management (EM) program finished the final phase of the Building K-33 demolition project.

May 1, 2012
Workers remove the 4,000-gallon Tank W-1A, which was ORNL’s greatest source of groundwater contamination.
Oak Ridge Removes Laboratory’s Greatest Source of Groundwater Contamination

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – This month, Oak Ridge’s EM program bid farewell to the last shipment of waste from the Tank W-1A project.

April 1, 2012
A waste area at an East Tennessee Technology Park scrap yard before cleanup.
‘Project Wipeout’ Helps Clean Up Oak Ridge

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – A term like “Project Wipeout,” may conjure images of military operations, extreme sporting events or a comical competition show on television.

February 1, 2012
Employees receive training to remove Tank W-1A. From 1951 until 1986, the tank collected and stored liquid waste from radiochemical separations and high-radiation facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, until significant levels of soil and groundwater contamination were traced to the vessel.
Oak Ridge Makes Safety a Community Affair

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Safety has long been a cornerstone of Oak Ridge’s operations, from conducting advanced research to removing dilapidated structures and transporting radioactive waste.