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May 28, 2014
The current disposal cell, the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility, is projected to reach capacity in the early 2020s.
Small business to conduct characterization work

DOE's Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (EM) recently awarded a task order to Alliant Corporation, a service-disabled veteran owned small business, to perform characterization at the proposed site for the future Environmental Management Disposal Facility.

May 7, 2014
Transite panel removal begins on K-31 Building

Workers have begun removing transite paneling from the outside of the K-31 Building at East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP).  The 1.49 million ft former gaseous diffusion building was once used to produce enriched uranium for defense and commercial purposes.  It was permanently shut down in 1987.

March 24, 2014
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, at ETTP's fire station, discusses economic opportunities in Oak Ridge.
Governor Haslam touts Oak Ridge’s economic possibilities

On March 21, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam visited the Energy Department’s East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge. During his visit, he met leadership from OREM and UCOR, the site’s primary cleanup contractor, along with state and local officials to learn how environmental cleanup is paving the way for economic development in the region.

March 18, 2014
Aaron White (left), an environmental scientist with OREM, speaks to Vine Middle School students about the opportunities available through a college education.
EM participates in local middle school’s career week

OREM recently participated in Vine Middle School’s 6th Annual College and Career Week. OREM sends employee representatives to the Knoxville-based middle school every year to educate children about the value of education and the diverse jobs that are possible through the sciences.

March 12, 2014
Heather Cloar, a DOE employee in Oak Ridge, was named as a member of this year's 40 Under 40.
DOE employee listed among area’s rising leaders

Earlier this year, the Greater Knoxville Business Journal compiled a list of East Tennessee’s top rising business and community leaders under the age of 40. The 2014 listing featured Heather Cloar, a contacting officer with the Energy Department in Oak Ridge.

February 21, 2014
Tennessee’s third district Representative Chuck Fleishman receives updates about EM projects in Oak Ridge from OREM Manager Mark Whitney and Jason Darby, an OREM senior project manager.
Congressman Visits OREM

Tennessee’s third district Representative Chuck Fleishman visits OREM to receive updates about cleanup projects happening and planned across the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

February 14, 2014
Bald eagles are one of the many migratory birds that nest on the Oak Ridge Reservation.
Oak Ridge recognized for bird protection practices

Oak Ridge’s efforts to protect migratory birds recently garnered honorable mention for the 2013 Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award. The Energy Department championed the effort through partnerships with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, UT-Battelle, and URS | CH2M Oak Ridge.

January 31, 2014
Colin Colverson, an Energy Department attorney in Oak Ridge, wins the prestigious Postma Young Professional Medal.
Local employee honored for community involvement

Last month, the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) recognized Colin Colverson, an Energy Department attorney in Oak Ridge, with the prestigious Postma Young Professional Medal. The selection committee chooses an annual recipient for the award that displays elite community service and leadership qualities.

January 24, 2014
Michael Rigas, a civil engineer with OREM, teaches students at Woodland Elementary how to make lava lamps.
Employees share the fun of STEM at local elementary

Employees from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management participated in Woodland Elementary’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) night. Employees volunteered to help students from kindergarten through fourth grade forge a love for math and science and realize the possibilities these disciplines offer.

December 24, 2013
Crews tear though the final wall of Building K-25, bringing an end to the five-year demolition project.
Oak Ridge Focuses on Old and New in 2013

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - In 2013, the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management completed numerous projects. Some of the major accomplishments involved reaching two long-standing goals and progressing on the design of a new construction project.