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March 26, 2013
As part of the Energy Department's launch of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, Assistant Secretary David Danielson toured the new Carbon Fiber Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Carbon fiber has the potential to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles. | Photo courtesy of Jason Richards, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Energy Department Launches Bold New Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

To ensure American leadership in clean energy manufacturing, a new initiative aims to strengthen manufacturing capabilities while improving energy efficiency of operations.

March 25, 2013
2013 Annual Planning Summary for the NNSA Production Office

The ongoing and projected Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements for 2013 and 2014 within the NNSA Production Office.

March 11, 2013
Safety inspections are a key element in a nuclear cleanup environment with large pieces of cleanup equipment. Inspections are essential to continuing safety success and reaching new milestones.| Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge: Approaching 4 Million Safe Work Hours

Workers at URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the prime contractor for EM’s Oak Ridge cleanup, are approaching a milestone of 4 million safe work hours without a lost time away incident.

“In our line of work, safety accomplishments are never randomly achieved,” said Mark Whitney, Oak Ridge’s EM manager. “Reaching 4 million safe hours requires uniform commitment by employees and continual emphasis by leadership and onsite managers to perform every task, large and small, thoroughly and safely.”

February 27, 2013
Mike Tidwell performs a leak check and inspection on propane tanks
Oak Ridge: Approaching 4 Million Safe Work Hours

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Workers at URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the prime contractor for EM’s Oak Ridge cleanup, are approaching a milestone of 4 million safe work hours without a lost time away incident.

February 19, 2013
Wrigley Manufacturing Company is using solar energy to help run its Altoids manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. | Photo courtesy of Chris Davis, Tennessee Solar Institute.
Savings to Chew On: Wrigley Expands Commitment to Sustainability

Wrigley Manufacturing Company is using solar energy to help run its Altoids manufacturing plant.

January 30, 2013
Chromium Water Treatment System Facility Manager Matt Finley stands near one of the facility’s ground wells.
New EM Facility Treats Groundwater at Oak Ridge

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s EM program is operating a new facility that reduces the amount of contaminants entering Mitchell Branch, a stream at DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park.

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.

January 11, 2013
Last week, students from dozens of local Tennessee high schools gathered at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility to check out the game field that they'll be working with in the next six weeks. This year, the young engineers' challenges include building robots that can throw discs and climb pyramids. <a href="http://www.ornl.gov/info/features/get_feature.cfm?FeatureNumber=f20130107-00">Learn more</a> about the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: I, Robot Olympics

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

January 1, 2013
Members of the team that helped safely close the Toxic Substances Control Act Incinerator at Oak Ridge gather for a photo. The team is from URS|CH2M, Oak Ridge, the prime contractor for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management.
One-of-a-Kind Facility Now in Safe Shutdown

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) is home to many unique facilities, each constructed for a specific purpose. Today, almost all of the facilities at the site are in the process of being safely cleaned, shut down and removed.

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.