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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

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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.

December 21, 2012
Graphene has properties that could possibly open up the next generation on nanotechnology. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Lab
Lasting Gifts From Carbon Connections

What’s true for people is true for particles too, since the bonds between the elements play a critical part in shaping much of the stuff that puts smiles in our lives.

December 21, 2012
Staffers fill holiday boxes for soldiers overseas.
SRR Staff Send the Holidays to Soldiers Overseas

A request for razors from a U.S. Army private serving in Afghanistan transformed into a full-scale holiday gift rescue operation by employees of the Savannah River Site’s liquid waste contractor, Savannah River Remediation (SRR). The soldier’s stepmom helped rally the “troops” in her office to send him and other soldiers some Christmas cheer.

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.

November 30, 2012
Scientists and engineers at the Energy Department and its national laboratories are finding new, more efficient ways to convert biomass into biofuels that can take the place of conventional fuels like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Environmental Science Division, graduate students and researchers use transplanted trees in a number of studies, including those involving biomass conversion to biofuels. In this photo, graduate student Alina Campbell is removing damaged leaves from Eastern Cottonwood trees, which helps stimulate the trees' growth.| Photo courtesy of Jason Richards.
Photo of the Week: Biomass Research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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November 27, 2012
How to Turn a Jaguar into a Titan

It takes more than the side mural to turn the fastest supercomputer dedicated to Open Science into the fastest computer in the world.