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April 1, 2013
Awarding Success: Oak Ridge Celebrates Small Business Awards

We do billions of dollars in business with small businesses every year at the Energy Department, contracting with businesses across the country to perform mission-critical work. While all small businesses we work with must prove their qualifications up front and their value to the tax payer, there are some that stand out as the cream of the crop in their work performance and efficiency.

March 29, 2013
The Energy Department’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides clean energy companies and researchers with the opportunity to develop less expensive, better-performing carbon fiber materials and manufacturing processes. Pictured here is the carbon fiber conversion line with the in-line melt spinner. The melt-spinner will be used to produce new precursor fibers that will then be converted to carbon fiber. In collaboration with industrial partners, these fibers will be used to produce prototype composite parts for applications, such as automotive parts, wind turbine blades and thermal insulation. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know about Carbon Fiber

Think you know about carbon fiber? Test your knowledge with our top 9 carbon fiber facts.

March 28, 2013
Workers recently removed five large mercury-contaminated tanks from Y-12.
Oak Ridge Moves Forward in Mercury Cleanup

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s EM program is making significant progress to reduce environmental mercury releases from the Y-12 National Security Complex.

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.