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January 12, 2021
Demolition of the Building 9210, at left, is nearing completion, and crews will soon begin tearing down the six-story Building 9207, at right.
Oak Ridge on Pace for Another Big Year in 2021
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management enters a new chapter in cleanup this year that will transform the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
January 12, 2021
Mark Hebdon, a maintenance mechanic and fabricator with CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley, stands next to a containment box that was modified to incorporate employee feedback for improved safety, productivity, and efficiency.
Employee Feedback Improves Decontamination Project at West Valley
EM workers provided feedback and lessons learned to help develop a new box to contain materials for disposal as they decontaminate the walls.
December 22, 2020
This 1948 photo shows construction of tank vaults at the former Separations Process Research Unit.
DOE Successfully Transfers SPRU Site, Achieving EM 2020 Priority
DOE officials approved the transfer of the former Separations Process Research Unit.
December 22, 2020
Crews from the U.S. Army Corp Engineers perform pre-demolition activities at the Livermore Pool Type Reactor at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Crews Begin Pre-Demolition Work for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reactor
Workers have begun activities to prepare for the demolition of a nuclear reactor at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
December 22, 2020
In October, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette was joined by congressional, state, and local leaders to celebrate the completion of Vision 2020 at Oak Ridge. It marked the first time in the world an entire enrichment complex was removed.
2020 a Year of Completions and Beginnings at Oak Ridge
While 2020 was an unusual and challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was also one of the most notable and accomplished for DOE.
December 8, 2020
Jayme Gillen, an employee with North Wind Portage, EM's cleanup contractor at the former Energy Technology Engineering Center site, sprays water to mitigate dust while crews demolish one of eight DOE-owned buildings remaining at the site.
Crews Begin Tearing Down Last of DOE Buildings at ETEC
EM workers have demolished two of the final eight DOE-owned buildings remaining at the former Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC) site.
December 8, 2020
EM Set to Remove 750,000 Gallons of Refrigerant From Paducah Site
EM Set to Remove 750,000 Pounds of Refrigerant From Paducah Site
EM is scheduled this year to remove 750,000 Pounds of R-114 refrigerant, commonly known as Freon, from the Paducah Site.
December 8, 2020
Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth employees celebrate their achievement of 4 million safe work hours at the Portsmouth Site.
Portsmouth Site D&D Contractor Marks 4 Million Safe Work Hours
Workers for the deactivation and decommissioning prime contractor at the Portsmouth Site recently celebrated 4 million safe work hours without a lost.
November 24, 2020
The Transuranic Storage Area Retrieval Enclosure — the wide T-shaped building in the foreground — is undergoing closure under federal and state regulations at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.
Closure of Largest Building at Idaho Site Underway
Closure of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site’s largest building,
November 24, 2020
EM continues to make progress on its 2020 priorities. EM Update is highlighting accomplishments in EM’s priority groups through the end of this year.
Cleanup Progress at ETEC Advances EM 2020 Priorities
EM continues to make progress on its 2020 priorities. EM Update is highlighting accomplishments in EM’s priority groups through the end of this year.
November 24, 2020
Workers dismantle transport platforms at the Y-12 National Security Complex so they can be taken to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The platforms will be installed to support deactivation activities at the eight-story Experimental Gas-Cooled Reactor.
Reuse of Cleanup Equipment in Oak Ridge Saves Millions
Reuse of transport platforms — large elevator-like devices installed outside facilities that allow workers to access multiple floors.
November 17, 2020
EM crews begin knocking down the three-story 65,000-square-foot Building 9210 at Oak Ridge on Nov. 16.
Oak Ridge Launches Demolition Project at Former Biology Complex
EM crews began taking down the remaining facilities located in the former Biology Complex at the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge.
November 17, 2020
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions project manager Kelsey Holcomb discusses the cleanup of the D-Area Coal Storage Yard with DOE-Savannah River Federal Project Director Karen Adams at the project site.
Innovation Key to Closure of Coal Yard at SRS
The final dump truck delivering limestone gravel came and went, setting the stage for the closure of a 12-acre legacy coal yard.
November 17, 2020
Oak Ridge crews took down numerous facilities to complete the historic first-ever removal of a uranium enrichment complex this year. Pictured is the Centrifuge Complex, which towered 180 feet tall in some sections.
Oak Ridge Wins Government Team Project of the Year
UCOR were honored Nov. 12 with the Government Team Project of the Year Award.
November 17, 2020
Crews Prep for Final Major Teardown at West Valley
Crews Prep for Final Major Teardown at West Valley
Crews prepared a large demolition excavator for the installation of a long-reach arm as they readied for the future teardown.
November 10, 2020
The first new air monitoring station is delivered to its installation location on Hewes Road at the Portsmouth Site.
Portsmouth Site, State Enhance Air Monitoring Ahead of Major Demolitions
Additional air monitoring stations are being installed that will enhance environmental and radiological data collection during demolition.
November 5, 2020
DOE Environmental Management News Flash
Crews Demolish 10th And Final Building at ETEC Radioactive Materials Handling Facility
Workers accomplished one of EM’s 2020 priorities after safely tearing down the last of 10 buildings at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility.
November 4, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
Trump Administration Works with State of California to Advance Next Steps For Cleanup At ETEC
Today, DOE announced several significant steps to continue progress in the cleanup of Area IV of the SSFL in Ventura County, California
November 3, 2020
Devan Smith, an engineer for EM Richland Operations Office contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, monitors progress as workers prepare to stabilize three aging underground disposal structures by filling them with engineered grout.
Hanford Begins Stabilizing Aging Underground Disposal Structures
EM Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor CH2M HILL have begun filling the first of three aging underground structures on the Hanford Site.
November 3, 2020
EM regularly conducts sampling across the Oak Ridge Reservation. The five-year review uses groundwater, surface water, soil, sediment, and data from plant and animal life from fiscal 2016 to fiscal 2020 for its evaluations.
Team Conducts Vital Five-Year Review of Cleanup Measures in Oak Ridge
UCOR are conducting a critical review of remediation measures in place across the Oak Ridge Reservation virtually.
November 3, 2020
One of 44 trucks delivers grout to the West Valley Demonstration Project to place inside a cell 30 feet below ground.
West Valley Grouts Underground Cell in Advance of Major Demolition
EM and cleanup contractor CH2M HILL BWXT West Valley (CHBWV) recently began grouting a large underground cell at the West Valley Demonstration Project
October 27, 2020
A view of the Experimental Gas-Cooled Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and cleanup contractor UCOR are set to fully deactivate the facility for eventual demolition.
EM Prepping Experimental Cold War Reactor for Deactivation in Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management is set to begin cleanup of a first-of-a-kind experimental reactor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
October 20, 2020
EM continues progress toward its key priority to begin demolition at the Portsmouth Site’s X-326 Process Building, pictured here.
EM Makes Progress on 2020 Priorities at Portsmouth, Brookhaven, ETEC Sites
While adapting operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EM has continued closing in on a key 2020 priority to begin demolition at the Portsmouth Site.
October 20, 2020
A view of demolition on the final uranium enrichment building at the East Tennessee Technology Park at Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge, UCOR are Finalists for Government Team Award
The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and cleanup contractor UCOR are finalists in the 2020 Washington Exec Pinnacle Awards.
October 20, 2020
West Valley Removes Acid Recovery Cell Airlock
West Valley Removes Acid Recovery Cell Airlock
Demolition crews at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) recently demolished an acid recovery cell airlock and lift table.