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November 6, 2018
A new worker learns about asbestos abatement in a mock-up, which serves as a training ground before beginning work inside the Biology Complex.
EM, UCOR Keep Oak Ridge’s Growing Cleanup Workforce Safe
As crews near completion of the East Tennessee Technology Park cleanup, OREM is preparing to begin major work at the Oak Ridge National Lab and Y-12.
October 30, 2018
K-29 Building foundation slab
Oak Ridge Prepares Former Uranium Enrichment Area for Industrial Use
Last week, workers began pulling up the foundation slab of the former K-29 gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment building.
October 23, 2018
New American Museum of Science and Energy facility ribbon cutting
Past and Present DOE Missions on Display in Museum’s New Home in Oak Ridge
On Oct. 18, government officials and local residents opened the doors to the new home for the American Museum of Science and Energy.
October 23, 2018
DOE's Ed McGinnis addresses attendees at the Millennial Nuclear Caucus in Oak Ridge.
Millennials, Nuclear Leaders Discuss Industry Growth, Energy Future in Oak Ridge
More than 100 students and young professionals gathered with experts to discuss nuclear industry growth and America’s energy future.
October 16, 2018
URS | CH2M Oak Ridge employees Clint Wolfley and Stephanie Miller were recipients of National Safety Council’s 2018 Rising Stars of Safety award.
National Safety Council Names Oak Ridge Managers Safety Stars
The National Safety Council recognized two safety managers with DOE’s OREM cleanup contractor as 2018 Rising Stars of Safety.
October 16, 2018
SSAB monthly board meeting
Environmental advisory board seeks new members
DOE's Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management invites nominations to fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.
October 9, 2018
Crews began demolishing Building K-1232 by knocking down a 74-foot silo that was part of the structure.
Oak Ridge Crews Begin Demolishing Chemical Recovery Facility
OREM and its cleanup contractor UCOR have demolished 5 buildings in the Poplar Creek area of ETTP since last year, and one more will soon be added.
September 28, 2018
Taking down K-633 at ETTP
New onsite waste disposal facility critical to Oak Ridge environmental cleanup completion
As one of DOE's largest ever cleanup projects, Oak Ridge is positioned to soon be one of the agency’s biggest success stories.
September 25, 2018
CPR training and certification was the focus of one of the 100 free classes at SafetyFest Tennessee.
Oak Ridge SafetyFest Draws 1,200 Participants From 23 States
More than 1,200 people from 23 states attended this year’s SafetyFest Tennessee to gain valuable safety training they can apply at work and home.
September 18, 2018
City of Oak Ridge Councilmember Chuck Hope, far right, speaks during panel discussion. Also pictured are URS|CH2M Oak Ridge President and CEO Ken Rueter and Westinghouse Government Services President Cathy Hickey.
Partnerships Offer Foundation for Excess Contaminated Facilities Success
Federal and contractor officials and community members stressed the critical role of partnerships as EM reduces risks to people and the environment.
September 18, 2018
House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus event's panel included, left to right, National Building Museum curator Martin Moeller, EM Oak Ridge Office Manager Jay Mullis, EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze, and Richland Operations Office Manager Doug Shoop.
‘Secret Cities’ Then, Cleanup Sites Today
Before a record audience, the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus hosted a discussion last week of the “secret cities” of the Manhattan Project.
September 12, 2018
Five new members joined ORSSAB in 2018.
ORSSAB welcomes new members during planning for FY2019
Five new members of ORSSAB joined current members in August for the board’s annual planning meeting in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
September 11, 2018
Aerial photo of OREM's Environmental Management Waste Management Facility
New Onsite Disposal Facility Needed to Maintain Oak Ridge's Cleanup Progress
This op-ed from OREM Manager Jay Mullis discusses the need for an onsite disposal facility to continue Oak Ridge's cleanup progress.
September 11, 2018
Crews take down a 100-foot stack at the Toxic Substances Control Act Incinerator.
Oak Ridge Crews Tear Down TSCA Incinerator
EM workers at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) completed demolition of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Incinerator.
September 11, 2018
A worker shows the safety app on his tablet screen, which displays real-time heat indexes, heart rates, and hourly forecasts specific to the user’s location. Supervisors can track their team members’ health simultaneously using the tool.
Oak Ridge Finds New Ways to Monitor, Prevent Heat Stress
Temperatures often surge above 90 degrees during summer months at Oak Ridge, prompting the cleanup contractor to search for ways to keep workers safe.
September 4, 2018
Oak Ridge officials stand with the DOE Voluntary Protection Program Star Site Award.
Oak Ridge’s Transuranic Waste Processing Center Receives Top DOE Safety Award
Employees at Oak Ridge’s TWPC received the DOE Voluntary Protection Program’s (VPP) distinguished Superior Star Award on Aug. 30.
August 28, 2018
Christy Jackiewicz, deputy director for DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, speaks at URS|CH2M Oak Ridge’s (UCOR) 2018 small business awards program.
EM's Oak Ridge Contractor Sets New Bar for Small Business Contracting
Small businesses are crucial to EM's missions.
August 21, 2018
Employees gather to celebrate completing a full year of shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
Oak Ridge Celebrates Completing One Year of Shipments to WIPP
Employees recently gathered at Oak Ridge’s TWPC to celebrate completing a full year of shipments to EM’s WIPP.
August 7, 2018
EM now has a powerful, trailer-mounted vacuum for cleaning and maintaining the important liquid and gaseous waste operations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Vacuum Enables Oak Ridge Crews to Remove Contaminated Sludge, Debris
EM recently began removing contaminated sludge and debris from tanks, sumps, and valve boxes at ORNL liquid and gaseous waste operations.
July 31, 2018
The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management’s Vanna Gaffney speaks about radiation protection at Oak Ridge City Schools’ Back to School Professional Development Day.
Oak Ridge’s EM Conducts Course on Back-to-School Day for Teachers
DOE’s OREM joined numerous organizations on July 23 to support the local Back-to-School Professional Development Day.
July 3, 2018
Initial demolition activities at Oak Ridge's TSCA Incinerator began recently.
Demolition Begins on Oak Ridge’s TSCA Incinerator
Demolition of one of DOE’s most unique facilities is underway at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP).
June 26, 2018
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White, second row, third from left, joins Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management early career professionals.
EM’s Impact Visible in Assistant Secretary White’s Oak Ridge Visit
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White visited the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) last week for the first time in her current role.
June 26, 2018
OREM Management and URS | CH2M Oak Ridge continue to make progress on the Mercury Treatment Facility site preparations. Crews are working to drill and construct the north retaining wall for the headworks facility related to the project.
Oak Ridge Contractor Earns 92 Percent of Available Fee for First Half of Fiscal 2018
EM’s cleanup contractor at the Oak Ridge site earned more than $6.2 million for its performance from Oct. 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
June 26, 2018
Crews began tearing down Building K-633 in May and completed the project in June.
Workers Demolish Building K-633 in Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge’s EM program and its cleanup contractor URS|CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) recently completed demolition of the K-633 Test Loop Facility.
June 12, 2018
A soldier at the Y-12 National Security Complex in 1944.
As Oak Ridge Celebrates 75th Anniversary, EM Mission Connects to Past, Future
Originally constructed during the Manhattan Project to help end a global war, Oak Ridge is now celebrating its 75th anniversary.