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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
Employees, known as fissile material handlers, use shielded gloveboxes to dissolve uranium (U)-233 into a low-level form so it can be mixed with grout for safe transportation and disposal.
Crews Implement Upgrades Before Resuming U-233 Processing at Oak Ridge
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor Isotek are resuming uranium (U)-233 processing.
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 14, 2020
Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette speaks during an Oct. 13 celebration marking the completion of major environmental cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park at Oak Ridge.
Congressional, State Officials Join Energy Secretary Brouillette in Recognizing Historic Oak Ridge Cleanup Accomplishment
Dan Brouillette joined state & community leaders in Oak Ridge to celebrate the historic first-ever removal of a former uranium enrichment complex.
October 13, 2020
EM’s cleanup has transformed the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant into a multi-use industrial park that is providing new economic opportunities to the community.
Workers Achieve Historic Cleanup of Uranium Enrichment Complex
A decades-long effort to clean and transform the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant is complete.
October 13, 2020
The K-25 site was later named the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant. After environmental cleanup began, it was again renamed the East Tennessee Technology Park to better reflect its future as a transformed, reindustrialized site.
Built in Secret, K-25 Site Would Serve Country for Decades
The K-25 site, now called the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), was built in 1943 in a rural region of East Tennessee.
October 13, 2020
Among the reuses of land at the East Tennessee Technology Park are large solar fields to generate power.
East Tennessee Technology Park Transformation Becomes a Reality
Almost 25 years ago, when the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant sat shuttered with dilapidated, contaminated buildings.
October 13, 2020
Experienced East Tennessee Technology Park workers are moving into facilities such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building 3042, a former research reactor, to begin the next phase of cleanup in Oak Ridge.
Workers Draw From ETTP Experience at Other Oak Ridge Sites
While DOE’s OREM celebrates a historic achievement at ETTP, more work is needed to address old, contaminated structures and modernize other portions.
October 13, 2020
“Pack as you go” waste disposal improves project efficiency and eliminates risks from waste sitting for extended periods outside.
Innovation Accelerates Cleanup, Reduces Cost, Enhances Safety
From a more efficient approach for disposing debris to a digital-based monitoring system that helps detect and prevent heat stress.
October 13, 2020
Janice Shannon has worked in Oak Ridge for 50 years. At the East Tennessee Technology Park, she served in the nuclear materials control and accountability organization.
Generations of Workers Supported Defense Mission, Cleanup
Several generations of employees have worked at the former K-25 site, supporting efforts to produce enriched uranium, and to clean up the site.
October 13, 2020
Dave Adler, deputy designated federal officer of the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board, speaks to board members about cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
Advisory Board Marks 25 Years of Critical Input to Oak Ridge Cleanup
Members of the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) expressed pride as DOE’s OREM transformed ETTP for new uses they helped chart.
October 6, 2020
Crews haul away debris from Oak Ridge's K-1600 demolition project, marking the last of demolition activities at the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
Workers Complete Final Demolition Project at Oak Ridge ETTP
The final unneeded structure at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) has been torn down.
October 6, 2020
An Oak Ridge worker loads the last of all containers of stored wastes from the East Tennessee Technology Park for shipment to off-site disposal facilities, eliminating all wastes managed under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act from the site.
Oak Ridge Clears Stored Waste in Advance of ETTP Cleanup Completion
Oak Ridge crews have removed unneeded buildings at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
September 22, 2020
White Celebrates EM’s Transformational Progress at National Cleanup Workshop
EM Sites Spotlight Historic Accomplishments
The Savannah River Site (SRS) is on the verge of a new era of processing radioactive waste.
September 22, 2020
Participants in the first of three virtual town halls that will focus on the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management’s (OREM) Vision 2020 achievement.
Oak Ridge to Host Virtual Town Halls Celebrating Vision 2020
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor, UCOR, are celebrating reaching Vision 2020 next month.
September 15, 2020
Crews in full protective gear have been conducting asbestos abatement inside remaining Biology Complex buildings at Oak Ridge since early 2019.
Crews Complete Key Step in Oak Ridge Biology Complex Deactivation
Crews recently achieved a key milestone by removing all asbestos from a building being deactivated for demolition.
September 8, 2020
Last week, crews moved a massive 50,000-tank into position to support efforts at the Sludge Processing Mock Test Facility under construction at Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge Constructing Test Facility for Sludge Processing
Construction is underway on the $10 million Sludge Processing Mock Test Facility.
September 1, 2020
Tim Melberg, UCOR’s manager of supply chain management, speaks at the company’s eighth annual Small Business Awards Program. The event recognized top performers whose exceptional performance contributed to cleanup accomplishments.
Oak Ridge Continues Tradition of Recognizing Top-Performing Small Businesses
EM mission was on full display last week at the eighth annual Small Business Awards Breakfast.
August 20, 2020
Workers constructing the Mercury Treatment Facility
DOE's cleanup of nuclear waste sites a continuing success
A special op-ed featured in Knox News Sentinel from Paul Dabbar about cleanup success in Oak Ridge
August 18, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Issues Draft RFP for the Oak Ridge Reservation Cleanup Contract
Today, the US DOE’s Office of EM issued a Draft Request for Proposals for the ORRCC procurement at the ORR, in Oak Ridge, TN.
August 18, 2020
Building 3005, a former research reactor facility located in the central campus area of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, operated from 1951 to 1968. Experienced crews from East Tennessee Technology Park are transitioning to deactivation efforts inside Build
Experienced Oak Ridge Workforce Transitions to ORNL Cleanup
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor UCOR have begun transitioning its ETTP workforce to new cleanup project.
August 11, 2020
Buildings 3034 and 3036 are located at left in Isotope Row in the heart of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Addressing these facilities will eliminate significant risks, and their removal will provide valuable space for new research missions.
EM Advances Next Major Cleanup Phase in Oak Ridge
OREM recently received authority to conduct work inside five buildings at ORNL and Y-12.
August 4, 2020
Demolition of the Centrifuge Complex at Oak Ridge presented challenges due to the size and height of its structures. Some buildings stood 180 feet tall. That's too tall for conventional demolition equipment designed for buildings with a maximum height of
Crews Finish Takedown of Centrifuge Complex in Oak Ridge
EM’s cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park took a major step forward with removal of the Centrifuge Complex in late July.
July 28, 2020
Demolition begins on Building K-1600. The 42,000-square-foot structure was formerly used as a test and demonstration facility for uranium enrichment centrifuges.
Demolition Underway on Final Building at ETTP in Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and contractor UCOR have begun demolishing Building K-1600.
July 21, 2020
An aerial view of the massive K-25 footprint spanning 44 acres at Oak Ridge. Future plans call for transforming the footprint into a commemorative site as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
Oak Ridge Completes Major Soil Remediation Project at K-25 Footprint
Workers recently finished removing contaminated soil under a section of the former Building K-25 footprint in another major action