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February 12, 2019
The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and cleanup contractor UCOR began demolition this week on Building K-1037 at the East Tennessee Technology Park. The project is scheduled for completion later this year.
Demolition of ETTP’s Largest Remaining Structure Begins at Oak Ridge
Demolition of the largest facility still standing at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) is underway.
February 12, 2019
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Manager Jay Mullis, left, and UCOR Environment, Safety and Health and Quality Assurance Manager Clint Wolfley, right, recognize UCOR President and CEO Ken Rueter for being named a 2019 CEO Who “Gets It” by the
National Safety Council Honors Oak Ridge Contractor CEO
The National Safety Council has recognized the head of Oak Ridge’s lead environmental cleanup contractor as a 2019 CEO Who “Gets It".
February 5, 2019
Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists gather sampling data from the East Fork Poplar Creek.
Environmental Research Provides Key Insights for Mercury Cleanup
Researchers at ORNL's Aquatic Ecological Laboratory are advancing the understanding of mercury’s impact on fish, wildlife, and streams.
January 29, 2019
Portals across the East Tennessee Technology Park site are being demolished as access restrictions are no longer needed for many areas of the site.
Removal of Portals Another Step in Progress at Oak Ridge ETTP
EM and cleanup contractor UCOR are demolishing the portals that once controlled access to the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
January 29, 2019
North Wind Solutions operates the Transuranic Waste Processing Center in Oak Ridge. Employees at the facility process, package, and ship contact-handled and remote-handled transuranic waste for disposal at EM’s WIPP near Carlsbad, NM.
Oak Ridge Contractor Earns 97 Percent of Fee for Yearlong Period
North Wind Solutions earned nearly $383,000, or 97% of the available fee for the performance evaluation period of Oct. 27, 2017 - Oct. 26, 2018.
January 22, 2019
A view of the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Oak Ridge Crews to Enhance Safety, Reduce Cost at Former Reactor
EM crews this month began a $4.7 million project that will reduce maintenance and operations costs at ORNL's Molten Salt Reactor Experiment.
January 8, 2019
Harold Conner, who has worked in the DOE complex for 50 years, was recently named an American Institute of Chemical Engineers Fellow.
Oak Ridge Employee Achieves Highest Engineering Honor
When it comes to leadership roles in DOE projects, Harold Conner is something of a legend.
December 19, 2018
Photo of Laura Wilkerson, Director, Planning and Execution Division
Laura Wilkerson named OREM Deputy Manager
DOE announced today the selection of Laura Wilkerson as the deputy manager of OREM. She brings more than 25 years of federal service to the position.
December 18, 2018
After the Toxic Substances Control Act Incinerator demolition at the Oak Ridge Site: The facility treated more than 35 million pounds of waste during its 18 years of operations. Crews completed the project in September.
Oak Ridge’s UCOR Earns 96 Percent of Available Fee for Second Half of FY18
EM recently awarded its Oak Ridge Site cleanup contractor nearly $10.7 million for its performance from April 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2018.
December 18, 2018
UCOR Deputy Waste Disposition Manager Clint Mori talks with students at Family Science Saturday about how he uses engineering solutions in his job.
Family Science Saturdays in Oak Ridge Spur Interest in STEM Careers
What does an assortment of spaghetti, scotch tape, marshmallows, and lots of recycled soda cans have in common?
December 11, 2018
Crews constructed two secant pile retaining walls to retain soils, control water seepage, and provide a deep, secure foundation for the water intake structure.
Oak Ridge Crews Finish Preparing Site for New Mercury Treatment Facility
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of EM (OREM) has completed site preparations necessary to begin construction of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility.
December 4, 2018
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Award Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility Contract
The Department of Energy today announced the award of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility contract to APTIM-North Wind Construction JV, LLC.
December 4, 2018
Crews began tearing down the K-1232 Chemical Recovery Facility in October 2018.
Oak Ridge Crews Demolish Facility, Moving EM Closer to ETTP Cleanup Goal
OREM and cleanup contractor UCOR have safely completed the demolition of the K-1232 Chemical Recovery Facility at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
November 20, 2018
Machines take apart former tanks and more than 10,000 feet of piping before disposition at the Y-12 National Security Complex.
Oak Ridge Crews Finish Removing Mercury-Contaminated Equipment
DOE OREM and cleanup contractor UCOR have completed demolition of the West Column Exchange equipment at the Y-12 National Security Complex.
November 20, 2018
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) Graphic Specialist David Brown created this 3-D rendering of the Mercury Treatment Facility, which OREM will begin constructing in 2019.
Oak Ridge Highlights EM Career Diversity at Local High School
Employees from DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) spoke with freshmen and sophomores enrolled in computer science classes.
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.