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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.
May 29, 2018
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management employees listen and give tips to third-graders presenting their “Schools around the World” project.
EM Helps Oak Ridge Schools Take Next Steps in STEM Education
EM Helps Oak Ridge Schools Take Next Steps in STEM Education
May 15, 2018
An MSA employee removes snow from Hanford roads.
EM Sites Mark National Infrastructure Week
In this issue of EM Update, we're highlighting equipment and facilities that support EM cleanup as part of National Infrastructure Week, May 14-21.
May 1, 2018
Demolition team of the East Tennessee Technology Park’s (ETTP) Central Neutralization Facility
Oak Ridge Crews Complete Demolition of Central Neutralization Facility
Workers have finished demolition of the ETTP's Central Neutralization Facility, which once treated the site’s industrial wastewater.
May 1, 2018
URS | CH2M Oak Ridge has achieved its work safely, becoming a DOE Voluntary Protection Program Star site at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
Oak Ridge Cleanup Contractor Hits $2 Billion Contract Mark
The lead environmental cleanup contractor for DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management recently celebrated a significant milestone.
April 24, 2018
An aerial view of the Transuranic Waste Processing Center in Oak Ridge, where the final drums of legacy transuranic waste stored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be processed before shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for permanent disposal.
Oak Ridge Prepares Final Legacy Transuranic Waste Containers for Disposal
OREM recently completed installing vents and sample ports in the final drums of legacy transuranic waste stored at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
April 17, 2018
Nearly 100 juniors and seniors from all five Roane County high schools participated in Student Government Day. Here, Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Manager Jay Mullis speaks to students about the importance of public service.
Oak Ridge Manager Jay Mullis Discusses Public Service With Students
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Manager Jay Mullis recently joined about 100 high school students to discuss the importance of public service.
April 10, 2018
Crews conduct a process known as “fogging” to blow a fixative material into contaminated hot cells and laboratories to encapsulate and immobilize radioactive contamination.
EM Improves Safety at ORNL Building Awaiting Demolition
DOE’s OREM and its cleanup contractor UCOR have completed one of the final steps to ensure a highly contaminated building at ORNL remains safe.
April 3, 2018
Workers foam tie lines to trap contaminants in place.
EM Removes More Than 4 Miles of Piping at Oak Ridge Site
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its cleanup contractor URS|CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) finished removing more than 25,000 feet
March 27, 2018
Jay Mullis, manager of DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, speaks to junior and senior high school students participating in Youth Leadership Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge EM Manager Discusses Leadership, Jobs With High School Students
Jay Mullis, manager of DOE’s OREM, speaks to junior and senior high school students participating in Youth Leadership Oak Ridge.
March 20, 2018
Trent Neville, from the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP), is assigned to the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC), a complex of nine Hazard Category 2 nuclear facilities, and one Hazard Category 3 laboratory.
EM Facility Representatives Nominated for Award
DOE has presented the Facility Representative of the Year Award annually since 1995 to recognize exceptional performance.
March 13, 2018
Crews take down Building 9743-2 at the Y-12 National Security Complex.
Oak Ridge Tears Down Two Higher-Risk Buildings
Oak Ridge has more higher-risk excess contaminated facilities than any other DOE site in the nation, but recent demolition projects are changing that.
March 6, 2018
The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management provides tours to Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board members to give them an up-close look at current projects.
Advisory Board Gets Up-Close Perspective of Excess Facilities at Oak Ridge
Federal project directors recently took members of the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board on a tour to view DOE’s excess contaminated facilities.