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January 21, 2020
Personnel open a 36,000-pound concrete door to enter a hot cell within Building 2026 at Oak Ridge.
Upgrades Prepare Way for Oak Ridge to Process Remaining Uranium-233
Renovations are underway to prepare a facility to process a high-dose portion of the site’s uranium-233 inventory.
January 14, 2020
Before and after: Demolition of the 380,000-square-foot K-1037 Building left behind a massive slab, at top, which workers have since removed, above.
Removing Building Slabs is Key to Transforming Oak Ridge Site
The skyline at Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) continually changes as EM completes demolitions.
January 7, 2020
The Centrifuge Complex includes some of the largest remaining structures at the East Tennessee Technology Park. This year, crews will complete all demolitions and major cleanup at the site.
Oak Ridge Set to Make History in 2020
2020 is set to be a historic year for DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM).
January 7, 2020
EM recently awarded Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR $20.4 million for its performance from April 2019 through September 2019, amounting to 97 percent of the available fee.
Oak Ridge's UCOR Earns 97 Percent of Fee for Fiscal 2019's Second Half
EM recently awarded Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR $20.4 million for its performance from April 2019 - September 2019, 97% of the available fee.
December 17, 2019
Building K-1600 will be the last major demolition project scheduled at Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park.
Oak Ridge Begins Deactivating Last ETTP Facility Set for Demolition
EM crews are deactivating Building K-1600, a former test and demonstration facility for uranium enrichment centrifuges.
December 10, 2019
Crews remove concrete subsurface structures of the K-832 basin. UCOR pumped nearly 2 million gallons of water from the basin before beginning demolition.
Basin Demolition Underway as Oak Ridge Heads Toward ETTP Cleanup Completion
A basin that once held cooling water used in Oak Ridge’s former uranium enrichment operations is being demolished.
December 10, 2019
UCOR Safety & Health Operations Manager Chris Thursby and UCOR Chief of Staff Ashley Saunders accept an award as one of America’s Safest Companies for their work conducting environmental cleanup in Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge Contractor Named One of America’s Safest Companies
The magazine EHS Today has named EM’s Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR one of America’s Safest Companies.
November 26, 2019
Officials cut a ribbon on Nov. 22 to mark the launch of a new public-private partnership set to provide unique isotopes to aid in next-generation cancer research and treatment as well as nuclear cleanup.
Oak Ridge Collaboration to Advance Cancer Treatment, Accelerate Cleanup
DOE unveiled an innovative public-private partnership on Nov. 22 set to provide unique isotopes to aid in next-generation cancer research & treatment.
November 22, 2019
Handlers are extracting thorium from Oak Ridge's inventory of uranium-233
Partnership using nuclear material slated for disposal to advance cancer research and treatment
New innovative public-private partnership announced that is providing extremely rare and unique isotopes for next generation cancer research.
November 19, 2019
Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE) System Engineer Melanie Lindsey, third from left, leads delegates from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Ontario Power Generation on a tour of the reactor test loop and reactor corrosion laboratory at Oak Ridge.
Academia, Industry Draw From Oak Ridge Expertise for Future Reactor Designs
Academia, Industry Draw From Oak Ridge Expertise for Future Reactor Designs
November 12, 2019
Oak Ridge workers grout a 47-foot-long underground transfer tunnel formerly used to load radioactive material into hot cells at Building 3026 at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
EM Addresses Risks at ORNL Facilities, Preparing for Next Cleanup Phase
EM Addresses Risks at ORNL Facilities, Preparing for Next Cleanup Phase
November 12, 2019
Marines board a KC-130 aircraft. Henry Mutka, a military veteran and engineer with the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management.
Military Veteran Finds Rewarding New Career at Oak Ridge
Military Veteran Finds Rewarding New Career at Oak Ridge
November 5, 2019
EM crews are preparing the six-story 9207 Facility at Oak Ridge's Biology Complex for demolition. The building spans more than 256,600 square feet.
Biology Complex Deactivation Advances in Oak Ridge
Biology Complex Deactivation Advances in Oak Ridge
October 29, 2019
Oak Ridge crews remove debris from the K-1004-J Lab demolition, which began earlier this month.
Demolition Begins on Oak Ridge’s Sprawling Centrifuge Complex
Demolition Begins on Oak Ridge’s Sprawling Centrifuge Complex
October 22, 2019
Workers at Oak Ridge install new gloveboxes to begin processing a portion of uranium-233 a year ahead of schedule.
EM’s Highest Priority Project at Oak Ridge Lab Gains Momentum
EM’s Highest Priority Project at Oak Ridge Lab Gains Momentum
October 22, 2019
Oak Ridge crews remediate the K-1203 complex site after demolishing structures there.
Cleanup, Restoration Alter Oak Ridge Landscape
Cleanup, Restoration Alter Oak Ridge Landscape
October 22, 2019
ORSSAB 10-2019 member recruit info
Oak Ridge environmental advisory board seeks new members
DOE's Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board is accepting member applications through December 31, 2019.
October 9, 2019
Demolition progress at K-1037
Risk reduction realized as ETTP cleanup nears completion
Since 2011, UCOR has been DOE’s lead environmental cleanup contractor in Oak Ridge. Throughout our partnership, risk reduction has been the focus...
October 8, 2019
Billy Ellington, left, receives the 2019 Safety and Health Outreach Award from J.A. Rodriguez, chair of the DOE Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association National Board of Directors.
EM Contractors Recognized for Safety Excellence
EM Contractors Recognized for Safety Excellence
October 1, 2019
Isotek, a contractor for Oak Ridge’s EM program, recognized Donna Stringfield, left, and Micelle McDaniels for their idea that led to a threefold increase in storage space at a facility, saving approximately $110,000 over the next five years.
Creative Oak Ridge Employees Consolidate Space, Saving Taxpayer Dollars
Creative Oak Ridge Employees Consolidate Space, Saving Taxpayer Dollars
September 24, 2019
Oak Ridge crews spent several months completing deactivation work to prepare the K-1423 Toll Enrichment Facility for demolition.
Demolitions Continue to Transform Landscape in Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge crews recently tore down another facility at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
September 17, 2019
DOE-Idaho EM Manager Jack Zimmerman discusses collaborative efforts that led to cleanup mission successes at the Idaho National Laboratory Site.
Panelists Spotlight Cleanup Successes Across EM Complex
– EM federal and contractor leaders from several sites highlighted major successes.
September 17, 2019
From left, Hanford Manager Brian Vance, Savannah River Operations Office Manager Michael Budney, and EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze participate in a roundtable session on EM cleanup activities and the importance of community outreach.
Site Managers Discuss Community Engagement, Contracts in Roundtable Session
EM Hanford Site Manager Brian Vance led a panel discussion about Hanford’s past, present, and future.
September 12, 2019
Oak Ridge’s EM program is nearing its Vision 2020 goal, which involves completing all demolition and major cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park by the end of next year.
Oak Ridge Fast Approaching Vision 2020 Goal
This accomplishment required four contracts, untold hours of planning and preparation.
September 10, 2019
Demolition on K-131 and K-631 began in May 2019. The buildings were the last of 11 Poplar Creek facilities Oak Ridge crews demolished.
Demolitions Lead Oak Ridge to Close Another Chapter at ETTP
EM’s latest cleanup progress in Oak Ridge has brought the end of an era at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP).