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January 19, 2021
A four-student senior design project team and a graduate research assistant from the University of Tennessee’s nuclear engineering department are helping Oak Ridge and its cleanup contractor UCOR qualify a new type of gamma-ray imaging system.
University Students Collaborate With Oak Ridge on Cleanup Tools
Five University of Tennessee students are helping design tools for Oak Ridge’s cleanup.
January 12, 2021
Demolition of the Building 9210, at left, is nearing completion, and crews will soon begin tearing down the six-story Building 9207, at right.
Oak Ridge on Pace for Another Big Year in 2021
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management enters a new chapter in cleanup this year that will transform the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
December 22, 2020
UCOR completed demolition on the final structures at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) during the performance evaluation period of April 2020 through September 2020.
Oak Ridge's UCOR Earns 98% of Fee for Second Half of Fiscal 2020
EM recently awarded Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR $28 million for its performance from April 2020 through September 2020.
December 22, 2020
In October, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette was joined by congressional, state, and local leaders to celebrate the completion of Vision 2020 at Oak Ridge. It marked the first time in the world an entire enrichment complex was removed.
2020 a Year of Completions and Beginnings at Oak Ridge
While 2020 was an unusual and challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was also one of the most notable and accomplished for DOE.
December 18, 2020
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DOE Issues Final RFP for the Oak Ridge Reservation Cleanup Contract
The new ORRCC contract is anticipated to be an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a 10-year ordering period.
December 15, 2020
An EM worker relies on a handheld device with GPS technology to ensure precise soil coverage over the various contours of a former oil tank farm site at Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge Uses GPS Technology to Remediate Former Oil Tank Farm
EM crews at Oak Ridge have laid protective soil over a 9-acre parcel at East Tennessee Technology Park.
November 24, 2020
Workers dismantle transport platforms at the Y-12 National Security Complex so they can be taken to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The platforms will be installed to support deactivation activities at the eight-story Experimental Gas-Cooled Reactor.
Reuse of Cleanup Equipment in Oak Ridge Saves Millions
Reuse of transport platforms — large elevator-like devices installed outside facilities that allow workers to access multiple floors.
November 24, 2020
A close-up view of the drone, which resembles a mini-helicopter. Following commands from a ground-based operator, the camera-mounted drone circles around the stack making recordings that can be evaluated by engineers and safety experts.
Oak Ridge Employs Drone Technology for Safer Inspections
What’s the safest way to climb and inspect a 70-year-old, 250-foot-tall brick exhaust stack?
November 17, 2020
EM crews begin knocking down the three-story 65,000-square-foot Building 9210 at Oak Ridge on Nov. 16.
Oak Ridge Launches Demolition Project at Former Biology Complex
EM crews began taking down the remaining facilities located in the former Biology Complex at the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge.
November 17, 2020
Oak Ridge crews took down numerous facilities to complete the historic first-ever removal of a uranium enrichment complex this year. Pictured is the Centrifuge Complex, which towered 180 feet tall in some sections.
Oak Ridge Wins Government Team Project of the Year
UCOR were honored Nov. 12 with the Government Team Project of the Year Award.
November 10, 2020
Blind spot technology being installed on UCOR vehicles features a display that alerts drivers when a person or object is nearby. Pictured is UCOR employee Nate Smith.
Oak Ridge’s New Technologies Ensure Vehicle Safety
EM’s cleanup at Oak Ridge is supported by numerous vehicles that ship waste, transport personnel, and deliver items.
November 3, 2020
EM regularly conducts sampling across the Oak Ridge Reservation. The five-year review uses groundwater, surface water, soil, sediment, and data from plant and animal life from fiscal 2016 to fiscal 2020 for its evaluations.
Team Conducts Vital Five-Year Review of Cleanup Measures in Oak Ridge
UCOR are conducting a critical review of remediation measures in place across the Oak Ridge Reservation virtually.
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.