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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.
February 27, 2018
Soil excavation in the Poplar Creek area at East Tennessee Technology Park.
Role of Soil Remediation Grows as Oak Ridge Buildings Come Down
Soil remediation has become a larger part of cleanup at ETTP since workers safely demolished many of the contaminated and unneeded buildings.
February 20, 2018
The 2017 grant winners gather with URS | CH2M Oak Ridge representatives.
Grants Expand STEM Opportunities for Students in Tennessee
OREM cleanup contractor URS | CH2M Oak Ridge is accepting proposals from area schools for grants to fund instructional STEM projects.
February 13, 2018
Workers from local small business Watts Construction provide critical road maintenance across the Hanford Site.
Procurements Benefit Communities, States Hosting EM Field Sites
EM and its contractors across the DOE complex invest hundreds of millions of dollars each fiscal year in the communities and states that host them.
February 8, 2018
3-D render of new K-25 History Center, Equipment Building, and Viewing Tower
Contracts awarded for new K-25 History Center
DOE cleanup contractor UCOR has awarded three subcontracts totaling $5.3 million to construct and fabricate exhibits for the K-25 History Center.
February 6, 2018
Equipment dismantles piping from the neutralization tanks.
Oak Ridge Begins Demolition of Central Neutralization Facility
Oak Ridge’s EM program and cleanup contractor URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) have begun demolishing the Central Neutralization Facility at ETTP.
February 5, 2018
Soil sampling in Oak Ridge
DOE awards environmental sampling contract to explore preferred disposal faclity site
OREM awarded Strata-G Solutions a contract to perform environmental sampling in support of efforts to construct additional onsite disposal capacity.
January 30, 2018
The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management transferred almost 200 acres to the community for redevelopment. The area was once occupied by the massive K-31 and K-33 gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment buildings.
Oak Ridge EM Clears Way for ETTP Economic Development
A longstanding cleanup goal is now within view at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP).
January 23, 2018
URS | CH2M Oak Ridge workers demolished the K-802 Pumphouse at East Tennessee Technology Park during the April-September 2017 fee evaluation period.
Oak Ridge Contractor Earns 87 Percent of Available Fee for Second Half of FY17
OREM cleanup contractor URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) earned almost $3.3 million for its performance from April through September 2017.
January 15, 2018
COLEX Mercury Extraction
OREM’s year full of transformation and progress in 2017
OREM posted another strong year in 2017—pushing forward on efforts that are removing economic barriers and enabling important DOE missions.
January 9, 2018
2017 Year in Review Cover image
‘2017 Year in Review’ Details EM’s Cleanup Progress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In late December, EM published its 2017 Year in Review, outlining cleanup achievements across the DOE complex.
December 19, 2017
Crews take down K-1203 in the Poplar Creek area at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
Demolitions Move Oak Ridge Toward ETTP Cleanup Goal
Workers recently demolished a sanitary sewage treatment facility, moving the DOE’s OREM closer to completing major cleanup at ETTP by 2020.
November 21, 2017
Officials break ground on the Mercury Treatment Facility.
Oak Ridge Breaks Ground on Facility Enabling Large-Scale Y-12 Cleanup
Lawmakers, environmental regulators, and top DOE officials broke ground on the Mercury Treatment Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex.
November 21, 2017
EM recently announced the selection of Jay Mullis as the new manager of the Oak Ridge Office of EM.
New Oak Ridge Office of EM Manager Jay Mullis Outlines Cleanup Vision
EM Update recently spoke with the new manager of the Oak Ridge Office of EM (OREM) about his vision and priorities for the EM program at OREM.
November 20, 2017
DOE officals and VIPs breaking ground of the new Mercury Treatment Facility
DOE breaks ground on new Mercury Treatment Facility
On Nov. 20, DOE broke ground on a new Mercury Treatment Facility at Y-12 that will enable large scale cleanup at the site.