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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).
September 3, 2019
Workers extract soil samples from Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park at depths up to 30 feet in the ground.
More Than 10,000 Samples Guide Cleanup at Oak Ridge's ETTP
Cleaning up Oak Ridge's East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) encompasses more than emptying and demolishing old, contaminated buildings
August 27, 2019
UCOR President and CEO Ken Rueter speaks about the importance of a diverse workforce to successfully accomplish Oak Ridge’s cleanup at the Small Business Diversity Summit.
Small Businesses Take Part in Oak Ridge Diversity Summit
Oak Ridge environmental cleanup contractor UCOR brought together leaders from three global companies this month
August 20, 2019
UCOR President and CEO Ken Rueter, far left, and EM’s Ike White, second from left, join representatives of the UCOR Small Business Award winners
EM’s Ike White Recognizes Small Businesses During Oak Ridge Visit
Ike White recognized award-winning small businesses helping complete projects on schedule.
August 19, 2019
New ORSSAB members during their orientation tour
Five new members join DOE’s environmental advisory board
DOE has appointed five new members to its Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) citizen advisory board.
August 13, 2019
Demolition began on the 30,000-square-foot K-1423 Toll Enrichment Facility earlier this month.
Oak Ridge Moves Closer to Vision 2020 as Crews Kick Off Another Demolition
As old, unneeded buildings continue to disappear at the Oak Ridge Site’s East Tennessee Technology Park
August 13, 2019
Eric Glenn, a radiological control technician with Isotek, used his training to help save a life on his lunch break.
Safety Training Helps Oak Ridge Employee Save Life Outside Workplace
DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractors know the importance of training to ensure safety.
August 6, 2019
Equipment removes more than 4,000 cubic yards of soil for disposal from an Oak Ridge Site facility where it had been stored since 1989.
Oak Ridge Completes Soil Disposal Project $75 Million Under Original Estimates
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) coordinated with regulators and partnered with small businesses to complete a project.
August 6, 2019
New Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board members, from left, Georgette Samaras, Amy Jones, Noah Keebler, Harriett McCurdy, Andrea Browning, and Robert Whittaker visit the historic Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
New Advisory Board Members Get Up-close View of Oak Ridge Cleanup
Newly appointed members of the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) recently toured EM’s major cleanup projects at the Oak Ridge Site.
July 30, 2019
Oak Ridge Site workers remove asphalt and concrete on the east end of the Y-12 National Security Complex to prepare the site of the Mercury Treatment Facility’s treatment plant.
Crews Mobilize to Build Mercury Treatment Facility in Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge Site crews recently mobilized to begin constructing the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility.
July 23, 2019
UCOR President and CEO Ken Rueter speaks at the 2019 East Tennessee Workforce Summit about his company’s approach to workforce development. Tennessee State Rep. John Ragan is at right.
Oak Ridge Contractor Develops Next Generation of Cleanup Workers
EM’s cleanup contractor at the Oak Ridge Site is helping develop the next generation of workers.
July 9, 2019
From left, Tommy Morgan of UCOR, Spencer Cline of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Megan Houchin of Consolidated Nuclear Security, and Carmen Bigles of Coqui RadioPharmaceuticals Corp. serve on a panel at the Millennial Nuclear Caucus in Oak Ridge in June.
Oak Ridge Early Career Professional Leads Reactor Closeout Project
Oak Ridge recently hosted the Millennial Nuclear Caucus, where Tommy Morgan, an early career professional, talked about his role leading a complex EM
July 2, 2019
Workers demolish the west portion of Building 3017 at the Oak Ridge Site.
Demolition Reduces Risk at Oak Ridge Building
EM workers have torn down the west end of Building 3017 at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory after more than a decade of challenges.
June 25, 2019
Oak Ridge Office of EM (OREM) Manager Jay Mullis speaks to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board at its June meeting about OREM’s near-term plans and the path for Oak Ridge’s future cleanup.
Oak Ridge Manager Speaks to Advisory Board About EM’s Cleanup Plans
Leadership at the Oak Ridge Site met with the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board
June 18, 2019
Oak Ridge Site workers remove asbestos-containing panels from portions of the K-1037 Building while demolition and debris removal are underway on other sections.
Crews Demolish Largest Standing Structure at Oak Ridge's ETTP
Cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) gained headway with the completion of demolition of the K-1037
June 18, 2019
UCOR crews are currently taking down Building K-631 at the East Tennessee Technology Park at the Oak Ridge Site.
Oak Ridge’s UCOR Earns 95 Percent of Fee for First Half of Fiscal 2019
EM recently awarded its Oak Ridge Site cleanup contractor $12.5 million for its performance from Oct. 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.
June 11, 2019
A worker installs a “hot tap,” which allows crews to connect to existing piping without spilling its contents.
Oak Ridge Workers Recover Mercury, Prevent Future Release
Crews recently recovered more than a ton of mercury from an aging facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex.
June 11, 2019
The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) released the final installment of its video series spotlighting the site’s environmental research.
Video Series Showcases Oak Ridge Technology for Mercury Cleanup
The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management released the final installment of its video series spotlighting the site’s environmental research.