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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.
September 22, 2020
White Celebrates EM’s Transformational Progress at National Cleanup Workshop
EM Sites Spotlight Historic Accomplishments
The Savannah River Site (SRS) is on the verge of a new era of processing radioactive waste.
September 22, 2020
Participants in the first of three virtual town halls that will focus on the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management’s (OREM) Vision 2020 achievement.
Oak Ridge to Host Virtual Town Halls Celebrating Vision 2020
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor, UCOR, are celebrating reaching Vision 2020 next month.
September 15, 2020
Crews in full protective gear have been conducting asbestos abatement inside remaining Biology Complex buildings at Oak Ridge since early 2019.
Crews Complete Key Step in Oak Ridge Biology Complex Deactivation
Crews recently achieved a key milestone by removing all asbestos from a building being deactivated for demolition.
September 8, 2020
Last week, crews moved a massive 50,000-tank into position to support efforts at the Sludge Processing Mock Test Facility under construction at Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge Constructing Test Facility for Sludge Processing
Construction is underway on the $10 million Sludge Processing Mock Test Facility.
September 1, 2020
Tim Melberg, UCOR’s manager of supply chain management, speaks at the company’s eighth annual Small Business Awards Program. The event recognized top performers whose exceptional performance contributed to cleanup accomplishments.
Oak Ridge Continues Tradition of Recognizing Top-Performing Small Businesses
EM mission was on full display last week at the eighth annual Small Business Awards Breakfast.
August 20, 2020
Workers constructing the Mercury Treatment Facility
DOE's cleanup of nuclear waste sites a continuing success
A special op-ed featured in Knox News Sentinel from Paul Dabbar about cleanup success in Oak Ridge
August 18, 2020
DOE Environmental Management Press Release
DOE Issues Draft RFP for the Oak Ridge Reservation Cleanup Contract
Today, the US DOE’s Office of EM issued a Draft Request for Proposals for the ORRCC procurement at the ORR, in Oak Ridge, TN.
August 18, 2020
Building 3005, a former research reactor facility located in the central campus area of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, operated from 1951 to 1968. Experienced crews from East Tennessee Technology Park are transitioning to deactivation efforts inside Build
Experienced Oak Ridge Workforce Transitions to ORNL Cleanup
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor UCOR have begun transitioning its ETTP workforce to new cleanup project.
August 11, 2020
Buildings 3034 and 3036 are located at left in Isotope Row in the heart of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Addressing these facilities will eliminate significant risks, and their removal will provide valuable space for new research missions.
EM Advances Next Major Cleanup Phase in Oak Ridge
OREM recently received authority to conduct work inside five buildings at ORNL and Y-12.
August 4, 2020
Demolition of the Centrifuge Complex at Oak Ridge presented challenges due to the size and height of its structures. Some buildings stood 180 feet tall. That's too tall for conventional demolition equipment designed for buildings with a maximum height of
Crews Finish Takedown of Centrifuge Complex in Oak Ridge
EM’s cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park took a major step forward with removal of the Centrifuge Complex in late July.
July 28, 2020
Demolition begins on Building K-1600. The 42,000-square-foot structure was formerly used as a test and demonstration facility for uranium enrichment centrifuges.
Demolition Underway on Final Building at ETTP in Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and contractor UCOR have begun demolishing Building K-1600.
July 21, 2020
An aerial view of the massive K-25 footprint spanning 44 acres at Oak Ridge. Future plans call for transforming the footprint into a commemorative site as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
Oak Ridge Completes Major Soil Remediation Project at K-25 Footprint
Workers recently finished removing contaminated soil under a section of the former Building K-25 footprint in another major action
July 20, 2020
UCOR crews take down the Centrifuge Complex
DOE signs two-year contract extension with UCOR
DOE has signed a two-year contract extension with UCOR to maintain its environmental cleanup progress in Oak Ridge.
July 14, 2020
Cleanup locations at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a Manhattan Project site, include hillsides, canyon sides, and canyon bottoms. This photo shows soil cleanup in Los Alamos Canyon, which is adjacent to the former Technical Area-01.
As U.S. Marks Trinity Test’s 75th Anniversary, EM Continues Progress at Manhattan Project Sites
On July 16, 1945, the world's first nuclear explosion occurred more than 200 miles south of Los Alamos in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
July 14, 2020
Crews are manually adding 12,000 square feet of fabric to the trusses to complete the cover for the protective tent at the Building 3026 demolition project at Oak Ridge.
EM Prepares for Demolition in Heart of ORNL
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and its contractor UCOR are preparing to demolish the remaining structures associated with Building 3026.
July 7, 2020
A view of the former K-832 Basin at Oak Ridge before workers removed it.
Crews Remove Basin as Oak Ridge Heads Toward ETTP Cleanup Completion
A basin that once held cooling water used in Oak Ridge’s former uranium enrichment operations has been removed.
July 7, 2020
Isotek employees Shane Miles, left, and Ryan Souza stand behind a cutting tool used to help install new remote manipulators in hot cells at Oak Ridge.
Workers Use Skill, Ingenuity to Install New Manipulators at Oak Ridge
Upgrades and construction are progressing at Building 2026.
June 30, 2020
UCOR began demolition on the Centrifuge Complex during the first half of fiscal 2020. These buildings were the largest remaining buildings at the site and spanned 235,000 square feet.
Oak Ridge’s UCOR Earns 94 Percent of Available Fee for First Half of Fiscal 2020
EM recently awarded Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR $10.4 million for its performance from October 2019 through March 2020.
June 30, 2020
Crews have completed deactivation inside the 42,000-square-foot K-1600 facility. Teardown is scheduled to begin this summer.
Last Major ETTP Facility Ready for Demolition at Oak Ridge
Workers have completed deactivating Building K-1600, and now it is ready for demolition.