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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.
November 8, 2017
Jay Mullis speaking at the annual ETEBA conference
DOE names Jay Mullis Oak Ridge's new cleanup manager
DOE announced the selection of Jay Mullis as the manager of the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management.
October 31, 2017
Workers with CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company subcontractor Ojeda Business Ventures construct a test pad to evaluate a floor saw to remove highly contaminated soil from beneath a former research building on the Hanford Site.
Several EM Prime Contractors Surpass Fiscal Year 2017 Small Business Goals
At least 11 prime cleanup contractors across the EM complex surpassed annual goals for subcontracting with small businesses in fiscal year 2017.
October 31, 2017
Employees, state legislators, stakeholders, local representatives, congressional staff members, and signatory and consulting party members attend a luncheon and preview of the K-25 History Center. Afterward, the attendees viewed plans for the facility.
Oak Ridge EM Program to Preserve, Share History
DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of EM recently previewed the K-25 History Center and launched a project to share the site’s history at an event.
October 26, 2017
New ORSSAB members (Pictured L-R) Leon Shields, Bonnie Shoemaker, John Tapp, David Branch, and Tara Walker attended the board's annual planning meeting in August 2017. New member Michelle Lohmann was unable to attend.
DOE Names Six New Members to Environmental Advisory Board
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has appointed six new members to the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management’s (OREM) local environmental adv
October 24, 2017
A worker removes asbestos from Building 7500.
Crews Reduce Risk at Oak Ridge Excess Facilities
Workers recently surpassed the halfway mark removing asbestos from a former research reactor.
October 18, 2017
A 3-D rendering of the future K-25 History Center
Event marks start of K-25 History Center
OREM is hosting a celebratory event to formally launch a multi-phase project for historic preservation at ETTP.
October 17, 2017
The Clinch River, which connects to the Tennessee River, runs along the west side of the East Tennessee Technology Park.
Oak Ridge Site’s Barge Area Presents Opportunities for Industry
Reindustrialization efforts at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) have brought new life to an old barge access area out of service for decades.
September 28, 2017
CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company Employees received the Voluntary Protection Program Star of Excellence award at the 2017 Safety  Symposium. CH2M’s goal is to set the gold standard for safe, compliant cleanup at the Hanford Site.
Several EM Contractors Honored for Safety and Health Excellence
EM contractors across the complex were recognized for safety and health excellence in DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) at a recent symposium.
September 12, 2017
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant employees pose for a photo to celebrate the resumption of transuranic waste shipments to the facility.
WIPP Marks Milestone With 50th Waste Shipment Since April
EM recently achieved a significant milestone when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant received its 50th transuranic (TRU) waste shipment since April 7.
August 31, 2017
Workers began viewing the solar eclipse at EM's Paducah Site in Kentucky just before noon Aug. 21, with the moon completely blocking out the sun at 1:22 p.m. for just over 2 minutes.
From Idaho to South Carolina, EM Workers Behold Total Solar Eclipse History
Thousands of spectators at four EM sites witnessed day turn to night as they stood in the path of totality of the historic solar eclipse on Aug. 21.
August 14, 2017
TRU shipment leaving Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge makes first shipment to WIPP
For the first time since 2012, processed and treated transuranic waste is leaving Oak Ridge’s Transuranic Waste Processing Center for disposal.
July 28, 2017
Workers tear down the K-832 Cooling Water Pumphouse.
Demolition of Oak Ridge’s Poplar Creek Facilities Underway
Workers began demolishing the Poplar Creek facilities this month, bringing Oak Ridge’s EM program closer to completing major cleanup at ETTP by 2020.
July 13, 2017
CTI workers clean up the K-732 switchyard.
Oak Ridge EM, Small Business Complete Switchyard Cleanup
Field work and cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park’s K-732 Switchyard are scheduled to be completed this month.
June 28, 2017
URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC completed demolition of Building K-731
Oak Ridge Contractor Earns 93 Percent of Available Fee for First Half of Fiscal 2017
OREM cleanup contractor URS|CH2M Oak Ridge LLC earned almost $3.4 million for its performance from October 2016 - March 2017 nearly 93% fee available.
June 28, 2017
URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC’s Gary Kephart and Bill Evans accept the Innovation Award from the event hosts.
Oak Ridge Contractor Wins International Innovation Award
OREM cleanup contractor URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) was among 11 winners internationally of the Environmental Health & Safety Innovation Awards.
June 22, 2017
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Local business awarded contract to support EM program
DOE awarded Pro2Serve a five year contract to provide technical support services to OREM.
May 31, 2017
Senior officials from DOE's Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and North Wind Solutions celebrate the one-year anniversary of signing a partnering agreement. Linda Beach is pictured in the center of the group.
Beach Leads Small Business to Perform Big Responsibility in Oak Ridge
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Processing and shipping the inventory of transuranic waste offsite is one of the EM program’s most important near-term commi...