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ETTP spans approximately 2,200 acres, and before we initiated cleanup, the site contained more than 600 buildings. Our employees are working to remove radiological contaminants, primarily uranium, and a wide range of chemical components from the site.
Our goals are to complete legacy cleanup, commemorate the historical achievements that happened at the site, and transfer the remediated land to private industry for an industrial park that bolsters the regional economy.
The Y-12 National Security Complex sits on approximately 800 acres. Currently, the site has nearly 100 excess buildings totaling 3.8 million square feet. Mercury is the greatest environmental threat at the site, with almost 2 million pounds unaccounted for from operations dating back to the 1950s.
Our goals are to complete legacy cleanup and mercury remediation at the site, demolish outdated, dilapidated facilities that will reduce the high security area footprint, and modernize the site allowing Y-12 to incorporate new facilities and missions.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory contains more than 300 excess buildings totaling 1.5 million square feet. Radiological contaminants, from years of nuclear research, are the site’s greatest threat to safety and the environment.
EM’s goal for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is to complete legacy cleanup, enhance employee safety, and remove hazards and outdated facilities to modernize the central campus area for modernization and new Office of Science missions.
To achieve our vision of a clean, modernized, and reindustrialized Oak Ridge, we must balance competing risks, emphasize safety, adopt innovative technologies, meet near-term goals, and continue our longer-term strategic focus. We conduct environmental cleanup at three diverse sites, the East Tennessee Technology Park, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Y-12 National Security Complex; each has its own missions and challenges. However, with a firm focus and commitment to our goals and objectives, we can achieve a clean, modern Oak Ridge that is capable of advancing the U.S. Department of Energy’s expanding missions.