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September 24, 2015
Federal and contractor employees who worked on the project to remove irradiated components from a reactor pool gather to watch the transport of the shipment offsite for disposition.
EM Removes Radioactive Components from Former Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Surveillance and maintenance — a process to monitor and maintain safe conditions in facilities awaiting demolition — is not a subject that often grabs headlines. But it’s an important part of EM’s portfolio.

August 31, 2015
Sue Cange, manager for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management
Sue Cange Provides Insight on Oak Ridge’s Cleanup Progress, Partnerships

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Sue Cange, manager for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, is responsible for safely executing the environmental cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation.

July 30, 2015
About 95 percent of the waste from UCOR's demolition projects at ETTP was placed in the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility, a secure onsite depository designed for safe, permanent storage. Within the next decade, the current waste disposal facility will be full from the materials collected at the ETTP site.
Staying the Course

As the lead contractor in cleanup and reindustrialization of ETTP, UCOR has demolished and disposed of dozens of structures. The process has generated an enormous volume of debris and waste. About 95 percent of the waste was placed in the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility, a secure onsite depository designed for safe, permanent storage. Without the availability of secure, onsite disposal...

July 29, 2015
EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney speaks during the K-31 Building demolition celebration.
Oak Ridge Moves Closer to Reaching Vision 2016

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – About 70 employees, community leaders, and local officials recently gathered to witness the completion of K-31 Building’s demolition at Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), marking the removal of the fourth of five gaseous diffusion buildings at the former uranium enrichment site.

July 29, 2015
Employees at Oak Ridge discuss with EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, upper right, the steps involved in processing remote-handled waste and transporting it to UCOR’s storage facilities.
Federal-Contractor Partnership Allows Continued Waste Processing in Oak Ridge

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and two of its contractors — URS I CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC (UCOR) and Wastren Advantage, Inc. (WAI) — have developed a plan that allows the site to continue processing transuranic waste and maintain its cleanup schedule.

June 19, 2015
An aerial view of ETTP in June 2015. In the forefront is Building K-27, the last of five former gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment facilites at the site.
Finishing the job

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management has a simple mission. Since the late 1980s, we have made tremendous progress in removing legacies of contamination from past operations on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

June 1, 2015
Roane County Mayor Ron Woody speaks to OREM leadership and workshop participants.
EM program implements feedback from community

OREM hosted its annual community budget workshop on April 29. This year’s edition invited stakeholders to share their priorities for OREM to consider as the organization develops its Fiscal Year 2017 budget

April 22, 2015
Leadership from the DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of EM, UCOR, RSI, and Vis Solis plug in the site’s third solar array development. The newest addition adds 1 megawatt of clean, renewable energy to the grid.
Clean energy growing part of Oak Ridge’s reindustrialization efforts

DOE reindustrialization vision is being realized on a large scale. Oak Ridge’s EM program has removed 380 buildings from East Tennessee Technology Park, hundreds of acres have been transferred from government ownership, and dozens of private companies occupy facilities onsite. Recently, some of those companies have worked together to invest in clean energy projects at the site.

March 30, 2015
Regalbuto (right to left) is joined by U.S. Tennessee Eastern District Judge Pamela Reeves; State Collaborative on Reforming Education President and CEO Jamie Woodson; Scripps Network Interactive Senior Vice President Julie Elliot; and DOE Office of Science Field Operations Associate Deputy Director Stephanie Short.
EM Official Shares Insight at Women’s Conference

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Earlier this month, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto participated in Oak Ridge’s annual women’s workshop. The conference, themed “All Hands In: Innovate and Collaborate,” was hosted by the Federal Women’s Program and the local chapter of Federally Employed Women.

March 24, 2015
The SRS Non-Destructive Radionuclide Assay Team, from left, include Steve Mackmull (now retired), DOE-Savannah River; Todd Shepley, Canberra; and Lee Fox and Steve Mentrup, SRNS. Not pictured: Bert Crapse, DOE-Savannah River; Ronnie Lee, WIPP Central Characterization Program; and Dan Remington, Bruce Gillespie, and Joe Wachter, Canberra.
EM’s Award-Winning Projects Save More Than $10 Million, Advance Sustainability at Department of Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two EM projects that spared resources, increased the efficiency of radioactive waste processing, and saved more than $10.6 million were honored as recipients of DOE’s 2014 Sustainability Awards.