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December 11, 2013
Jim Kopotic and his daughter Lauren pause for a photo after a race that raised money for cancer research and treatment.
‘Can Do’ Attitude Brings EM Family Together

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – It’s 7:51 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. A white, long-bed 4x4 Dodge Ram turns the corner, entering the parking lot. The rumble of the hemi-powered engine stops and the door opens as Jim Kopotic, the federal project director for the East Tennessee Technology Park, one of EM’s primary cleanup sites in Oak Ridge, exits the cab.

November 26, 2013
EM deactivated one of five ventilation branches that led to stack 3039. The ventilation branches are connected to numerous facilities throughout ORNL’s central campus.
One of EM’s Last Recovery Act Projects at Oak Ridge Improves Safety at Laboratory

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Workers recently completed the Building 4500 Stack Removal Project, one of the Oak Ridge EM program’s final cleanup projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

October 30, 2013
Oak Ridge’s environmental database contains data from more than 14 million field samples. These samples provide a clear picture of clean and contaminated areas at the site.
Oak Ridge EM Program Upgrades Environmental Database for Public’s Ease of Use

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge is working to remediate contaminated areas in one of the EM program’s most diverse and complex cleanup sites due to the research and production that occurred there during the Manhattan Project and Cold War.

September 10, 2013
Participants in Safety Fest Tennessee receive a hands-on demonstration about electrical safety.
EM Supports Program that Fosters Region’s Safety Culture

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s EM program is participating in this week’s Safety Fest Tennessee, an annual safety training event for the region’s workplaces.

August 27, 2013
Oak Ridge’s K-1206 F Fire Water Tower falls into an empty field during a recent demolition project.
Oak Ridge’s EM Program Demolishes North America’s Tallest Water Tower

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s EM program recently demolished one of the most iconic structures at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP). The 382-foot checkerboard water tower — the tallest in North America — dominated the site’s skyline since its construction in 1958.

July 1, 2013
Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan, left, and RSI Vice President Rick Ferguson pose for photos at a May 2012 ceremony for an RSI solar farm at DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park.
Small Business Administration Honors Oak Ridge Subcontractor

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently honored an environmental cleanup company that supports Oak Ridge’s EM program as its Subcontractor of the Year in an eight-state region.

June 26, 2013
EM uses data collected at monitoring wells to determine groundwater migration patterns and potential risks.
Oak Ridge EM Program Collaborates with Regulators on Groundwater Strategy

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge EM program has joined state and federal regulators in a series of workshops to address contaminated groundwater on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

May 30, 2013
Oak Ridge Office (ORO) of EM Deputy Manager Sue Cange, left to right, former ORO Manager Jim Hall, former ORO Manager Joe LaGrone, former ORO Manager Gerald Boyd, EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga and ORO EM Manager Mark Whitney take the stage after the showing of “30 Years in 30 Minutes.”
Oak Ridge Reflects on 30 Years of Cleanup

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s EM program hosted an event this month that documented the site’s environmental cleanup efforts since 1983, six years before the official founding of the Department’s EM.

May 7, 2013
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Robert Martineau, left to right, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Oak Ridge EM Manager Mark Whitney, EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga and EPA Deputy Regional Administrator for Region 4 Stan Meiburg gathered for the announcement on mercury cleanup.
Oak Ridge EM Program Increases Focus on Mercury Cleanup

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM Senior Advisor Dave Huizenga recently joined local lawmakers and state and federal officials to announce their partnership to increase focus on cleanup of mercury — one of Oak Ridge’s greatest environmental threats — at the Y-12 National Security Complex.

April 29, 2013
Environmental sampling helps identify which reservation locations are not contaminated.
Oak Ridge Project Opens Possibilities for Future Mission Work, Development

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – EM is refining the picture of uncontaminated areas within the 33,500-acre Oak Ridge Reservation through a review of historic documents and extensive sampling, analysis and characterization.