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April 7, 2016
Senior officials from DOE's Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and North Wind Solutions, LLC meet to sign a partnering agreement that defines the working arrangement and expectations between the two organizations.
OREM and North Wind Solutions Sign Partnering Agreement

On April 6, senior officials from DOE's Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management and North Wind Solutions, LLC met to sign a partnering agreement that defines the working arrangement and expectations between the two organizations. North Wind assumed responsibility for the Transuranic Waste Processing Center in December 2015.

March 31, 2016
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Manager Sue Cange, center, listens to Atomic Trades and Labor Council President Mike Thompson Mike Thompson speak at the Waste Management Conference. Betsy Child, chief of staff and regulatory officer for URS|CH2M Oak Ridge, is at left.
Waste Management Conference Highlights Oak Ridge’s Progress and Partnerships

PHOENIX – The Waste Management Conference this month dedicated a day to highlighting the work of DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) with the theme, “Purpose. Progress. Partnership.”

February 11, 2016
Oak Ridge's EM program kicked off the K-27 Building demolition Feb. 8.
Oak Ridge's K-27 Demolition Officially Begins

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The ceremonial “first bite” on Feb. 8 signaled the start of the K-27 Building demolition as URS|CH2M Oak Ridge, the EM Oak Ridge program's lead cleanup contractor for the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), moved closer to fulfilling Vision 2016 — removal of all gaseous diffusion buildings from the site by year’s end.

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