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February 14, 2014
Bald eagles are one of the many migratory birds that nest on the Oak Ridge Reservation.
Oak Ridge recognized for bird protection practices

Oak Ridge’s efforts to protect migratory birds recently garnered honorable mention for the 2013 Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award. The Energy Department championed the effort through partnerships with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, UT-Battelle, and URS | CH2M Oak Ridge.

January 31, 2014
Colin Colverson, an Energy Department attorney in Oak Ridge, wins the prestigious Postma Young Professional Medal.
Local employee honored for community involvement

Last month, the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) recognized Colin Colverson, an Energy Department attorney in Oak Ridge, with the prestigious Postma Young Professional Medal. The selection committee chooses an annual recipient for the award that displays elite community service and leadership qualities.

January 24, 2014
Michael Rigas, a civil engineer with OREM, teaches students at Woodland Elementary how to make lava lamps.
Employees share the fun of STEM at local elementary

Employees from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management participated in Woodland Elementary’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) night. Employees volunteered to help students from kindergarten through fourth grade forge a love for math and science and realize the possibilities these disciplines offer.

December 24, 2013
Crews tear though the final wall of Building K-25, bringing an end to the five-year demolition project.
Oak Ridge Focuses on Old and New in 2013

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - In 2013, the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management completed numerous projects. Some of the major accomplishments involved reaching two long-standing goals and progressing on the design of a new construction project.

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.