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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.

April 25, 2013
Oak Ridge’s EM leadership informed members of the public about projects and goals and answered questions during a public workshop this week.
Oak Ridge’s EM Program Seeks Public Input on Cleanup

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge's EM office held a public meeting this week to discuss the program’s upcoming budget and cleanup priorities.

March 28, 2013
Workers recently removed five large mercury-contaminated tanks from Y-12.
Oak Ridge Moves Forward in Mercury Cleanup

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s EM program is making significant progress to reduce environmental mercury releases from the Y-12 National Security Complex.

February 27, 2013
Mike Tidwell performs a leak check and inspection on propane tanks
Oak Ridge: Approaching 4 Million Safe Work Hours

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Workers at URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the prime contractor for EM’s Oak Ridge cleanup, are approaching a milestone of 4 million safe work hours without a lost time away incident.

January 30, 2013
Chromium Water Treatment System Facility Manager Matt Finley stands near one of the facility’s ground wells.
New EM Facility Treats Groundwater at Oak Ridge

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s EM program is operating a new facility that reduces the amount of contaminants entering Mitchell Branch, a stream at DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park.

January 23, 2013
Employees with the K-25 demolition team gather for a photo following the completion of demolition of the north end of the K-25 Building today.
Oak Ridge EM Program Completes K-25 North End Demolition

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – News cameras today captured one of the final stages of DOE’s largest-ever demolition project.

December 27, 2012
Demolition of K-25, DOE’s largest-ever demolition project, is ongoing.
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Pursues Vision of Future While Remembering Past

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – What a difference a year makes.

In 2012, DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (EM) surged ahead on the agency’s largest-ever demolition project, the K-25 building. Due to effective federal oversight, and the efficient work of the site’s prime contractor, URS|CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), the 44-acre Manhattan Project-era superstructure is disappearing quickly.

December 11, 2012
A new enclosure for processing radioactive casks has put Oak Ridge on a path to finishing cleanup work two years ahead of schedule, saving nearly $20 million. | Photo courtesy of the Office of Environmental Management.
Waste Treatment Facility Saves Taxpayers Nearly $20 Million

Cleanup work is ahead of schedule at Oak Ridge , saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

August 15, 2012
New Facility Saves $20 Million, Accelerates Waste Processing

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge’s EM program recently began operations at a newly constructed facility that will accelerate the completion of remote-handled transuranic (TRU) waste processing at the site by two years and save taxpayers more than $20 million.