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October 18, 2016
David Adler named director of Quality and Mission Support Division

OREM has named David Adler as the director of its Quality and Mission Support Division. In this role, Adler is responsible for leading and directing a diverse team of professionals that support and enable the cleanup mission in Oak Ridge. Together, his teams focus on quality assurance, regulatory and environmental compliance, reindustrialization, and community outreach.

October 3, 2016
Brian Henry named portfolio federal project director for Y-12 cleanup

OREM has named Brian Henry as its new portfolio federal project director for cleanup at the Y-12 National Security Complex. As the portfolio federal project director, Henry oversees all of the planning and execution for Y-12’s current and upcoming cleanup projects, including all decontamination, demolition, and disposal operations. In this role, he is also leading preparations for the Mercury Treatment Facility and the Environmental Management Disposal Facility, two of OREM’s largest and most vital near-term capital projects.

September 19, 2016
(Left to right) Venita Thomas, Kathryn Bales, Christopher Beatty, Fred Swindler, Eddie Holden, and Deni Sobek join an already diverse and active group that meets monthly to share ideas and offer their perspectives on the future actions and decisions that will further OREM’s mission in Oak Ridge.
Local residents appointed to citizen’s environmental advisory board

Nine members were appointed to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) during the summer, bringing the group’s total to 21 members and two non-voting student representatives. DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) regularly briefs the board about its top cleanup projects and priorities, and in turn, the board issues recommendations over the course of each fiscal year, which begins in October.

September 1, 2016
Each year, Safety Fest TN has grown in its attendance and in its offerings. In 2015, the event recorded more than 850 participants representing 172 organizations from 79 cities in 6 states, and the expectations for 2016 are even higher.
Regional safety initiative’s fifth year continues growth and offerings

Oak Ridge’s EM program is participating in this month’s Safety Fest TN, an annual safety training event for the region’s workplaces. Now in its fifth year, the event provides an extensive list of free safety and health training opportunities in Oak Ridge and Knoxville from September 12-16.

August 30, 2016
Equipment takes down the final portion of Building K-27. The cleanup project was part of Vision 2016, a DOE goal to remove all of the former uranium enrichment buildings at the East Tennessee Technology Park by the end of 2016. K-27 was the fifth and final gaseous diffusion building to be demolished at the site. Successful demolitions of the four other buildings were completed from 2006 to 2015.
DOE completes decade-long project at Oak Ridge gaseous diffusion complex

National, state, and local officials joined nearly 1,500 employees to watch the final wall of Building K-27 fall at the East Tennessee Technology Park, marking the first time in world history that all of a site’s uranium-enrichment gaseous diffusion buildings have been cleaned and demolished. The cleanup project is part of Vision 2016, a DOE goal to remove all of the former uranium enrichment buildings at the East Tennessee Technology Park by the end of 2016. K-27 was the fifth and final gaseous diffusion building to be demolished at the site. Successful demolitions of the four other buildings were completed from 2006 to 2015.

June 28, 2016
CRESO Director John Byrd provides direction to students gathering data for their research on the region's box turtle.
OREM supports local program fostering the next generation of environmental stewards

OREM and the Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization (CRESO) hosted media this morning for a “turtle hunt” of Tennessee’s state reptile, the Eastern Box Turtle. Today’s event is just one example of how community partnerships are having a real-world impact, enabling Anderson County middle and high school students to participate in and contribute to long-term ecological field studies that focus on the wildlife of East Tennessee.

March 8, 2016
DOE project could impact local traffic in coming weeks

Beginning March 10,OREM is conducting a project that requires large, slow-moving equipment on Highway 58 and Highway 95. Motorists transiting the area during this time should be alert for slow-moving vehicles and expect occasional delays.

February 25, 2016
(Left to right) Kennetha Eikelberg and Elizabeth Ross were appointed to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board in February 2016.
DOE Appoints Two New Members to Advisory Board

DOE has appointed two new members to its Oak Ridge Environmental Management advisory board. Kennetha Eikelberg and Elizabeth Ross were appointed to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board in February.

February 24, 2016
DOE seeks candidates for advisory board vacancies

DOE's Oak Ridge Office of EM is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board. The board is a federally chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to the agency regarding cleanup activities across the Oak Ridge Reservation. The deadline for submitting applications is March 15.

February 12, 2016
Cover of the summary document exploring OREM's economic impact.
Studies Conclude Significant Economic Impact of OREM

The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has published two reports highlighting the economic impacts of DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM). The reports were commissioned by UCOR on behalf of OREM.