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November 14, 2014
The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board meets on the second Wednesday of the month.
DOE seeks candidates for environmental advisory board vacancies

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).

The ORSSAB is a federally chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to Oak Ridge’s Environmental Management program, which is responsible for cleanup and remediation across the 33,500-acre Oak Ridge Reservation.

October 8, 2014
OREM began demolition of the 750,000 sq. ft. K-31 Building, marking the removal of the fourth of five gaseous diffusion buildings at the former uranium enrichment site.
Demolition of K-31 gaseous diffusion building begins

OREM begins demolition of the K-31 Building 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 31, 2014
Wendy Cain named portfolio federal project director for ETTP cleanup

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management has named Wendy Cain as its new portfolio federal project director for cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park.

June 26, 2014
An aerial photo of K-25's footprint after the project was completed.
All K-25 project work wraps up

Demolition of the K-25 Building at ETTP ended late last year, but that was not the end of the project. Many other tasks had to be accomplished before the project could be officially declared complete. DOE's cleanup contractor, UCOR, has now completed those tasks safely and ahead of schedule.

May 27, 2014
The American Nuclear Society will recognize the K-25 demolition project at its summer meeting in June.
K-25 demolition project receives American Nuclear Society award

The successful demolition of a former gaseous diffusion facility has been honored by the American Nuclear Society. The American Nuclear Society’s Decommissioning and Environmental Services Division selected the K-25 demolition project to receive its Project Excellence Award.

May 14, 2014
(L to R) U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, EM’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney, CROET CEO Larence Young, and David Klaus, DOE’s Deputy Undersecretary for Management and Performance, participate in a signing event that transfers 25 acres for private development at ETTP.
DOE Transfers Property at ETTP

DOE transferred its 12th property, approximately 25 acres at the Heritage Center, to the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee (CROET). The site was officially signed over to CROET for private sector use.

May 8, 2014
Oak Ridge completes field work on Recovery Act-projects

Oak Ridge's Office of EM has finished field work on the last Recovery Act-funded environmental cleanup project. Since 2009, EM has used the $751 million in Recovery Act funds to accomplish 27 projects, many of which included multiple subcomponents and extensive scopes.

March 11, 2014
The last shipment of debris from the K-25 demolition project leaves the East Tennessee Technology Park.
Final load of debris shipped from K-25 Building demolition project

On March 11, The final truckload of debris from the K-25 Building demolition project was shipped from East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP).

The K-25 Building, located at the East Tennessee Technology Park (the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant), was built in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project. At that time, K-25 was the world’s largest building under one roof. Demolition of the mile-long, U-shaped structure was completed in December 2013. Since then, workers have focused on removing the resulting demolition debris.

March 11, 2014
Oak Ridge Reservation’s emergency sectors change

TEMA has issued revised emergency sectors for the DOE Oak Ridge Reservation. These sectors, labeled A-Y, determine which areas should take action if an event occurs at one of DOE’s sites locally. The new sector boundaries have improved correlation with roads, waterways, and recognizable landmarks.

February 28, 2014
DOE awards contract to small business for mercury project at Y-12

OREM awarded a task order to Strata-G, a Knoxville-based small business, to collect data and perform characterization at Outfall 200, the proposed site for the mercury water treatment facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex.