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OREM Press Releases

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.

December 19, 2013
K-25 Demolition - Oak Ridge 2013
Energy Department Completes K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Building Demolition

The five year demolition project was completed ahead of schedule and all debris shipments are expected to be completed in spring 2014.

September 27, 2013
Demolition Begins at K-25’s Last Section Standing

Demolition begins at the last section standing of the K-25 building. Workers began tearing down the final six units of the mile-long Manhattan Project-era gaseous diffusion building that once was the largest building under one roof in the world.

February 26, 2013
Highest Risk Components Safely Removed From K-27

Oak Ridge's EM program removes the highest risk components remaining in the K-27 building with the successful crane removal of six components known as NaF traps.

November 6, 2012
High-Risk Components Removed from K-25’s Tc-99 Area

Oak Ridge's EM program removes one of the highest risk components remaining in K-25 building with the successful crane removal of five components known as NaF traps.

October 24, 2012
Demolition begins on K-25’s North End

Oak Ridge's EM program begins demolition on the north end of the K-25 Building, signifying the next major step toward completing demolition of the Manhattan Project-era building.

September 20, 2012
Bill McMillan named federal project director for ORNL cleanup

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management names Bill McMillan as its new federal project director for cleanup at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.