Beta 4, one of the oldest and largest buildings at the Y-12 National Security Complex, recently reached a significant cleanup milestone. The second floor of the building, more than 82,000 square feet, has been cleared of large equipment and waste from Cold War operations.
Cleanup at the Oak Ridge Reservation took a major leap forward in 2010, as DOE's Office of EM completed numerous projects that reduced risks, decreased the site’s footprint, and paved the way for new development for DOE missions.
Officials from TDEC and DOE signed a Natural Resources Damages settlement agreement. The signed document designates DOE’s plans to compensate the state for ecological and human use impacts associated with contaminant releases from facilities at the Oak Ridge Reservation.
The final and most high-profile demolition funded at Y-12 by the Recovery Act continues this week. Building 9211, one of seven buildings in Y-12’s vacant Biology Complex, was constructed in 1945 to house biological research. The 83,471-square-foot facility has not been used since the early 2000s, and it began falling apart in recent years.
Building 9220, the second of four buildings within Y-12's Biology Complex, was demolished. The completed work eliminates another unneeded facility at Y-12 and eliminates the risk associated with the deteriorated facility.
The Alpha 5 Legacy Material Disposition project at Y-12 recently celebrated the early completion of a significant project milestone. The fourth floor of Alpha 5 has been cleared of 5,430 containers of legacy materials, which includes any equipment and materials not bolted or secured to the facility.