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Environmental Cleanup

August 6, 2013
Waste Processing

Transuranic waste, or TRU, is one of several types of waste handled by Oak Ridge’s EM program. This waste contains manmade elements heavier than uranium, hence the name “trans” or “beyond” uranium. Transuranic waste material generally includes objects and materials associated with the human manipulation of fissionable material such as clothing, tools, soil, and debris.

August 6, 2013

Oak Ridge’s EM and reindustrialization missions are closely connected. As cleanup advances, the Department of Energy is able to open more facilities and land for reuse and development. Together, these programs save taxpayer dollars and spur economic development in the region.

August 6, 2013
Waste Management

Years of diverse research and uranium and isotope production led to numerous forms of waste in Oak Ridge. However, our EM program has worked to identify, characterize, and safely store all of the waste as we develop strategies to process, secure, or remove it. Waste ranges from highly radioactive uranium isotopes to building debris and personal protection equipment. 

August 5, 2013
Risk Removal

Risk removal is the most crucial and pivotal action for EM to achieve its missions locally. The organization works to protect the environment and residents’ and employees’ health, provide clean land for future generations, and bolster DOE missions, modernization, and economic development in Oak Ridge. All of these goals hinge on successfully removing environmentally-threatening risks.

February 11, 2013
The Office of Nuclear Energy's mission is to advance nuclear power as a resource that can meet the United State's energy, environmental and national security needs.
Office of Nuclear Energy Launches New Website

A new website for NE means easier access to information and more up-to-date news for users. Check it out!

January 30, 2013
Legacy Management Sites
January 15, 2013
Secretary Chu, Governor Gregoire Issue Statement on Hanford Cleanup

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Governor Chris Gregoire issued a joint statement on the cleanup efforts underway at Hanford.

December 21, 2012
The Rocky Flats Plant was first established in 1951 as a nuclear weapons manufacturing facility. Today, almost 4,000 acres make up the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. Located just 16 miles northwest of Denver, Colorado, the refuge provides a habitat for migratory birds and mammals. | Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.
Photo of the Week: Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

December 21, 2012
Atlas IV was created by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and includes input from the more than 400 organizations in 43 states and four Canadian provinces that make up the Department’s seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (as shown above). <a href="">See this map here.</a>
New Carbon Storage Atlas Shows Hundreds of Years of CO2 Storage Potential

Atlas IV details how and where the CO2 could be stored, as well as some of the most important ways it could be re-used.

November 7, 2012
A Yuma bat flying inside the clearwell at 100-F Area. | Photo courtesy of the Office of Environmental Management.
Roosting Spot for These Nocturnal Mammals is Just Batty

Approximately 6,000 bats roost from mid-March to mid-October inside Hanford’s 100-F Area.