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.
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.
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.
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.