Environmental Stewardship

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Oak Ridge’s EM program regularly monitors capped burial grounds in Melton Valley, near the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Oak Ridge’s EM program regularly monitors capped burial grounds in Melton Valley, near the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The Oak Ridge Office of EM works with multiple regulatory agencies that promote safety and environmental quality regionally and nationally. Specifically, our office works with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Together the three agencies comprise the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA) and develop milestones to complete cleanup projects throughout the Oak Ridge Reservation that will remove risks and improve the safety of local residents and workers.

Many of the current compliance-related actions revolve around waste and material disposition. These include National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Impact Statements and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) Records of Decision. Readers can learn more about these programs in the provided links.

Public involvement is another core component of our environmental stewardship mission. We realize that our missions and decisions have a significant impact on thousands of local residents. We enjoy a close partnership that derives its strength from years of listening, teamwork, and a unified vision for the region. This knowledge drives us to prioritize risks, plan cleanup strategies, conduct the safest operations possible, and provide transparent communication about our projects.