DOE bus tours end Sept. 2

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge facilities public bus tour will end for the 2011 season on Sept. 2.

The tour includes interactive stops at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex and East Tennessee Technology Park. Historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 65 years is provided.

The reservation-wide tour continues to appeal to visitors from all 50 states.

Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has enjoyed widespread success and more than 25,000 visitors.

The three-hour tour allows participants to visit the entire Oak Ridge Reservation while receiving historical facts and updates about the world-class missions currently under way.

Tours are available from noon to 3 p.m. weekdays and start from the American Museum of Science and Energy at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak

The tour is available to U.S. citizens ages 10 and older. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. at the museum.

Museum admission includes access to interactive and historical exhibits, live demonstrations and the public bus tour.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for ages 65 and older and $3 for ages 6-17.

Photo identification is required for all bus tour participants.

Contact the museum at 865-576-3200 at least 48 hours in advance of the public bus tour date if special accommodations are needed.

The tour program is a joint operation between the DOE Oak Ridge Office and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 Site Office.

Tour partners include UT-Battelle, which operates ORNL; B&W Y-12, contractor for Y-12; UCOR, the Oak Ridge Environmental Management contractor; and the museum.

More information on the DOE facilities public bus tour or the museum is available at www.amse.org or by contacting either Lissa Clarke at the museum at 865-576-3218; or DOE’s DiAnn Fields at 865-576-0885.