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Oak Ridge/National Lab

  • Iconic K-25 water tower demolished

    One of the K-25 Site’s most iconic structures — the checkerboard water tower that has dominated the site’s skyline for 55 years — has been demolished.

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC — known as UCOR — and its subcontracting partners brought down the 382-foot-tall tower earlier this month through a controlled explosive demolition that sent the structure toppling into an empty field near what is now the East Tennessee Technology Park.

  • DOE to test warning sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested May 2 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • DOE cleanup topic at next League luncheon

    Former American Museum of Science and Energy director Steve Stow will discuss the environmental cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy’s  Oak Ridge Reservation during an upcoming meeting of the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters.

    The meeting, Lunch with the League, starts at noon Feb. 7 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not required.

  • Contaminants removed from landfill near K-25

    Contaminated debris and soil have been removed from trenches within a 60-year-old landfill adjacent to the K-25 cleanup project and a protective cover is being installed.

    The materials were removed to minimize the potential for future contamination of surface water and groundwater.

    The 6.5-acre landfill, called K-1070-B, was used from the early 1950s to the mid 1970s to dispose of items such as equipment, materials, parts, and drums.

  • PBS station premiering Y-12 series

    Located in the Bear Creek Valley of East Tennessee, the Y-­12 National Security Complex had its beginnings in the earliest days of the Manhattan Project.

    Just over Pine Ridge from Oak Ridge, a city built during the project by the Army Corps of Engineers to house thousands of workers, Y-12 would eventually come out from under its secret cloak to become known worldwide for its role in creating the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare.

  • DOE to test warning sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested today, Jan. 4, in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • Woody attends DOE conference in New Orleans

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody was among officials from the Oak Ridge area who recently attended the U.S. Department of Energy’s Intergovernmental conference in New Orleans.

    Participants met with federal, state, and local leaders from DOE sites across the nation, including newly appointed leadership in DOE’s Environmental Management Program.

  • Regional emergency management forum to focus on changes after 9/11 tragedies

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office will host the 10th annual Oak Ridge Regional Emergency Management Forum on Sept 8.

    This year’s theme is “Ten Years After 9/11: Changes in America.”

    Activities will begin at 8 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

    The DOE at Oak Ridge and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency collaborated to sponsor this year’s forum in the Y-12 New Hope Center, Oak Ridge.  

  • Smooth transition for new DOE contractor

    URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC took over the environmental cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation for the U.S. Department of Energy last Monday after a safe, three-month transition.

    The company, known as UCOR. is headquartered in Roane County at East Tennessee Technology Park (formerly K-25 Site), where most of the cleanup efforts will be centered.

  • OR team to finish K-25 Site cleanup

    The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday awarded a $2.2 billion contract for the cleanup of the former K-25 Site to the URS/CH2M Hill team at Oak Ridge.

    The team succeeds Bechtel Jacobs, which has been involved since 1998 in the environmental cleanup of the former Manhattan Project site now known as East Tennessee Technology Park on Hwy. 58 in Roane County.

    URS/CH2M Hill will be responsible for the remaining environmental cleanup and support functions at ETTP, according to a DOE release.