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Oak Ridge/National Lab

  • DOE bus tours underway for ’17 season

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Oak Ridge facilities public bus tours are underway through Nov. 27.

    The tour offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 70 years.

    The reservation-wide tour is a popular destination for tourists visiting the area.

    Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted more than 40,000 visitors from all 50 states.

  • Park marking Girl Scout Week

    The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is partnering with the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge and the Girl Scouts of USA to celebrate National Girl Scout Week on March 11.

    Beginning at 10 a.m. at the Museum, individual Girl Scouts and/or troops are welcome to participate in hands-on activities until 3:30 p.m.

    Admission to CMOR will be free on that day for any Girl Scout in uniform and their families.

  • DOE public bus tours now through November

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Oak Ridge facilities public bus tour is now offered to visitors through November.

    This popular tour of the 33,000-acre DOE Oak Ridge Federal Reservation offers visitors a first-hand look at all of the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation in more than 70 years.

    Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted about 35,000 visitors from all 50 states.

  • 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.

  • ORNL $$ to enhance learning for Boy Scouts

    A $150,000 gift from UT-Batelle to the Boy Scouts of America Great Smoky Mountain Council will enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education at Camp Buck Toms near Rockwood.

    UT-Batelle is the contractor that runs Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

    “One of the things we’ve tried to do over the years is focus our community engagement around education, particularly science education and STEM,” ORNL laboratory director Thom Mason said.

  • 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 to test sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested Feb. 1 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.