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Oak Ridge/National Lab

  • 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.

  • Y-12 opens Bear Creek Road bypass

    A new bypass on Y‑12’s east–west thoroughfare, Bear Creek Road, is now open to traffic.

    The segment of road north of Jack Case Center and east of Bear Creek Portal parking lot was completed by Chattanooga’s Stein Construction Co. Inc.

    John Howanitz, senior vice president for transformation and projects, said Y-12 sought a contractor with infrastructure expertise rather than attempting the work in-house.

    He credited Stein Construction with completing the project well within the desired budget and time frame.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.