Organized in 1973, the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) is an independent, regional, non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the federal government’s missions in Oak Ridge as well as encouraging new opportunities to fully utilize the highly-skilled talent, cutting-edge technologies and unique facilities that make up the federal reservation, the University of Tennessee complex, and the TVA region.
Oak Ridge Looks Ahead to Vision 2020 After K-27 Demolition
The final pieces of brick and steel crashed to the ground from Building K-27, marking one of the most significant accomplishments in the Oak Ridge EM program’s history. After a decade of demolition, the site became the world’s first to remove all of its uranium enrichment processing buildings.
Despite this monumental achievement, the celebration lasted only moments before workers started taking down another structure to bring them closer to the next big goal — Vision 2020. It’s the Oak Ridge EM program’s goal to complete all cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) and transfer the site to the
private sector by 2020 for industrial development.
While Vision 2016 opened 300 acres of real estate for redevelopment, Vision 2020 is larger in scale and includes the planned transfer of the entire 2,200-acre ETTP for use as an industrial park to benefit the regional economy.“We are extremely proud of the work, commitment, and dedication our employees exemplified to remove these massive structures and achieve Vision 2016,” said Sue Cange, manager for DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of EM. “But, that is not our ultimate goal, and our employees remain focused on the work ahead so we can successfully accomplish Vision 2020.”
EM has several large cleanup projects to complete before that can happen.