The Y-12 National Security Complex has an improved fire protection system after workers recently completed an extensive eight-year plant-wide effort to replace more than 9,850 sprinkler heads in six different facilities. Completion of the $46 million “50-Year Safety Significant Sprinkler Head Replacement Portfolio” means that those facilities can continue to meet fire protection requirements, which reduces the site’s fire protection systems risk from high to low risk while improving Y-12’s long-term operations capability.
Upgrades and construction are progressing at Building 2026 to prepare the facility to begin processing a high-dose portion of Oak Ridge’s uranium-233 inventory. That work will enable EM to convert the material into a disposal-ready form after extracting an unprecedented amount of thorium for next-generation cancer research.
A basin that once held cooling water used in Oak Ridge’s former uranium enrichment operations has been removed from the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), and now the site where it was located has been restored. Workers recently completed removal of the K-832 Basin in the Poplar Creek area at ETTP. It was used in conjunction with a pumphouse and cooling tower, both of which were demolished by EM crews in 2017.
DOE announced the latest cohorts in its Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs. The 20 selected researchers will leverage the National Laboratories’ expert mentorship and world-class facilities over the next two years to advance their energy and manufacturing technologies from concepts to products. Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory The Innovation Crossroads program will welcome four teams funded by EERE working on cybersecurity, efficient computing, additive manufacturing, and smart manufacturing. Learn more about the program’s fourth cohort.
Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) awarded a set of Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contracts to provide nationwide Deactivation, Decommissioning and Removal (DD&R) services to help address excess facilities. The contracts will utilize Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) and Cost Reimbursement (CR) task orders to conduct DD&R of excess, legacy facilities across the EM complex. This support will also be available to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Naval Reactors (NR) and the Office of Science (SC), as well as other DOE Offices or other Federal Agencies that may request EM assistance in accomplishing their DD&R requirements