Source: EM Update | Vol. 12, Issue 27; Contributor: Susanne Dupes | September 22, 2020


Participants in the first of three virtual town halls that will focus on the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management’s (OREM) Vision 2020 achievement are shown clockwise from left: Ken Rueter, UCOR president and CEO; Jay Mullis, OREM manager; Paul Clay, ASRC (Arctic Slope Regional Corporation) Industrial Services president; Karen Wiemelt, Jacobs senior vice president; and Mark Whitney, Amentum president.

 DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its contractor, UCOR, are celebrating reaching Vision 2020 next month. This EM 2020 priority is a historic achievement that will mark the first-ever cleanup of a uranium enrichment complex in the world.

For three weeks leading up to the celebration event, OREM and UCOR are hosting a series of virtual town halls to engage the public and raise awareness about this major cleanup accomplishment. Panelists will discuss the different aspects involved in reaching the achievement, and they will talk about what the future holds for the transformed site.

Titled Vision 2020 Conversations: Transforming an Enrichment Complex into a Community Asset, the virtual town halls provide an opportunity for local residents, state and community leaders, contractors, and employees across the EM complex to hear perspectives from members of the workforce who helped make this accomplishment possible. Participants will also be able to submit questions during these meetings.

The first session is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. In this session, panelists will delve into the work that led to the removal of 500 dilapidated, contaminated structures that spanned the footprint of 225 football fields.

The panelists, pictured above, will address the project approach, challenges that were encountered, and lessons from the site for other cleanup sites as they perform similar work.

Subsequent sessions are slated for Wednesday, Sept. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 8, both from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The second session will explore Oak Ridge’s partnership model and if it can be applied to other communities. In the third session, panelists will share ideas for the site’s future.

The three Vision 2020 Conversations will have a moderator and be hosted on Zoom, a video conferencing site. To attend one or more of the sessions, register at Registration is free, but it closes 24 hours prior to each session.