OREM is preparing the next wave of buildings for demolition at the Y-12 National Security Complex as part of a new chapter of cleanup in Oak Ridge. Crews are deactivating three contaminated facilities at Y-12 after transitioning them to a “cold and dark” status in which all potential hazardous energy sources are isolated — a crucial step before full-scale deactivation. The massive cleanup at Y-12 is happening simultaneously with other cleanup projects underway at ORNL, where crews are addressing 16 inactive research reactor and isotope facilities.
The land passersby see cleared in west Oak Ridge near the Oak Ridge Turnpike will soon host a training center for first responders, including those responding to nuclear emergencies.
The Analytical Chemistry Organization at Y-12 recently received good news from Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory that ACO completed the annual laboratory requalification to continue supporting nuclear Navy reactors through June 30, 2022.
Watch this video on EM’s contributions to DOE’s $7.2 billion impact on Tennessee’s economy each year. “Having DOE spending $7.2 billion dollars annually is an impressive number,” Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Manager Jay Mullis says in the video.
It once housed one of the tallest, most visible buildings at East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), but now the site of the former Centrifuge Complex is cleared and ready for industrial development. The complex was one of the final collections of buildings to be demolished last year as workers completed the first-ever cleanup of a former uranium enrichment complex.