An aging EM-managed system designed to treat liquid and gaseous waste streams from EM operations and ORNL research and operating facilities is undergoing extensive upgrades designed to extend its life and ensure continuing support of ongoing missions.
EM crews were recently at work upgrading the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE) facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) when they encountered an unexpected challenge: they couldn’t obtain critical vendor services and parts needed for the project.
Once home to a massive power plant and oil tanks, the former Powerhouse Area at the East Tennessee Technology Park is now a clean, grassy field primed for future recreational use. OREM and cleanup contractor UCOR recently backfilled and contoured a 21-acre section of the area previously used as a scrapyard.
Michelle Keever, a UCOR Senior Safety and Health Programs Specialist, has been appointed to serve on the national Board of Directors of the Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association (VPPPA). As a member of the board, Keever will serve as the DOE-VPP (Department of Energy Voluntary Protection Program) representative and provide support and guidance to safety and health professionals at more than 2,200 Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) worksites.
EM Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR is ensuring employees are trained to advance cleanup. Most recently, the contractor administered training to workers who will provide radiation protection support to numerous projects in the field.