Crews are getting ready to deactivate the final hot cell of the former Radioisotope Development Laboratory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in advance of demolishing the structure. “Removing the remnants of the former Radioisotope Isotope Laboratory has been a priority for several years,” ORNL Portfolio Federal Project Director Nathan Felosi said.
Fresh from a unique internship at Oak Ridge this past summer, Sierra Generette began a new full-time position this week serving as EM cleanup contractor UCOR’s lead on environmental justice matters. Environmental justice refers to the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of everyone, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, when it comes to development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.
EM workers are in various stages of deactivation and demolition preparation inside 23 facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12), including former research reactors, uranium processing facilities, isotope and fission development laboratories, and support buildings.
Recruiting the next generation of organized labor in the skilled trades is vital to EM’s important mission. Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR continues working with labor organizations to address a shortage of skilled workers needed to perform cleanup projects in Oak Ridge.
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has named UCOR’s Clint Wolfley to receive the organization’s 2021 Safety Trained Supervisor-Construction® (STSC®) Award of Excellence. BCSP is a non-profit organization that has certified more than 100,000 safety professionals during its 50+ year history.