OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – With the latest round of community investment grants, Consolidated Nuclear Security topped $800,000 of investment in the East Tennessee community over the last five years. The CNS Community Investment Fund, created in 2014, is funded by CNS and is managed by the East Tennessee Foundation, which serves 25 East Tennessee counties. The CNS Employee Investment Advisory Committee at Y‑12 is a group of employees who serve two-year terms and recommend the distribution of funds. The committee allows employees to determine where corporate dollars are invested in their communities.
Completion of Electrical Projects at Y-12 Advances NNSA’s Critical Enriched Uranium Production Mission
NNSA's Office of Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations took a significant step in advancing the Nation’s Enriched Uranium Strategy with its completion of the Nuclear Facilities Electrical Modernization (NFEM) portfolio. NFEM illustrates the type of foundational recapitalization work that is required for our aging infrastructure to continue meeting the Nuclear Security Enterprise’s vital national security missions.
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.
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.