What We Do

Safely Reducing Environmental Risks

Since 2011, we have been cleaning up contaminated, unused facilities on the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR). In 2020, we became the first in the world to safely remove a gaseous diffusion plant. In addition to removing excess facilities, we maintain facilities across ORR that are waiting for disposition, and provide critical upgrades to extend the life of active, but aging, facilities.

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2021 was a big year for cleanup. Check out the video for a recap of the year! ... See MoreSee Less

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During final deactivation of the 3010 building at ORNL, crews are busy completing decontamination activities at the 21 and 27 foot depth of the empty reactor pool. Workers on the bridge are scrubbing the pool floor and walls with a special solution, provided by Environmental Alternatives, Inc., which is sprayed on for decontamination purposes. The final reactor pool cleanup will take several weeks to complete with a specially trained workforce to support this activity. #UCOR #projectpulse

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The new heavy equipment yard (HEY) has been completed and equipment is being moved from East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) and from completed Y-12 and ORNL projects. The area is located on Chestnut Ridge near the western Oak Ridge Reservation Landfills near Mt. Vernon Rd. Preparation of this approximately three acre area is another step to reducing DOE’s footprint at ETTP. The HEY will be used to stage, store, and maintain equipment that is required to support the future Environmental Management (EM) remediation and demolition efforts at ORNL and Y-12. #UCOR #projectpulse ... See MoreSee Less

The new heavy equipment yard (HEY) has been completed and equipment is being moved from East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) and from completed Y-12 and ORNL projects. The area is located on Chestnut Ridge near the western Oak Ridge Reservation Landfills near Mt. Vernon Rd. Preparation of this approximately three acre area is another step to reducing DOE’s footprint at ETTP.  The HEY will be used to stage, store, and maintain equipment that is required to support the future Environmental Management (EM) remediation and demolition efforts at ORNL and Y-12. #UCOR #projectpulse
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UCOR workers have brought another Manhattan-Project facility at Y-12 to the “cold and dark” stage. With all potential hazardous energy sources isolated at Beta-1, crews are moving forward with full-scale deactivation of the facility, which will include pumping thousands of gallons of water from the basement.

The multi-level, 210,000-square-foot Beta-1 was one of nine electromagnetic separation process facilities built for the Manhattan Project. It was decommissioned in 1947 but continued to be used for research and development by both Y-12 and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for several years. In the 1980s, Beta-1 was home to ORNL’s Large Coil Test Facility, where they tested superconducting magnets. #UCOR #projectpulse
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UCOR workers have brought another Manhattan-Project facility at Y-12 to the “cold and dark” stage. With all potential hazardous energy sources isolated at Beta-1, crews are moving forward with full-scale deactivation of the facility, which will include pumping thousands of gallons of water from the basement.

The multi-level, 210,000-square-foot Beta-1 was one of nine electromagnetic separation process facilities built for the Manhattan Project. It was decommissioned in 1947 but continued to be used for research and development by both Y-12 and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for several years. In the 1980s, Beta-1 was home to ORNL’s Large Coil Test Facility, where they tested superconducting magnets. #UCOR #projectpulse
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Safety

We Strive to Set the Standard in Safety

Safety is always the top priority at UCOR. We are a DOE Voluntary Protection Program Star site, a designation given to only the safest sites in the DOE Complex. Our award-winning safety performance has earned us many accolades.

Employee involvement is a key aspect of our safety culture. We empower our workers to stop work if they see something questionable. We also have strong worker engagement program to ensure our team members feel safe in their work environment.

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