We are cleaning up contaminated, unused facilities on the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR). In addition to removing excess facilities, we maintain facilities across ORR that are waiting for disposition. We also provide critical upgrades to extend the life of active, but aging, facilities. This continues the same work done by the former UCOR from 2011 to 2022.
EM crews at Oak Ridge have cleared another excess, contaminated facility, opening land for reuse at the Y-12 National Security Complex. They successfully completed the demolition of the former Criticality Experiment Laboratory after working this past summer to bring down the dilapidated 1940s-era facility, also known as Building 9213.
EM crews are taking the first steps to bring the massive Alpha-4 facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12) to the cold-and-dark stage, a process in which they remove all utility sources to the building as a precursor to demolition. This project moves EM closer to addressing one of the largest high-risk buildings at the site. It also marks the third former enrichment facility at Y-12 where EM has initiated deactivation work.
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.