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May 14, 2026 Oak Ridge Completes First Phase of New Disposal Facility Project

April 30, 2024 Crews Finish Cleanup of Oak Ridge National Lab Reactor Demolition Site

April 15, 2024 EM Crews Complete Repairs on Oak Ridge’s Tallest Stack

April 2, 2024 Oak Ridge Upgrades Ensure Reliable Waste Treatment Operations

March 26, 2024 Historic Labor Pact Boosts Pay, Benefits to Oak Ridge Workers

March 12, 2024 Oak Ridge Disposal Facility Enters Next Phase of Construction

March 5, 2024 Oak Ridge Readies for Next Demolition Project at ORNL

February 27, 2024 Hybrid Excavators and More: Oak Ridge’s Ambitious Pursuits in Sustainability

February 6, 2024 Oak Ridge Transfers Largest Land Parcel Yet at East Tennessee Technology Park

January 30, 2024 Preparation Helps Oak Ridge Avert Issues in Worst Snowstorm in Over 30 Years

January 23, 2024 Oak Ridge Moves Facility Closer to Teardown After Deactivation Milestone


December 12, 2023 Expanding University, College Partnerships Pays Dividends for Oak Ridge

December 5, 2023 Oak Ridge Hosts Pilot Safety Culture Program

November 14, 2023 Oak Ridge Completes Landfill Expansion Ahead of Schedule

November 7, 2023 Oak Ridge Crews Prep Reactor Facility for Demolition at ORNL

October 17, 2023 Oak Ridge’s Partnership with College Fills Critical Cleanup Roles

October 3, 2023  Crews Clear Water From Oak Ridge Building Set for Demolition

September 26, 2023 Oak Ridge Demolishes Second Reactor at Lab, Delivering EM Priority

September 5, 2023 Oak Ridge Internship Program Helps Build Future Workforce

August 15, 2023 EM Readies Y-12 Facility for Teardown at Oak Ridge

August 8, 2023 Oak Ridge Breaks Ground for Crucial Infrastructure, Achieving EM Priority

July 18, 2023  Oak Ridge Kicks Off Landfill Expansion Project

July 11, 2023  New Operations Base Supports Future Cleanup at Oak Ridge’s Y-12

June 27, 2023 Summer Interns Bring Unique Perspectives to Oak Ridge Cleanup

June 20, 2023 Oak Ridge Removes Radioactive Source After ‘Needle in Haystack’ Search

May 30, 2023 Oak Ridge Contractor Takes Next Step in Safety and Wellness Programming

May 9, 2023 Oak Ridge Makes Former Reactor Safer as It Awaits Demolition

May 2, 2023 Oak Ridge Focuses on Groundwater in End Game of ETTP Cleanup

April 25, 2023 Oak Ridge Leans Up Creek Bank at East Tennessee Technology Park

April 11, 2023 ‘No Fear of Heights is a Good Quality’: Oak Ridge Inspects Towering Stack

April 4, 2023 Community College Helps Oak Ridge Build Pipeline of Qualified Workers

April 4, 2023  EM Knockdown: Another Reactor Coming Down at Oak Ridge

March 28, 2023 Oak Ridge Team Makes Headway on Mercury Treatment Facility

March 21, 2023  An Oak Ridge First: Crews Access Cleanup Area From Barge

March 14, 2023  Electric Vehicles, Solar Arrays Drive Sustainability at Oak Ridge

February 14, 2023  Oak Ridge Transports First Waste Shipment to WIPP Under New Contract

February 7, 2023  Oak Ridge Contractor Expands Employee Health Clinic and Services

January 24, 2023 Oak Ridge Completes Critical Upgrades to Waste Treatment Infrastructure

January 17, 2023 Oak Ridge Prevents Infrastructure Failures Due to Extreme Cold


December 6, 2022 Oak Ridge Boosts University Partnerships to Grow Workforce

November 8, 2022 Oak Ridge Crews Demolish First Reactor in ORNL’s Central Campus

November 1, 2022 Oak Ridge’s UCOR Takes Lead to Finish Transuranic Waste Processing

October 4, 2022 Oak Ridge Successfully Demolishes Former Criticality Experiment Lab

September 20, 2022 Oak Ridge Crews Begin Deactivating Massive Facility at Y-12

September 13, 2022 EM Launches Reactor Demolition, Marking First at Oak Ridge

September 6, 2022 Oak Ridge Contractor Hosts Largest, Most Diverse College Intern Class Yet

August 30, 2022 Oak Ridge Contractor Captures ‘Top Workplaces’ Award, Other Honors

August 2, 2022  Soil Remediation Brings Oak Ridge Closer to Completion at ETTP

July 12, 2022 Crews Preparing Former Reactors for Demolition at Oak Ridge National Lab

July 5, 2022 Oak Ridge Waste Disposal Facility Marks 20 Years of Safe, Successful Operation

June 28, 2022 Oak Ridge Contractor Ramps Up Internship Opportunities

May 31, 2022 Oak Ridge Crews Begin Tearing Down Next High-Risk Y-12 Building

May 17, 2022  Oak Ridge Contractor Boosts Grants for Region’s STEM Education

May 10, 2022 EM Transfers Unneeded Electrical Equipment to City of Oak Ridge for Reuse

April 19, 2020 Oak Ridge Continues Progress Eliminating Risks at Y-12

April 12, 2022  Oak Ridge Contractor Employees Recruit Prospective Graduates for EM’s Cleanup

March 22, 2022  Oak Ridge’s UCOR Earns 98% of Fee for 7 Months of 2021

March 8, 2022  Diverse Employee Skills Ensure Oak Ridge Facilities Remain Safe, Stable

March 1, 2022  Oak Ridge Closes in on ETTP Vision Formed Decades Ago

February 22, 2022  Deactivation Paves Way for Major Skyline Changes in Oak Ridge

February 15, 2022  Crews Employ Novel Strategies in Cleanup of High-Risk Structure at ORNL

February 8, 2022  Oak Ridge, Army Corps to Offer New Perspective on K-25 With Viewing Platform

February 1, 2022  Oak Ridge Reactor Upgrades Enhance Safety, Save Taxpayer Dollars


December 7, 2021  Building Deactivation Progress Paves Way for Demolition at Y-12

November 23, 2021 Oak Ridge, HBCUs Expand Partnerships to Build Future Workforce

November 16, 2021 Oak Ridge Recognizes Small Businesses Key to 2021 Cleanup Success

November 2, 2021  Oak Ridge Upgrades Waste Shipment Tracking System

October 19, 2021  EM Deactivates COLEX Equipment, Advances Mercury Cleanup at Y-12

October 12, 2021  Oak Ridge Prepares for Removal of Final Hot Cell at Former Lab

October 5, 2021  Former Intern’s Passion for Environmental Justice Now Her Full-Time Focus

September 28, 2021  Crews Deactivating 23 Buildings in Oak Ridge’s New Cleanup Chapter

September 21, 2021  Oak Ridge Contractor Teams With Skilled Labor to Build Workforce

September 14, 2021  Oak Ridge Prepares Next Batch of Buildings for Demolition

September 7, 2021 Oak Ridge Site is Ready for Reuse After Crews Remove 5-Acre Slab

August 31, 2021  Oak Ridge Replaces Piping to Ensure Reliable Waste Treatment Operations

August 24, 2021  ETTP Transformation Integral to Oak Ridge’s $7.2 Billion Boost to Economy

August 17, 2021  Crews Clean Up Reactor Pool to Prepare for Facility Demolition at ORNL

August 10, 2021  Association Honors EM Contractors for Achievements in Safety, Health

July 20, 2021   Upgraded Infrastructure Critical to Oak Ridge Cleanup, Research Missions

July 6, 2021   Oak Ridge’s Skilled Labor Advances Important Upgrade Project

June 29, 2021  Oak Ridge Primes Powerhouse Site for Future Recreational Use

June 22, 2021  Training Program Boosts Workforce Readiness in Oak Ridge

June 15, 2021  Oak Ridge Contractor Hosts Mentorship for Environmental Scholars Interns

June 8, 2021  Oak Ridge Demolishes Biology Complex, Achieving EM 2021 Priority

June 1, 2021  Demolition Preparations Progress at Alpha-4 in Oak Ridge

May 25, 2021  Oak Ridge Prepares Experimental Reactor for Deactivation, Demolition

May 11, 2021  Oak Ridge Contractor Awards $30,000 in Grants to 30 Area Schools

May 4, 2021  Oak Ridge Hosts Diversity Summit for Small Businesses

April 27, 2021  Oak Ridge Knocks Down Another Hot Cell, Advancing Project Toward Completion

April 20, 2021  Oak Ridge Upgrades Wastewater Treatment Facility Critical to Cleanup

March 30, 2021  Oak Ridge Contractor Expands STEM Investment to Develop Workforce

March 23, 2021  Final Biology Complex Facility Coming Down at Oak Ridge

March 9, 2021  Oak Ridge Enters Homestretch of ETTP Cleanup, Transformation

March 2, 2021  New Oak Ridge Regulatory Partnership Achieves Results in First Year

February 23, 2021  Demolition of Former Radioisotope Development Lab Underway at Oak Ridge

February 16, 2021  Oak Ridge Contractor Highlights Initiatives to Attract Next-Generation Workforce

February 9, 2021  Oak Ridge Moves Closer to Clearing Away Biology Complex

January 26, 2021  Oak Ridge Workers’ Innovation Leads to Savings Across DOE Programs

January 19, 2021  University Students Collaborate With Oak Ridge on Cleanup Tools

January 12, 2021  Oak Ridge on Pace for Another Big Year in 2021


December 22, 2020  Oak Ridge’s UCOR Earns 98% of Fee for Second Half of Fiscal 2020

December 22, 2020  2020 a Year of Completions and Beginnings at Oak Ridge

November 24, 2020  Reuse of Cleanup Equipment in Oak Ridge Saves Millions

November 17, 2020  Oak Ridge Launches Demolition Project at Former Biology Complex

November 17, 2020  Oak Ridge Wins Government Team Project of the Year

November 10, 2020  Oak Ridge’s New Technologies Ensure Vehicle Safety

November 3, 2020  Team Conducts Vital Five-Year Review of Cleanup Measures in Oak Ridge

October 27, 2020  EM Prepping Experimental Cold War Reactor for Deactivation in Oak Ridge

October 20, 2020  Oak Ridge, UCOR are Finalists for Government Team Award

October 13, 2020  Workers Achieve Historic Cleanup of Uranium Enrichment Complex

October 13, 2020  Built in Secret, K-25 Site Would Serve Country for Decades

October 13, 2020  East Tennessee Technology Park Transformation Becomes a Reality

October 13, 2020  Workers Draw From ETTP Experience at Other Oak Ridge Sites

October 13, 2020  Innovation Accelerates Cleanup, Reduces Cost, Enhances Safety

October 13, 2020  Generations of Workers Supported Defense Mission, Cleanup

October 13, 2020  Advisory Board Marks 25 Years of Critical Input to Oak Ridge Cleanup

October 6, 2020  Workers Complete Final Demolition Project at Oak Ridge ETTP

October 6, 2020  Oak Ridge Clears Stored Waste in Advance of ETTP Cleanup Completion

September 22, 2020  Oak Ridge to Host Virtual Town Halls Celebrating Vision 2020

September 15, 2020  Crews Complete Key Step in Oak Ridge Biology Complex Deactivation

September 1, 2020  Oak Ridge Continues Tradition of Recognizing Top-Performing Small Businesses

August 18, 2020  Experienced Oak Ridge Workforce Transitions to ORNL Cleanup

August 11, 2020  EM Advances Next Major Cleanup Phase in Oak Ridge

August 4, 2020  Crews Finish Takedown of Centrifuge Complex in Oak Ridge

July 28, 2020  Demolition Underway on Final Building at ETTP in Oak Ridge

July 21, 2020  Oak Ridge Completes Major Soil Remediation Project at K-25 Footprints

July 14, 2020  EM Prepares for Demolition in Heart of ORNL

July 7, 2020  Crews Remove Basin as Oak Ridge Heads Toward ETTP Cleanup Completion

June 30, 2020  Last Major ETTP Facility Ready for Demolition at Oak Ridge

June 30, 2020  Oak Ridge’s UCOR Earns 94 Percent of Available Fee for First Half of Fiscal 2020

June 23, 2020  Oak Ridge Workers Successfully Bring Down ETTP’s Tallest Building

June 16, 2020  Oak Ridge Marks Another Teardown on Path to Vision 2020

June 9, 2020  Workers Resume Demolition on Oak Ridge’s Centrifuge Complex

June 9, 2020  EM Marks Accomplishments Across Complex During Essential Mission-Critical Period

Note: The newsletter was suspended after the March 17, 2020 issue due to organizations moving into limited operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The newsletter resumed with the June 9, 2020 issue.

March 10, 2020  Oak Ridge Modernizes Critical Wastewater Treatment System

March 10, 2020  Hundreds of Families Attend Oak Ridge STEM Event

February 25, 2020  Oak Ridge Makes Progress Demolishing Largest Remaining ETTP Complex

February 11, 2020  Oak Ridge Begins Takedown of Last Standing ETTP Lab Facility

January 14, 2020  Removing Building Slabs is Key to Transforming Oak Ridge Site

January 7, 2020  Oak Ridge’s UCOR Earns 97 Percent of Fee for Fiscal 2019’s Second Half

January 7, 2020  Oak Ridge Set to Make History in 2020


December 17, 2019  Oak Ridge Begins Deactivating Last ETTP Facility Set for Demolition

December 10, 2019  Basin Demolition Underway as Oak Ridge Heads Toward ETTP Cleanup Completion

December 10, 2019  Oak Ridge Contractor Named One of America’s Safest Companies

November 19, 2019  Academia, Industry Draw From Oak Ridge Expertise for Future Reactor Designs

November 12, 2019  EM Addresses Risks at ORNL Facilities, Preparing for Next Cleanup Phase

November 5, 2019  Biology Complex Deactivation Advances in Oak Ridge

October 29, 2019  Demolition Begins on Oak Ridge’s Sprawling Centrifuge Complex

October 22, 2019  Cleanup, Restoration Alter Oak Ridge Landscape

October 8, 2019  EM Contractors Recognized for Safety Excellence

September 24, 2019  Demolitions Continue to Transform Landscape in Oak Ridge

September 17, 2019  Panelists Spotlight Cleanup Successes Across EM Complex

September 10, 2019  Demolitions Lead Oak Ridge to Close Another Chapter at ETTP

September 3, 2019  More Than 10,000 Samples Guide Cleanup at Oak Ridge’s ETTP

August 27, 2019  Small Businesses Take Part in Oak Ridge Diversity Summit

August 20, 2019  EM’s Ike White Recognizes Small Businesses During Oak Ridge Visit

August 13, 2019  Oak Ridge Moves Closer to Vision 2020 as Crews Kick Off Another Demolition

July 23, 2019  Oak Ridge Contractor Develops Next Generation of Cleanup Workers

July 9, 2019  Oak Ridge Early Career Professional Leads Reactor Closeout Project

July 9, 2019  Green Electronics Council Awards EM Sites, Contractors for Sustainable Purchases

June 18, 2019  Crews Demolish Largest Standing Structure at Oak Ridge’s ETTP

June 18, 2019  Oak Ridge’s UCOR Earns 95 Percent of Fee for First Half of Fiscal 2019

June 11, 2019  Oak Ridge Workers Recover Mercury, Prevent Future Release

June 4, 2019  Oak Ridge Transforming Former Uranium Enrichment Area for Development

May 28, 2019  Oak Ridge Contractor Awards STEM Grants to Local Schools

May 21, 2019  Demolition Underway on Oak Ridge’s Final Gaseous Diffusion Facilities

May 14, 2019  Oak Ridge EM Integral to Tennessee’s Growing Safety Fest

May 7, 2019  Oak Ridge Site Helps Establish First Nuclear Cleanup Minor Degree in U.S.

April 30, 2019  Oak Ridge Workers Prepare Centrifuge Complex for Demolition

April 16, 2019  EM’s Vision for Oak Ridge’s East Tennessee Technology Park is Being Realized

March 26, 2019  Safety Training Prepares New Generation of Workers in Oak Ridge

March 19, 2019  ETTP’s Longest Operating Facility Demolished in Oak Ridge

February 12, 2019  Demolition of ETTP’s Largest Remaining Structure Begins at Oak Ridge

February 12, 2019  National Safety Council Honors Oak Ridge Contractor CEO

January 29, 2019  Removal of Portals Another Step in Progress at Oak Ridge ETTP

January 22, 2019  Oak Ridge Crews to Enhance Safety, Reduce Cost at Former Reactor

January 8, 2019  Oak Ridge Employee Achieves Highest Engineering Honor

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