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What We Do

Since 2011, UCOR has served as DOE’s prime contractor for environmental cleanup at East Tennessee Technology Park—the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant—and select other sites on the Oak Ridge Reservation. With major cleanup activities completed at ETTP, UCOR’s work has now expanded to major cleanup activities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex. As a DOE Voluntary Protection Star site—the highest safety designation for a DOE site—we make safety a prerequisite to all that we do.

Cleaning up the Oak Ridge Reservation

Cleanup missions on the Oak Ridge Reservation focus on protection of people and the environment and enabling current and future science and national security programs. We achieve these goals by reducing risks and eliminating hazards.

Specific Tasks

Our work scope on the ORR includes demolition, remediation, and operational support.

Demolition

Utility Isolations (also known as Cold and Dark)

Disconnecting the building or structure from all utility sources
(e.g., electricity, water, gas, alarms)

Deactivation

Identifying hazards (e.g., structural deterioration, contamination)

Removing hazardous and radioactive materials, equipment, piping, universal waste
(e.g., light bulbs, batteries, circuit boards), asbestos, and other items prior to demolition

Demolition

Destruction and removal of physical facilities and structures, usually accomplished with heavy and/or high-reach equipment

Waste Management & Disposal

Packaging, loading, shipment, and disposal of all waste (e.g., equipment, construction debris, soil), resulting from deactivation, demolition, and remediation activities

Remediation

Identifying the extent of contamination of soil, groundwater, sediment, or surface water around the demolition area through sampling (characterization) and removing those contaminants through excavation or treatment (remedial actions)

Operational Support Tasks

Nuclear Operations

Ensuring 24/7 operations of the Liquid & Gaseous Waste Operations (LGWO) facility, which treats contaminated waste from cleanup activities and mission-critical science programs

Surveillance and Maintenance

Providing surveillance and maintenance services for nuclear facilities awaiting demolition, including periodic inspections and maintenance of structures, systems, and equipment to ensure hazards are contained.
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