New Operations Base Supports Future Cleanup at Oak Ridge’s Y-12

During Oak Ridge Cleanup: View progress of workers clearing more than 21 million pounds of scrap metal from the Old Salvage Yard at the Y-12 National Security Complex. The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) finished clearing the 7-acre area for reuse in 2012. Years later, it turned out to be OREM and cleanup contractor UCOR that would reuse the area.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – An area cleaned up by the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) years ago is becoming a new base of operations for hundreds of workers who will conduct large-scale cleanup at the Y-12 National Security Complex.

The Old Salvage Yard was established in the 1970s for storing scrap metal. In 2012, OREM finished a project that removed 21 million pounds of old scrap metal and opened the 7-acre area for reuse. Years later, it turned out that OREM and contractor UCOR would be the ones to reuse it.

After Oak Ridge Cleanup: View progress of workers clearing more than 21 million pounds of scrap metal from the Old Salvage Yard at the Y-12 National Security Complex. The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) finished clearing the 7-acre area for reuse in 2012. Years later, it turned out to be OREM and cleanup contractor UCOR that would reuse the area.

UCOR had staged its operations for a massive demolition project at the footprint of the former Biology Complex. That station provided crews close proximity to the former Biology Complex. That project has since been completed, and the footprint is needed as the site of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) new Lithium Processing Facility.

The transition to a new, centralized location for OREM helps ensure other critical deactivation and demolition work can continue seamlessly at Y-12. It enhances logistics and efficiency by providing space near some of the largest upcoming demolition projects at Y-12. It also features infrastructure to support employees and field work, such as workspaces for daily briefings, superintendent offices and shower trailers.

UCOR began designing the infrastructure for a new base of operations for cleanup at the Y-12 National Security Complex last fall, and construction started earlier this year. Employees bring trailers to the new location to provide needed workspace to support cleanup crews.

“Developing this base of operations is a significant step that helps aid and enable our cleanup efforts at Y-12 for years to come,” said Brian Henry, OREM’s Y-12 portfolio federal project director.

UCOR began designing the infrastructure for the new location last fall and began construction earlier this year.

The project required close collaboration with NNSA and its management and operating contractor for Y-12, Consolidated Nuclear Security. It included a variety of moving parts from agreements to transfer the site to adding utilities and relocating trailers for offices and worker support.

“I am extremely grateful for our project team of engineers, planners, field support and our construction subcontractor who have worked tirelessly to establish our new base of operations,” said UCOR Project Manager Harrison Boyd.

The new base of operations is scheduled for completion later this summer.

Meanwhile, crews at Y-12 continue to prepare three large former uranium enrichment facilities for demolition — Alpha-2, Alpha-4 and Beta-1. The new workspace will be crucial to those ongoing efforts.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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