An AECOM-led joint venture with CH2M, commonly known as UCOR, has been authorized by the US Department of Energy to perform optional work within an existing contract to continue cleanup of Tennessee’s Oak Ridge Reservation.
Since beginning work in August 2011, UCOR’s mission has been to remove environmental hazards and millions of square feet of legacy facilities from the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, now called East Tennessee Technology Park, and repurpose the land and buildings for use by new job-creating, commercial ventures. The joint venture is also responsible for cleanup work at other DOE Oak Ridge Reservation sites, surveillance and maintenance of select reservation facilities slated for demolition, and disposal of wastes.
The expanded scope calls for UCOR to continue cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park while performing ongoing environmental-management missions, such as facility surveillance and maintenance and various waste management operations at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex. During this phase, UCOR will support the construction of commemorative facilities as part of the National Historic Preservation Project.
The Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant — originally known as the K-25 Site — began operations during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project. The wartime mission was to produce enriched uranium for use in atomic weapons. The plant also produced uranium for the commercial nuclear power industry from 1945 until 1985.
CH2M and AECOM are the top two US environmental consulting and engineering firms based on revenue, according to the Environmental Business Journal’s annual review.