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Oak Ridge demolishes six-story former Y-12 biology building

The demolition is a part of the Office of Environmental Management’s cleanup phase in Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge Demolishes Biology Complex
Oak Ridge Demolishes Biology Complex(OEM)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:59 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Office of Environmental Management crews demolished a six-story building in the former biology complex of the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

Building 9207, a 255,000-square-foot building, “ushers in a new chapter of transformation at Y-12,” officials said in a release. It’s the second former biology building to be demolished this year.

“This is the most significant skyline change we’ve achieved at Y-12 as we begin our new chapter of cleanup,” Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Manager Jay Mullis said. “It highlights the transformative nature of our work, and now these experienced teams will move to other projects that address other vacant, deteriorated Manhattan Project and Cold War-era facilities at the site.”

The demolition is a part of the Office of Environmental Management’s cleanup phase in Oak Ridge. It involves addressing hundreds of contaminated and deteriorating facilities located in Oak Ridge and Y-12 that pose hazards.

The Biology Complex, which dates back to the 1940s, originally comprised of 11 buildings.

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