(DOE/UCOR Press Release) The US Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor UCOR are hosting a virtual event on February 24, free and open to the public. The hour-long event, beginning at 9:30 a.m., will highlight the ongoing transformation at the East Tennessee Technology Park and provide insight into the new economic opportunities the site offers the community to go from before.
Leaders from both organizations will share the final steps needed to complete environmental cleanup activities at the former uranium enrichment complex and return the site to private ownership – a process known as reindustrialization. The event also includes a panel discussion with partners who helped create the vision and plan for this ambitious conversion.
Future plans for the East Tennessee Technology Park include multimillion-dollar business commitments, a potential general aviation airport, expansive greenways, and numerous facilities that share the site’s rich history tied to the Manhattan Project. and the Cold War.
The public can access the meeting here, and no registration is required.
The site was originally built to support uranium enrichment operations as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project during World War II. These operations ceased in 1985, and the DOE permanently closed the site in 1987. Subsequently, the DOE began a massive environmental cleanup effort to turn the site into a mixed-use industrial park for the community. This effort involved the demolition of 500 structures, which was completed in 2020 four years ahead of schedule, saving taxpayers $500 million.
The DOE has already transferred 1,300 acres of land on the site to the community, and it recently signed an agreement with the State of Tennessee that will transfer an additional 3,500 acres for conservation and recreation. The East Tennessee Technology Park already has many private companies on site and also contains an element of a national park.