History and economy at the K-25 site


While Gov. Bill Haslam looked on Friday, workers continued the cleanup at the site of the former K-25 uranium-enrichment facility in Oak Ridge. Haslam touted the economic potential of the overall plant, now known as the East Tennessee Technology Park, but the area where the K-25 building — the world’s largest building under one roof at the time of its World War II construction — will be preserved for historical purposes with exhibits to tell the story of the nuclear operations and attract tourists. The rest of the 2,000-acre plant site, however, has potential as a major manufacturing center or other industrial uses. Now that K-25 has been demolished, the cleanup focus will be on taking down other structures — including K-31 and K-27 uranium buildings and other facilities such as the former TSCA Incinerator. (KNS photo/J. Miles Cary)

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Senior Writer Frank Munger covers the Dept. of Energy's Oak Ridge facilities and many related topics — nuclear weapons, nuclear waste and other things nuclear, environmental cleanup and science of all sorts. Atomic City Underground is, first and foremost, a news blog, but there's room for analysis, opinion and random thoughts that have no place else to go.