One of the year’s largest emergency exercises in Oak Ridge took place this morning at the East Tennessee Technology Park — former site of the K-25 uranium-enrichment complex — with about 200 people participating.
The scenario for the five-hour drill was a large-scale response to a tornado, which damaged several buildings at the site and caused a fire involving hazardous waste containers.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Office and its cleanup contractor, URS-CH2M Oak Ridge, staged the event, with participation from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and other response units.
According to DOE spokesman Ben Williams, ETTP hosts a full-participation exercise every three years, with the agency’s other big facilities — Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex — hold them in alternate years.
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