EHS Risk Management Lessons From UCOR’s ‘Manhattan Project’ Site Remediation

Published 7 June 2017 by Isabel Velasco

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Executive Summary

This report forms one in a series focused on winners of the Verdantix EHS Innovation Awards. During World War II, most of the uranium enrichment for the production of the ‘Manhattan Project’ nuclear bombs took place at the Clinton Engineer Works at Oak Ridge in Tennessee. Put under control of the US Atomic Energy Commission in 1947, the US Department of Energy contracted a joint venture between URS (now AECOM) and CH2M Hill (now CH2M) called UCOR to undertake a large-scale environmental remediation project. The $287 million environmental clean-up involves the remediation of 4.5 million square feet of contaminated land to create the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP). UCOR achieves successful EHS risk mitigation through deployment of innovative technologies including drones, RFID devices, barcodes and wearable sensors, as well as using Medgate’s software as a centralised platform for managing industrial hygiene and occupational health.

Table of contents

EHS Risk Management Lessons From UCOR’s ’Manhattan Project’ Site Remediation
UCOR Implemented A Gold Standard Risk Management Framework To Ensure Success
UCOR’s Use Of Innovative Technology Points To The Future Of Successful EHS Risk Mitigation

Organisations mentioned

AECOM, Bechtel, CH2M, Cyberhawk, Department of Energy, GKD Technik, Human Condition Safety, Jaguar Land Rover, Medgate, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), SiteZone, Sylogi, Tennesse Department of Environment and Conservation, UCOR, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

About the author

Isabel Velasco


Isabel is an Analyst in the Verdantix EHS Innovative Technologies practice group, including research on all applications of EHS Software, and digital technologies used for EHS services delivery and EHS training. Her current agenda is focused on the market evolution of EHS services digitization, as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Isabel has been with Verdantix for more than a year, and previously worked within the sustainability function of GlaxoSmithKline. Isabel holds an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh.

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