How Safe is the Oak Ridge Reservation?
The Department of Energy (DOE) places its highest importance on the safety of our employees and the public while protecting the environment. Our missions are complex. They include cutting-edge science, national security, environmental cleanup, and the next generation of nuclear energy technology.
Our employees perform this work at three major sites spread across Anderson and Roane counties, including the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12), and the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP)/Heritage Center.Each site is unique. Some of our operations involve handling radioactive and hazardous materials while others involve tearing down old industrial facilities that are no longer needed. Whatever the task, we diligently strive to understand the hazards involved and take the proper precautions to protect our workers and the public.
The risk of a major emergency, however, is very low. That’s because of extensive environment, safety and health programs in place at our facilities to protect the health and safety of employees and the public. That means that DOE, its contractors, and state and local governments are trained to respond to ensure public safety and protection of the environment if something happens.
The sections on this web site highlight actions you should take in the event of an emergency along with background information on our facilities. Preparing makes sense, so take a moment to become familiar with what you will need to do if an emergency occurs on the Oak Ridge Reservation.