Gov. Haslam tours K-25 redevelopment site

Gov. Haslam tours K-25 redevelopment site

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K-25 was built in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project. In the last several years, the land has been reindustrialized for private developments. K-25 was built in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project. In the last several years, the land has been reindustrialized for private developments.
Gov. Haslam was at the site Friday promoting the project. With cleanup, the governor says the goal is to attract high tech companies to East Tennessee. Gov. Haslam was at the site Friday promoting the project. With cleanup, the governor says the goal is to attract high tech companies to East Tennessee.

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - Gov. Bill Haslam visited Oak Ridge Friday as cleanup continues as part of a major reindustrialization project.

K-25 was built in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project. In the last several years, the land has been reindustrialized for private developments.

Gov. Haslam was at the site Friday promoting the project. With cleanup, the governor says the goal is to attract high tech companies to East Tennessee.

Oak Ridge Fire Chief Darryl Kerley said he's seen impressive changes to the land in the past few years in an area rich with history.

"There's a great sense of pride here, because the folks who worked here. They're as much veterans as the men and women that fought over seas. many of them worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week to save this nation and to create the atomic bomb," said Kerley.

The area encompasses roughly 2,500 acres. Officials say 700 acres have already been leased to companies.

According to the Department of Energy $45 million will be saved through utility and infrastructure transfers.

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