HEU Delivered to New Y-12 Storage Site

The Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee on Monday began transferring its stocks of highly enriched uranium to a new, high-security storage site, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported (see GSN, Jan. 26).

Workers have completed multiple relocations of nuclear material from an old storage building to the new $549 million Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility, said Darrel Kohlhorst, who oversees the Oak Ridge facility for managing contractor B&W; Technical Services Y-12. Kohlhorst did not provide details on the amount of uranium moved, but most of the transfers are expected to be complete within 90 days.

After the National Nuclear Security Administration gave the final go-ahead Friday to begin the deliveries, B&W; staffers spent the weekend ensuring that protective measures and other preparations were adequate for moving the material, Kohlhorst added.

"It's a big deal," he said (Frank Munger, Knoxville News Sentinel, Jan. 26).

January 27, 2010
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The Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee on Monday began transferring its stocks of highly enriched uranium to a new, high-security storage site, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported (see GSN, Jan. 26).