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Y-12 Uranium Work Relocation May Not Occur Before 2025

The planned replacement facility for a decades-old highly enriched uranium processing complex at the Y-12 nuclear weapons site might not begin operating until 2025, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Tuesday.

Under Phase 1 of the plan to build the Uranium Processing Facility in Tennessee, the work of the aging 9212 complex could be shifted to the brand new plant in a dozen years, according to the Energy Department's fiscal 2014 report to Congress. Earlier projections anticipated that the first phase could be complete by 2020 or 2023.

The second and third phases of the plan, which would see the relocation of activities presently carried out at the 9215 and 9204-2E facilities, would not be finished before 2038, according to the working time line for the National Nuclear Security Administration's Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan.


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