Y-12 HEU Transfer Reaches Halfway Point

The Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee yesterday announced that it had transferred more than half of its weapon-grade uranium to a new, high-security storage facility (see GSN, Jan. 27).

The transfer has taken place under an expedited scheduled aimed at consolidating most of the site's HEU stockpile at the $549 million Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility within 90 days. The process was originally slated to take 13 months

"I have to credit the teamwork of many organizations at Y‑12 for this successful transfer,” Les Reed, a vice president for managing contractor B&W; Technical Services Y-12, said in a statement. “We prepared for this transfer with careful planning and extensive training, and the result is a safe, secure transfer that is running ahead of schedule.”

The new storage facility is expected to aid in securing the material, which is intended for use in U.S. nuclear weapons and the Navy's nuclear propulsion program. In addition, the uranium's enrichment level could be reduced to give the material additional, civilian applications (Y-12 National Security Complex release, March 1).

March 2, 2010
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The Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee yesterday announced that it had transferred more than half of its weapon-grade uranium to a new, high-security storage facility (see GSN, Jan. 27).