- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - Federal overseers have given preliminary approval for a new uranium purification facility at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, with a price range between $58.6 million and $76.7 million.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1jlDmjQ ) reports that, according to newly released information by staff of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, the “electrorefining” project is scheduled to come online in the summer of 2021. The project is supposed to replace a similar capability in the plant’s 70-year-old 9212 uranium complex, which the government wants to vacate as soon as possible.

The electrorefining technology will be used to purify uranium metal, which is an essential part of the enriched uranium operations at the nuclear weapons plant. The work will be done in a building inside Y-12’s high-security Protected Area.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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