Y-12’s semi-secret project

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In a couple of memos over the past couple of years, including one dated Jan. 9, staff of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Board have mentioned the Special Material Capability Project at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant.

Federal and contractor officials at the Oak Ridge plant have been mum on details of the project, at least publicly, refusing to address what work will take place at the facility or what “special material” will be handled there.

Last month’s safety board report notes that project construction is about 80 percent complete and includes installation of major machines, including “a new negative-pressure glovebox in a Y-12 facility that provides additional worker protection.”



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