Frank G. Klotz, the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, apparently isn’t a superstitious guy. He’s scheduled to visit the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant on March 13 (Friday the 13th) as part of ceremonies recognizing an early milestone on the multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility.
Klotz, a retired Air Force lieutenant general who formerly served as commander of the Global Strike Command, will reportedly be joined by other leaders of the NNSA as well as U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and other dignitaries.
The event will mark completion of some site-preparation activities for the UPF, which reportedly were accomplished at $10 million under budget. Bob Raines, an associate administrator of the NNSA, last week said the savings on the first piece of work gives the UPF some “headroom” and momentum moving forward.
Steven Wyatt, a federal spokesman who confirmed Klotz’s visit, said the site-readiness work included construction of a new haul road, a bypass along Bear Creek Road and some civil engineering work to prepare for construction of UPF on Y-12’s west end.
The Y-12 event is also expected to celebrate the recent completion of the Nuclear Facilities Risks Reduction project, a six-year effort that was completed well ahead of schedule and reportedly cost $5.6 million less than expected.
Credit: NNSA photo
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