Y-12’s Secret City tours scaled back

y12overviewThe plans for public tours of Y-12 during the Secret City Festival have been scaled back. Originally, there was a plan for visitors to take a bus ride up to the Chestnut Ridge overlook and also visit Alpha-3, one of the facilities used for enriching uranium during the WWII Manhattan Project.

Now, however, the June 12 tours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will be confined to the Y-12 History Center inside the New Hope Center near the plant’s entrance.

The change in plans apparently is related to the recent security clampdown at the Oak Ridge plant. Y-12 Historian Ray Smith confirmed the change in tour plans, but he said he couldn’t comment on reasons for the change.

There are now public bus tours available on a daily basis (five days a week) that originate at the American Museum of Science and Energy. Those tours also include a stop at the Y-12 History Center. U.S. citizenship is required for those tours, which also include stops at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the East Tennessee Technology Park (former home of the K-25 uranium-enrichment plant).

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