Y-12’s Building 9206 hasn’t operated in more than 20 years, but the former uranium processing facility still has fissile materials in its old systems — and that’s a continuing concern because of criticality safety issues.
Asked for an update, Y-12 spokeswoman Ellen Boatner said maintenance and surveillance is being performed at Building 9206, with “activities involving material removal” taking place on a daily basis. She declined comment on how much highly enriched uranium has been removed from the building and how much remains there.
“I can’t discuss that subject,” Boatner said via email.
The building, reportedly one of the nuclear weapons plant’s higher-risk areas, is located inside the Protected Area.
“A deactivation plan for Building 9206 has been completed, and some initial deactivation activities have been schedules,” Boatner said in an email response to questions. Funds are being sought for Fiscal Year 2016 to improve the stability of the building by repairing and/or replacing the roof, she said.
As more money becomes available, priorities will be established to make sure high-risk issues are addressed first, Boatner said.
Ultimately, the building will be demolished, she said, but there is no specific timetable.
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