NNSA says it will address uranium shipping error in Y-12 contractor’s annual evaluation

y12overviewAsked if the National Nuclear Security Administration or DOE had taken any punitive action against Consolidated Nuclear Security — the government’s managing contractor at Y-12 — for the July shipping error, NNSA Production Office spokesman Steven Wyatt provided this response:

“All aspects of CNS’s performance will be reflected in the annual performance evaluation. The shipping issue will be addressed through that process.”

So far, the U.S. Department of Transportation has fined the Y-12 contractor $33,620 for the shipment of highly enriched uranium that was 10 times more than intended and violated DOT regulations.

There has been no confirmation regarding other investigations of the incident. Asked if DOE’s Office of Enforcement is investigating the issues, Wyatt said, “We cannot comment for the Office of Enforcement.”

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