Sniffing around 9731

y9731I’ve been trying for a while to get an update on what’s happening around Building 9731, the oldest building at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant (once a pilot facility for uranium-enrichment operations during the WWII Manhattan Project), and the subject of multiple complaints earlier this year before of “airborne irritants” that affected some employees there or in the vicinity. At one point, those irritants were affecting not only those inside the building, but some employees who walked outside it — prompting officials to cordon off a sidewalk. A Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board report indicated some lithium hydroxide was being processed there.

Here’s the latest response to questions from NNSA spokesman Steven Wyatt:

“Operations continue in 9731, and there have been no further reports of throat irritation. The sidewalk on one side of the building remains cordoned off, but there are other pathways for use. There have been a limited number of tours inside 9731 since the beginning of the year.”

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