Fix-it-up strategy moving ahead at Y-12’s uranium hub

As noted in an earlier post, Y-12 contractor Consolidated Nuclear Security is making it a priority to fix some unreliable equipment in the 9212 uranium processing complex. It’s part of a strategy to ultimately accelerate the removal of enriched uranium from the site (by processing it into a metal form and making the transfer more friendly) and shutting down nuclear-defense production activities at the facility — parts of which are 70 years old — as soon as possible.9212

That project, which reportedly may affect mission production output in the near term because of outages to perform the maintenance, is under way, according to plant spokeswoman Ellen Boatner. There is reportedly a backlog of about 200 work orders to be accomplished at the uranium production facility.

Some details of the work aren’t available, at least not yet, but Boatner said the first outage to do maintenance at 9212 is nearing completion and a second outage is under way. “The work is being tracked to completion, system by system,” she said.

She said work outages to perform maintenance will be done throughout the entirety of Fiscal Year 2016, which concludes Sept. 30, 2016.

“The goal is to accomplish as many of those changes as possible in FY16 with the remainder to be completed as funding is available in future years,” Boatner said in an email response to questions.

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