Storm drain mishap delayed some UPF activities

622314-001A late-January incident that destroyed a storm drain at the Y-12 site being prepared for construction of the Uranium Processing Facility delayed some work for more than a month, a federal spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

The work was being performed by Emerald/A&H Joint Venture under a subcontract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is supervising the site prep under an agreement with the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Steven Wyatt, a spokesman in the NNSA’s Production Office at Y-12, said the costs associated with reconnecting the drainage pipe at the site were absorbed by the contractor. “Therefore, there was no cost to the U.S. government,” Wyatt said via email.

Asked about the suspension of work at the site, Wyatt said, “The work was suspended in the immediate area of the initial interference during the period of Feb. 7-March 18.”

The 36-inch storm drain was reconnected on March 18, resolving the issue, Wyatt said, but a number of concerns were raised by the events.

The Corps of Engineers did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the incident.

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