Planning milestone for new EOC at Y-12

y12overviewAccording to a newly released report by staff of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, the National Nuclear Security Administration approved Critical Decision-1 for the planned new Emergency Operations Center at the Y-12 National Security Complex.

“The new facility will replace Y-12’s Plant Shift Superintendent’s Office, Technical Support Center and the Fire Department alarm room,” the March 4 weekly activity report said.

The report reiterated that the new EOC will not replace the current one, which is located several miles away at the East Tennessee Technology Park.

“The emergency response capabilities that will be relocated into the new facility are currently housed in facilities that were built in the mid-1940s and do not meet modern DOE requirements for seismic performance and habitabililty,” the report stated.

The report also said the preliminary project execution plan indicates that the new EOC — due to be operational in early 2021 — will be “designed to current code requirements for facilities with emergency response capabilities.”

CD-1 is approval of the selection of alternatives and the cost range.

Consolidated Nuclear Security, the government’s managing contractor at Y-12, earlier solicited expressions of interest from firm wanting to design the EOC, and CNS later acknowledged that it received interest from 12 companies.

There is no indication when a request for proposals or other solicitation will be issued.

According to budget documents for FY 2017, the planned EOC nas a cost range of $20.4 million to $33.6 million.

NNSA declined to comment on the CD-1 milestone.

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