Y-12’s core manufacturing and processing operations are housed in decades-old buildings near or past the end of their expected life spans. A modern, efficient, safer Uranium Processing Facility must be constructed to ensure the U.S. can maintain existing weapons, dismantle weapons that are removed from the stockpile, fuel the nuclear Navy, and convert material to non-weapons uses.
An integral part of Y-12’s transformation, the Uranium Processing Facility is one of two facilities at Y-12 whose joint mission will be to store and process all enriched uranium in one much smaller, centralized area.
Safety, security and flexibility are key design attributes of the facility UPF. will be built to modern standards and engage new technologies through a responsive and agile design. Upon completion, UPF will be a comprehensive uranium processing facility, appropriately sized and capable of meeting national security needs.