NNSA Authorizes Resumption of Nuclear Operations at Y‑12

Posted: August 15, 2012 - 3:35pm

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has authorized the resumption of nuclear operations at the Y‑12 National Security Complex. Operations resume Wednesday, August 15.

B&W Y‑12, which operates Y‑12 for NNSA, will commence nuclear operations under additional and enhanced federal oversight of contractor operations. The authorization to resume operations was made possible through the completion of numerous improvements in security at Y‑12 and completion of security training.

B&W Y‑12 ordered a temporary security stand down on August 1 as a result of the internal review of Y‑12 security operations, which followed the July 28 security incident. During the security stand down, all special nuclear materials at Y‑12 were moved to vault-type facilities onsite. NNSA fully supported this action by the contractor.

Since August 1, all personnel onsite at Y‑12 have undergone additional security training to ensure compliance with all site rules. Additional tactical and security related training has continued for members of the Y‑12 Proforce during this period. The WSI-OR contract is now a subcontract under B&W Y‑12. This action was taken to strengthen the chain of command, to reduce layers of management, and to improve the span of control between contractor management and members of the Y‑12 Proforce.

Additional reviews of security operations are either underway or scheduled to begin this month.

Y‑12 is a key facility in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise and is responsible for uranium storage, processing and manufacturing operations.

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