How CSMO Works

The process to send unirradiated scrap enriched uranium begins with submission of the scrap (or storage) declaration forms to the Y‑12 CSMO. The Y‑12 CSMO coordinates review of the forms to determine if the material and packaging meet Y‑12’s acceptance criteria. For details, see the process flow chart.

Central Scrap Management process flow chartCentral Scrap Management process flow chart

Y‑12 CSMO will notify you regarding the results of review process. If the material on your Declaration meets Y‑12’s acceptance criteria, you must use the Product Return Liason process to obtain authorization to ship the material to Y‑12.

Declaring scrap

DOE Operations offices responsible for programs that generate enriched uranium scrap and residues are responsible for determining whether the materials should be retained for future processing or discarded.

You should contact CSMO if you need help making a determination.

Determining disposition

Unirradiated uranium scrap is dispositioned by

  • processing the scrap to a usable form,
  • preprocessing and/or storing the scrap for subsequent processing, or
  • disposing as waste when determined to have no future programmatic need and/or when a determination has been made that the uranium is uneconomical to recover.

CSMO reviews submitted scrap declarations and, in coordination with appropriate departmental elements, determines an appropriate disposition. In developing a disposition path, we consider a variety of aspects, including:

  • future programmatic need;
  • economics of recovery processing;
  • safeguards;
  • health, safety, and environment;
  • waste disposal options, and
  • funding availability.

You will be notified if CSMO determines that the material is not economical to recover and waste disposal options should be pursued. If you are unable to identify a disposal path, you should consult with CSMO for additional recovery options.