Uranium at Y-12: Accountability

Posted: July 22, 2013 - 3:37pm | Y-12 Report | Volume 10, Issue 1 | 2013

Accountability of enriched uranium is facilitated by the ability to put uranium into well-blended aqueous, organic, crystalline, powder, granular, metallic and compound forms that can be sampled and analyzed. Periodic inventories are necessary to find and account for all the enriched uranium that hides in equipment corners and crevices. This allows enriched uranium to be processed in large quantities and accounted for by the gram. Y‑12 employees know where uranium resides in large, complex facilities and how to use computer tools to track and monitor its movement (see Uranium Track Team).

Learn more about some of the complexities in reprocessing and safeguarding one of the nation’s most vital assets.