As part of our increased global nuclear nonproliferation efforts, Y-12 commissioned the Nuclear Detection and Sensor Testing Center, which offers dedicated facilities for the testing of radiation detection capabilities using enriched and highly enriched uranium. In addition to supporting measurements of instrumentation for detecting ionizing radiation, non-destructive measurements of both fissile and non-fissile materials may be deployed at NDSTC.
A strong technical nuclear detection and forensics capability is important to the nation’s security. It will help discourage foreign cooperation with terrorist elements and encourage greater global security for material that could be used to develop nuclear weapons.
If you have questions or concerns about the approval process for returning products to Y-12, check out the frequently asked questions and answers below. If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact us.
Welcome to the Y-12 Product Return Liaison website.
The purpose for the Y-12 PRL approval process is to ensure external receipts of Department of Energy Defense Program–related materials, DOE radioactive materials, other DOE nuclear materials and returned empty nuclear materials containers meet the Y-12 acceptance criteria. The PRL approval process also ensures Y‑12 has the current processing and storage capacity to receive the material.
The Declaration Request Form represents one scrap or storage declaration. You must submit these completed forms to CSMO to initiate a request for disposition of your material to Y‑12. The Scrap or Storage Declaration form must be reviewed and signed by your cognizant DOE Operations Office prior to approval of receipt of your material at Y‑12.
The Y‑12 Central Scrap Management Office serves as the U.S. Department of Energy repository for unirradiated uranium and provide technical assistance to DOE customers in the disposition of scrap uranium. CSMO manages scrap recovery, storage and disposition services for DOE programs.
We have taken material left from the Cold War and given it an important, peaceful use — energy.