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Accession Number PB2014-100557
Title Nuclear Weapons: Information on Safety Concerns with the Uranium Processing Facility.
Publication Date Oct 2013
Media Count 21p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract At the request of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and, in accordance with the requirements contained in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, GAO is to report quarterly on the UPF. GAO's objective for this second quarterly report was to identify the concerns, if any, that the Safety Board has raised with the UPF and the actions, if any, NNSA has taken to address those concerns. The Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) site for conducting enriched uranium activities, producing uranium-related components for nuclear warheads and bombs, and processing nuclear fuel for the U.S. Navy. NNSA is a separately organized agency within the Department of Energy (DOE). According to NNSA, the Y-12 plants current enriched uranium operations, which are conducted in four separate buildings, have key shortcomings including (1) an inefficient workflow; (2) continually rising operations and maintenance costs due to facility age; and (3) processes that could expose workers to radiological contamination, among other things.
Keywords Contamination
Environmental exposure
Information systems
Nuclear fuels
Nuclear weapons
Radioactive waste facilities
Radioactive waste processing

Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 74H - Nuclear Warfare
77G - Radioactive Wastes & Radioactivity
68F - Radiation Pollution & Control
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1403
Contract Number N/A

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