Y-12 National Security Complex is a Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The site, once called Clinton Engineer Works, was responsible for separating bomb-grade uranium isotopes to construct the nuclear weapon, Little Boy.
Y-12’s mission since the end of the cold war has been to maintain U.S.the weapons stockpile and all uranium parts used in U.S. weapons programs.
Y-12’s Uranium Processing Facility construction is on time and under budget, Sen. Lamar Alexander said Wednesday in a hearing on President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget for the National Nuclear Security Administration.
The NNSA is an agency within the Department of Energy that is responsible for maintaining the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. It also manages the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
Alexander credited the announcement to considerable oversight over the past five years, including “regular meetings” with Department of Energy leadership to reign in the cost of the facility.
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