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Uranium Processing Facility (UPF)

 

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The Uranium Processing Facility (UPF), which is being built in Oak Ridge, TN, is an integral part of Y‑12’s National Security Complex transformation efforts. America’s enriched uranium capabilities reside in facilities constructed during World War II and are nearing the end of useful life.   

A multi-year, multi-billion dollar project, the facility will be a state-of-the-art, consolidated facility for enriched uranium operations.

The new facility will consolidate and replace the hub of the nation’s uranium processing operations. UPF allows the Y-12 National Security Complex to accomplish essential security upgrades necessary to carry out mission-critical activities and reduces its high security footprint.

A key component of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Uranium Center of Excellence, UPF is one of two facilities at Y‑12 whose joint mission will be to accomplish the storage and processing of all enriched uranium in one much smaller, centralized facility.

Vital to national security, the Uranium Processing Facility ensures the long-term viability, safety and security of the enriched uranium capability in the United States.

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at the Y-12 National Security Complex is the largest and most significant investment in our country’s nuclear security enterprise since World War II’s Manhattan Project.

The largest construction project in Tennessee’s history and a once-in-a-lifetime capital investment for any area, UPF is a catalyst for growth and for the revitalization of the nuclear supply chain.  A project of this magnitude will be felt locally, regionally and nationally.