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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Multiple Errors at Y-12, a DOE Nuclear Bomb Plant, Chronic and Continuing

Recently released reports indicate there have been persistent problems with “conduct of operations” — not doing things like they should be done — at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant.
The incidents, as revealed in reports by staff of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, have occurred in Y-12’s key production facilities where highly enriched uranium and other materials — including lithium compounds — are processed, machined or assembled for use in nuclear weapons parts.

Oh, it just a little CRITICALITY, nothing to worry about, you'll be right

— In late March, production employees at Y-12 identified a “noncompliance” with nuclear criticality safety requirements in an area of 9212, the plant’s hub for processing bomb-grade uranium. The safety rules are in place to help prevent a so-called criticality accident, in which fissionable material — such as enriched uranium — is placed in conditions that enable an uncontrolled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction and release of dangerous levels of radiation.
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