Source: LA Daily Post | | August 31, 2020

Brett Riffert, a superintendent on the Uranium Processing Facility construction, updates NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty on the its progress at Y-12 National Security Complex. Courtesy/NNSA

WASHINGTON – National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty continued her tour of the Nuclear Security Enterprise last week by visiting the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The Administrator met with members of the Y-12 workforce and saw a number of ongoing projects and facilities.

Administrator Gordon-Hagerty, who also serves as U.S. Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, continues to make her way across the Nation visiting the agency’s eight laboratories, plants, and sites in a year that coincides with the 20th anniversary of NNSA.

Having begun the tour in July with visits to the Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina; Sandia National Laboratories and the NNSA Albuquerque Complex in Albuquerque; Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos and Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, she is expecting to complete her tour by year’s end.

During her visit to Y-12, the Administrator was able to meet with and thank, both in person and via video, the almost 5,000 members of the site’s workforce who continue to demonstrate their unwavering commitment to NNSA’s national security missions.

“Y-12 has never wavered in its commitment to NNSA’s missions and its deliverables for the U.S. nuclear stockpile,” Administrator Gordon-Hagerty said. “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Y-12 completed the final planned FY 2020 Life Extension Program build, more than two months before the fiscal year’s end in July; and has completed all major Defense Programs deliverables.”

During the Administrator’s trip, she toured several facilities including the Test and Demolition Facility (TDF), where large-scale, technology maturation activities are conducted, including the effort to restore some processes that were dormant for more than 15 years.

The Administrator visited Building 9204-2E, where the assembly, disassembly, and life-cycle evaluation of components for the Nation’s nuclear stockpile take place, and saw the construction progress being made at the Uranium Processing Facility.