Source: Oak Ridge Today

An aerial view of the Biology Complex at the Y-12 National Security Complex. Plans call for eventually demolishing the complex. This photo was published April 2017, and it shows buildings 9207 and 9210. (DOE)

Tennessee officials have approved the demolition of two large buildings at the Biology Complex at the Y-12 National Security Complex.

The Biology Complex once housed more people with doctorates than anywhere in the world, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. DOE has said the men and women who worked there radically enhanced the world’s knowledge in biology, including the discovery of the Y chromosome.

Y-12 announced in December that the Tennessee Historical Commission had approved the demolition of the two buildings: Buildings 9207 and 9210. The buildings date back to the Manhattan Project, a top-secret federal program to build the world’s first atomic weapons during World War II. Oak Ridge was part of that project.

The demolition work at the Biology Complex is being overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management.

In March, Jay Mullis, manager of the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, said the federal spending bill approved that month included $125 million to deactivate and demolish the Biology Complex. The $125 million could be full funding for the top-priority project because DOE officials expect the Biology Complex deactivation and demolition work to cost $125 million over three to four years. That means the earmarked money is expected to be enough to complete the project.

The deactivation work includes asbestos abatement.

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