May 30, 2006
OAK RIDGE (AP) — Workers at the Y-12 National Security Complex are dismantling nuclear warheads faster than ever before.
They’re trying to comply with arms-control agreements and reduce a backlog of old warheads.
Dan Linehan, a manager in the plant’s Directed Stockpile Work organization, says historically it’s been filler work. That’s changed this year.
The increase coincides with the construction of a $350 million storage center for bomb-grade uranium that is about half-finished.
There are also plans for a $1 billion Uranium Processing Facility that’s scheduled for completion around 2015.
Linehan says workers will still be dismantling warheads well beyond the time the facility is open.