The Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that the Bechtel Jacobs environmental cleanup project at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, began demolition work at the K-25 building, the first facility ever built to enrich uranium.
Constructed in 1944, as part of the Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic weapon, the K-25 facility was used to enrich uranium for defense and commercial nuclear power uses. It was closed in 1964. In 2003, DOE awarded Bechtel Jacobs the $2.25 billion cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for accelerated environmental site cleanup at Oak Ridge. Read the DOE press release
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