Nuclear security is a national and international imperative. In the United States, that responsibility belongs to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and the first of its four missions is to maintain and safeguard America’s nuclear stockpile.
A critical project in that mission is the Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex in the state of Tennessee, which has played a key role in strengthening our country’s nuclear defense and reducing the global threat from weapons of mass destruction.
Originally built 75 years ago during the Manhattan Project, Y-12’s uranium facilities are dated and deteriorating.
NNSA has partnered with Bechtel to deliver a modern facility with a design life of at least 50 years to ensure the long-term viability, safety, and security of those capabilities in the United States. The modernization will also improve worker safety, reduce energy consumption and significantly lower operating and maintenance costs. It is one of NNSA's largest construction projects.