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  • UPF Red Team: Federal mgmt. changes key to moving out of 9212 by 2025, NSDM, 2 May 2014
    big box facility the Red Team recommended an approach that focuses on relocating 9212 operations to other Y 12 facilities as much as possible and the construction of smaller buildings The team recommended that some operations could be moved into the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility while other operations could be transferred to two existing facilities the Beta 2E facility and Building 9215 The report also calls for aggressive inventory reduction to remove material at risk from existing facilities Design efforts on the current big box single structure UPF concept should be stopped while a comprehensive reevaluation of program requirements and applicable design standards is undertaken along with an evaluation of projected funding to provide a firm revised project baseline the Red Team said The Red Team said some of the work on UPF will be applicable to a new approach and it recommended that site preparation and readiness activities continue at full speed Much of the process system design for UPF will apply to the new approach or processes that would be relocated to other facilities but a smaller facility will provide an opportunity to eliminate some requirements that were applicable to UPF and the Red Team said much in the current UPF facility design that will not carry over to the new facilities But it said it is hopeful that much of the process design can be more readily used as the new build s proceed Federal Mgmt Overhaul Vital to Strategy Vital to the Red Team s proposed strategy is a revamping of the project s federal management The report recommends that a senior career executive in the Office of Defense Programs take over the project as well as Y 12 s entire uranium processing mission Currently the project is managed by NNSA s Office of Acquisition

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  • Red Team’s review: relocate 9212 work to other Y-12 facilities, knoxblogs.com, 1 May 2014
    Facility the relatively new storage facility that was constructed several years ago at a cost of 549 million and houses the nation s stockpile of weapons usable uranium Other processing activities now done at 9212 would be shifted to two other nearby facilities Beta 2E where currently warhead parts are assembled and evaluated for quality and 9215 home to some of Y 12 s uranium machining activities In order for this strategy to be successful the Red Team report says significant changes need to be made in the federal management of the project The report recommends that a senior career executive not a political appointee be put in charge of not just this project but assume ownership of the overall enriched uranium mission The existing structure with multiple executives in a say so position has created confusion according to the team s report This career executive must own and accept all of the requirement and most focus in particular on those that are significant cost and schedule drivers e g seismic considerations and the associated risks the report states Much work has already been done in preparing the design for a 340 000 square foot behemoth that would incorporate not only the operations now done in 9212 as well as the activities in Beta 2E and Building 9215 The Red Team recommends that some of the designers on the earlier UPF effort be shifted to work in redesigning existing facilities to accommodate new roles Under the new strategy there would still be new buildings constructed for future uranium work especially the high importance high security casting operations but they would be much smaller than the previously planned UPF The existing design team would continue full steam ahead of those components But much of the emphasis is on getting out of

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  • CNS and UPF, knoxblogs.com, 22 Apr 2014
    of the report was that it s really a combination of a New Build together with some infrastructure builds within the current buildings 9212 and Beta 2E as well as some expense related sort of the normal stuff you do like the Facilities Risk Reduction program and that sort of thing that s already ongoing Haynes said the move ahead would require a combination of investments The biggest part of that solution is the New Build So the New Build what we need to do is make sure that the design effort that s under way now is focused on things that are not going to change and that s where you need to maintain momentum But that every dollar you spend is going to be a good investment in the future Haynes said the UPF team has now been restructured to focus on the high equity part of the design effort work that everyone is confident will be part of the future At the same time they re awaiting details of the Red Team report before they open the aperture again on the big project s design he said How will the UPF construction contract be handled That s still to be worked with the customer Haynes said I think what you will find as with most large construction projects where you have a critical path that really determines whether you re going to make it or not is it will be a combination of subcontracted construction managed by a central construction management organization within CNS He indicated there would likely be a combination of different subcontract packages noting one of the current arrangements on site prep where Avisco is working under the management of the Army Corps of Engineers with the support of the M O contractor currently

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  • Red Team reaches 'strong consensus' on alternative strategy for UPF, knoxblogs.com, 1 Apr 2014
    balancing the risk and the resources and the time At the end that s what we really put the focus on to move with a certain set of urgency Getting out of 9212 by 2025 isn t as easy as it might sound according to Mason 2025 looks awfully close when you look at all the things that need to be done he said That s what was driving our thinking What is the pathway that you can execute reasonably quickly in order to reduce the risk of the existing operations failing and having to be shut down Part of the challenge with the UPF as it s currently configured is it s large and expensive Because of that it takes a long time You have to keep in the existing facilities for longer than you like The findings of the Red Team won t be a finished product with everything in place Mason said a lot of additional analysis will still need to be done However there will only be one strategy with multiple components proposed by the Red Team To some extent we would be doing NNSA and Bruce Held a disservice if we just threw out without consideration a whole series of ideas for different studies Mason said You could spend an infinite amount of time and not move forward He said he was pleased that people with different backgrounds and expertise from different parts of the DOE complex could come together on a pretty good consensus There s not going to be a minority report he said There were areas covered by the review that some team members had a greater interest in than others but everyone seemed to have a strong sense that this was an important task he said I think we learned a lot Mason said in an interview I have to say we probably tested the patience of the Y 12 team in terms of all our requests for additional information We want this We want that And we want it in this form They put up with us and gave us the answers we needed Mason said the Red Team because of its size and varied expertise broke into groups for such things as management issues technology regulatory drivers and he emphasized that everyone contributed and will play a role in the final report There s not a single author he said Everyone has a piece of it Asked about the Red Team s work hours while on site Mason said the good thing about bringing people from around the country is that once they got there there was nothing else to do Once inside parts of Y 12 no cell phones were allowed and that s a great way to focus attention he said Because the final report isn t yet finished Mason said it would be inappropriate to discuss the proposed strategy or its components But he did hint at some of the directions Mason said the focus was

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  • Radioactive debris found at UPF work site, Lebanon Democrat & Wilson County News, 9 Mar 2014
    tree stumps chunks of concrete and dirt were uncovered during work on a haul road that will be used during future construction of the multibillion dollar UPF It s expected that many tons of dirt will be excavated and hauled from the site to prepare for the building s foundation Road work reportedly was stopped last week after the radioactivity was detected But Wyatt said the contaminated debris has been segregated and covered with plastic allowing the road work to continue John Eschenberg UPF s federal project director made a reference to a legacy piece of radioactive material found at the work site during a Feb 27 speech at the University of Tennessee s Institute for Nuclear Security That apparently was the same day the radioactivity was detected When asked about the finding after his speech Eschenberg attributed the radioactivity to a piece of concrete He indicated that the radioactivity might have come from naturally occurring materials At the time he said he didn t think it was associated with Y 12 operations But the radioactive debris appears to be more extensive than that initial report Wyatt said some information about the contaminated materials wasn t available at the time of Eschenberg s talk The federal spokesman said AVISCO a subcontractor to the U S Army Corps of Engineers doing site preparation for UPF is working with Y 12 s radiation safety specialists to determine the boundaries of the contamination The contaminated debris has been cordoned off from the rest of the work site Wyatt said The 50 foot by 50 foot area is covered with plastic he said He said the potential for finding legacy contamination at the site was recognized before the road project began on Y 12 s west end However Shannon Ashford a spokeswoman for the

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  • Report from 'Red Team' examining UPF alternatives due by mid-April, NWMM, 14 Feb 2014
    the Y 12 uranium missions from every angle Fortunately there has already been extensive reviews and studies done and we re planning to make use of the documentation that s out there and try not to reinvent the wheel Mason said Parallels With CMRR NF Held apparently will kick off the review later this month on a video conference with members of the Red Team Mason said the team member will spend some time at Y 12 familiarizing themselves with the work done there and seeing how it s done before returning home to ponder the issues the problems and the possible solutions I think it s essential for people to get into the facilities and see things firsthand Mason said Mason said the team will include top level officials from Los Alamos Livermore and Sandia as well as ORNL and the other Science and Energy labs Clearances will be needed in order to fully engage the Y 12 work he said Asked about reports that the UPF alternative could be smaller modular operations to modernize the Y 12 work on an as needed basis Mason noted that the modular strategy is an element of the reevaluated Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility at Los Alamos He said there may be lessons learned elements from CMRR that may be useful in evaluating alternatives to the UPF No Resentment Noticed However Mason also said there are important differences between Los Alamos and Y 12 especially as regards the existing infrastructure There are options in play at Los Alamos that are not in play at Y 12 he said Some observers have suggested that the national lab team may be viewed as outsiders and not get a hero s welcome at Y 12 where work on UPF has been underway for

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  • Bruce Held: NNSA sticking to its plan on UPF, at least for now, knoxblogs.com, 15 Dec 2013
    Held said the National Nuclear Security Administration has been working closely with Senate appropriators Sens Dianne Feinstein D Calif and Lamar Alexander R Tenn on the UPF strategy We have a commitment to the senators he said This is what we re doing We re going to keep them advised of it We had been meeting with them every month Now we meet with them every quarter because they re comfortable with what we re doing They re comfortable with NNSA Associate Administrator Bob Raines While acknowledging the CAPE capabilities Held said they don t have the knowledge that will come with virtually completing 90 percent the UPF design They are looking at various other comparable things he said You know what I m not sure there is another comparable thing to UPF You can do the best you can But fundamentally they re looking OK this is roughly how much money we ve got and is this roughly going to fit into and it doesn t look like it is During the DNFSB hearing and later during the interview Held acknowledged that the NNSA may have to change its game plan at some point If we get to a position were we said OK this is what our design was and this is what it s going to cost and if that is too expensive for the U S government to do well then we re going to have to figure out something else to do Because we have to get out of 70 year old 9212 and we have to get out of 9215 and Beta 2E This is unique We don t build these things very often and they last a long time Held said So we ll have to see where that goes and that is part of the governmental decision process The NNSA official who holds an M S in Monetary Theory from the London School of Economics said there has been some confusion about how one arrives at a project s price tag The other thing that people don t understand or don t seem to understand is it s sort of like buying a house or buying a car Held said The total cost of that house will depend on whether you pay cash or whether you pay it off in five years or pay if off in 30 years Especially if you re not discounting it and all those numbers are not discounted back to current present values Those are the total cost projected over a whole period of time But let me tell you if you have this exact same design and everything is going fine and if you say we re stretching this project out because of our flow of funding if you say we re stretching it out three years that ll cost you a couple of billion dollars With all the contractors doing everything right no mistakes just the shifting of the timeline will cost money every time

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  • NNSA calls burying UPF an ‘old argument,’ says it wouldn’t boost safety or security, knoxblogs.com, 13 Dec 2013
    but one side The argument was that it would bolster security and benefit safety The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance was joined by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in pushing that proposal and the Project On Government Oversight previously proposed a similar plan The National Nuclear Security Administration however seems firm on keeping the UPF above ground Here s a statement from NNSA spokesman Steven Wyatt This is an old

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