Analysis of the Red Team’s prospects

Faced with a $19 billion price tag for the UPF, even after they scaled back operations to make it exclusively a bomb production plant, Congress told the NNSA to go back to the drawing board. In reply, NNSA announced a “Red Team” to study alternatives. Oak Ridge National Lab director Thomas Mason was tapped to head the Red Team; he has assembled a team of Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration personnel; NNSA has declined to name the members of the Red Team and their meetings are not announced, nor are they open to public or media”so the future of the UPF is in the hands of a secret team of insiders. The Red Team began work on March 10 and expects to have a report in six weeks. OREPA has prepared an analysis of the Red Team’s prospects.

You can read it by clicking here:

Red Team Review sheet


Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

The OREPA Board has now decided that we are prepared to do a limited re-opening of the Sunday vigil to allow for slightly more participation.  We are asking anyone who wants to attend a Sunday vigil to sign up in advance—by the Thursday before. There are two ways to sign up. You can email Ralph at or you can call him at 865 776 5050. If the five slots are already taken, we’ll ask you to wait until next week. All vigilers are expected to wear masks. Bring your own chair. Avoid physical contact and maintain an appropriate social distance in the circle of chairs. Of course, if for any reason you feel you may have been exposed to the virus or to someone with the virus, you should not attend the vigil. At this point, we are not resuming our monthly potlucks.

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