WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE UPF

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What is the current status?

The Uranium Processing Facility as currently planned will be massively oversized, cost $19 billion, and will not be ready for operation until 2028; the aging facilities it is supposed to replace will not be able to operate safely beyond 2020.

A billion dollars has been spent so far on the design of the UPF; in January, Congress told the National Nuclear Security Administration to scrap its plans and develop alternatives. That review will be done by a “Red Team.”

The UPF is a bomb plant. Its sole mission is to produce thermonuclear cores for weapons of mass destruction for the Stockpile Life Extension Program.

Where are we going?

By 2025, the United States will have limited demand for nuclear weapon production capacity, and much of what is needed to maintain the nuclear stockpile in a safe and secure manner will be done at the Pantex plant in Amarillo, Texas.

In Oak Ridge, NNSA will be unable to meet demand for dismantlement capacity”there are no plans to replace existing dismantlement facilities though they are undersized and take place in 60-year-old deterioriating facilities.

 

The Search for Alternatives

Key questions as the “Red Team” begins its hurried review of the UPF to develop “alternatives:”

• will alternatives be required to maximize safety and security?

• will the public be engaged in the review of UPF alternatives?

• when will NNSA begin the preparation of the new Environmental Impact Statement analyzing alternatives?

• will the Red Team consider safer, faster, cheaper alternatives, such as replacing limited lifetime components at Pantex?

• will the Red Team review sacrifice safety to save money?

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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 orep@earthlink.net 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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