Oak Ridge, Tenn. Selected as Uranium Enrichment Site

September 19, 1942
Oak Ridge, Tenn. Selected as Uranium Enrichment Site
Oak Ridge, TN

Brigadier General Leslie R. Groves, head of the Manhattan Engineer District, selects Oak Ridge, Tennessee, site for facilities to produce nuclear materials. Isotope separation of uranium235 takes place in the gaseous diffusion plant built in the K-25 area of the site, in the electromagnetic plant in the Y-12 area, and in the liquid thermal diffusion plant. A pilot pile (reactor) and plutonium separation facility are built and operated at the X-10 area.