WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has completed the transfer of a large quantity of high grade stainless steel from the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee to the U.S. Army Research, Engineering and Development Command (ARDEC) at Picatinney Arsenal in New Jersey.
The transfer of the steel, valued at more than $1 million, is part of NNSA's commitment to transform a Cold War nuclear weapons complex into a 21st century nuclear security enterprise. The transfer is also part of Y-12's effort to reduce the footprint of facilities and materials no longer needed for its current and future defense missions. In addition, the transfer helps the government avoid both the cost of disposal of the items as waste and the cost of purchasing similar items for new uses.
"This is an excellent example of interagency cooperation to ensure taxpayers receive the maximum benefit for their investment in government programs," said Thad Konopnicki, Associate Administrator for Infrastructure and Environment. "I commend the Y-12 Site Office and the NNSA headquarters team for their diligent efforts in locating a federal user of this material as well as administering the transfer."
The steel was originally procured for a construction project in the 1980s at the Oak Ridge, Tenn., facility that was later cancelled. The upgrades became unnecessary when the Cold War ended and the size of the stockpile was reduced. The material will be used for various military support and production activities and projects in New Jersey.
Y-12 Site Office Manager Ted Sherry said, "Transfer of the material to another federal agency eliminates the costs of preparation and sale of the material as surplus. Further, the transfer will reduce the need for the U.S. Army to procure similar items and materials in support of its mission requirements."
ARDEC has provided funding to NNSA for transport of the items. The transfer was coordinated with ARDEC by the NNSA Office of Infrastructure and Environment and executed in cooperation with the Y-12 Site Office.
Y-12 is a key facility in the nuclear security enterprise and is responsible for ensuring the safety, reliability, and security of the nuclear weapons stockpile and serves as the nation's primary repository of highly enriched uranium.
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