Environment News Service

ROCKY FLATS AGAIN SHIPPING URANIUM

November 5, 1998

Shipments to transfer highly enriched uranium components from Rocky Flats, a former nuclear facility near Denver, Colorado, to the Y-12 facility at Oak ridge, Tennessee have resumed, the Department of Energy (DOE) Rocky Flats Field Office has announced. Jessier Roberson, DOE Rocky Flats manager said several shipments of "national security uranium" have safely arrive at Oak Ridge. More shipments will continue until all highly enriched uranium destined for Y-12 is removed. The target date for completion of the shipments is September 1999. The uranium has been stored at Rocky Flats since nuclear operations stopped there in late 1989. Shipments to Oak Ridge took place in 1996 and up to September 1997 to accomodate improvements at Y-12. The uranium will be stored at Oak Ridge pending final disposition. Times and routes of shipment are not announced because of "national security considerations," the DOE said.