February 13, 2009

K-25 demolition progress

A lot of progress has been made at K-25 in the two months since demolition of the World War II-era facility began Dec. 16, with major sections of the west wing already on the ground. Over the next few years, dismantlement of the mile-long building -- the biggest building in the world at the time it was built -- will generate nearly 400,000 cubic yards of radioactive or hazardous waste.

Most of the contaminated rubble will be trucked to a nuclear landfill seven miles away on the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge reservation.

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July 19, 2007

National lab worker accused of stealing secrets

Federal prosecutors on Thursday accused a low-level contract worker at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory - birthplace of the nuclear bomb - with stealing highly classified information about how to make enriched uranium, a key ingredient in nuclear weapons.

The suspect was allegedly caught trying to sell it to someone he thought was representing another country, someone who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent. Federal officials will not say which country the agent was pretending to represent. [via MSNBC]

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