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ries in New Mexico and California by upgrading some nuclear weapons. In addi-
tion, Y-12 houses the Centers for Manufacturing Technology and the National
East Tennessee Technology Park
K-25, also known as the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, is located four
miles west of downtown Oak Ridge and occupies 1,500 acres. K-25 produced
enriched uranium using a process known as gaseous diffusion, which is based on
the principle that molecules of a lighter isotope will pass through a porous barri-
er more readily than molecules of a heavier one.
K-25 and the surrounding area have since been renamed East Tennessee
Technology Park and are now dedicated to Environmental Management (EM).
EM's mission involves four main activities: (1) management of urgent and high-
risk nuclear materials and facilities, (2) management of large amounts and vari-
ous types of waste, (3) environmental restoration, and (4) technology develop-
ment. ETTP is home to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Incinerator.
TSCAI is the only incinerator in the country permitted to treat mixed wastes-
wastes with both hazardous and radioactive contaminants-that also contain
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Some of the usable facilities at ETTP are
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The Oak Ridge Reservation lies about 20 miles west of Knoxville and straddles Roane and Anderson Counties.
Map courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy (Oak Ridge Reservation Annual Site Environmental Report for 1998,
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