Emergency crews respond to Y-12 incident, CNS says situation resolved

Emergency crews at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge responded to an emergency at the plant this morning.

In a statement Thursday morning, officials with CNS Y-12–which operates the facility for the federal government–say that shortly before 8 am this morning that sensors detected a possible release of hydrogen fluoride within a processing enclosure in Building 9212. No injuries have been reported, and in their statement, officials said that, “at this time, there is no offsite impact to the public as a result of the incident.” Hydrogen fluoride is an acidic chemical used in some of the processes at Y-12.

Building 9212 at Y-12 National Security Complex

The statement also says that “appropriate precautionary protective actions have been initiated for Y-12 employees who are in the vicinity of the incident and who are not involved in the emergency response.”

On-site monitoring found no detectable levels of the chemical outside of the enclosure and systems in place were working properly to reduce the chemical levels within the enclosure.

All nuclear material was deemed safe and there was no indication of a “malevolent event.” 

Employees were initially evacuated from the area, but were cleared to return to work for normal operations at around 9:45 am after the emergency was deemed “under control.”

As we learn more about this morning’s incident and the response, we will pass it along to you.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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