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History of Oak Ridge
Subject Terms:
Manhattan Project, uranium; history, Y-12 Plant; thermal diffusion, Oak Ridge
Document Location:
DOE INFORMATION CENTER 1 Way, Oak Ridge, TN 37831; Eva Butler; Phone: 865-241-4780; Toll-Free: 800-382-6938, Option 6; FAX: 865-574-3521; Email:
Document Categories:
General, Miscellaneous, Administrative and Historical\General; Specific Material\Uranium
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Declassification Date:
1992 Nov 18
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Originating Research Org.:
Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant
OpenNet Entry Date:
1998 Jun 16
This contains a document pertaining to the history of Oak Ridge. It discusses the selection of the 92-square mile site chosen by the Army Manhattan Engineer District for construction of their headquarters and nerve center for the nation's vast wartime atomic energy effort. Also discussed were the construction in 1943 of buildings for the electromagnetic separation plant (Y-12) and gaseous diffusion plant (K-25), two uranium production plants; and Graphite Reactor- pilot plant for producing plutonium, first facility in the X-10 area. A building for a third method to separate uranium, the thermal diffusion process, was built in 1944 and boosted production considerably. Photographs are included.

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