2018: The Year We Stop the UPF

The Uranium Processing Facility is a big name for a bomb plant”slated to begin construction in early 2018, the UPF will manufacture thermonuclear cores for US nuclear warheads. Unless we stop it.

The National Nuclear Security Administration plans to build the UPF bomb plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex. The UPF will replace deteriorating Manhattan Project era nuclear weapons production facilities. The sole mission of the UPF will be to make nuclear bomb components”the “secondary,” made of highly enriched uranium, lithium deuteride, beryllium and depleted uranium, is the part that puts the H in the H-bomb. It is the fusion core; Y-12 has produced every nuclear secondary for every nuclear warhead and bomb in the US stockpile. Ever.

Building the UPF commits the US to its trillion dollar “modernization” plan; it has been called the “tip of the spear” of the modernization plan.

OREPA’s work to stop the UPF began when it was first announced in 2005. In 2017, along with colleagues from Nuclear Watch New Mexico and the Natural Resources Defense Council, we filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, DC, challenging the adequacy of the environmental analysis the government is required to perform before it builds the bomb plant. We are waiting for the judge to hear the case.

OREPA is doing other things, too”we are working to develop a new generation of nuclear abolitionists through our Next Generation Leadership Fund. We are also collaborating with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability and Nukewatch to create a framework for effective work with our grassroots colleagues in Europe and around the globe. The new nuclear ban treaty will provide increased leverage for activists working to get US nukes out of Europe.

And we are working to create and nurture nonviolent community in East Tennessee.

OREPA is a grassroots group that relies almost completely on contributions from our members and supporters to do our work. We have one full time staff person and a host of volunteers who serve on a working Board of Directors and active committees. Our ultimate aim is to create a world free of nuclear weapons. You can learn more about our efforts to stop the bomb plant and our other work from our newsletter. Look in the sidebar on the right for the latest edition.

OREPA is a nonprofit organization; all contributions are tax deductible. You can make a secure donation through paypal or with your credit card using the donate button. Our snail mail address is P O Box 5743, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.


Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

The OREPA Board has now decided that we are prepared to do a limited re-opening of the Sunday vigil to allow for slightly more participation.  We are asking anyone who wants to attend a Sunday vigil to sign up in advance—by the Thursday before. There are two ways to sign up. You can email Ralph at orep@earthlink.net or you can call him at 865 776 5050. If the five slots are already taken, we’ll ask you to wait until next week. All vigilers are expected to wear masks. Bring your own chair. Avoid physical contact and maintain an appropriate social distance in the circle of chairs. Of course, if for any reason you feel you may have been exposed to the virus or to someone with the virus, you should not attend the vigil. At this point, we are not resuming our monthly potlucks.

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