Officials criticized for not identifying companies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials managing work on a new uranium processing facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex are being scrutinized for not identifying some of the companies working on the project.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the National Nuclear Security Administration and its chief contractor, B&W Y-12, which is managing the work on the facility, have refused to identify some companies that recently got contracts to work on site preparation and other information.

Over the past month, the newspaper has made repeated requests for updated information on the facility's procurement activities. B&W Y-12 has provided general numbers regarding contract awards over the past five years.

Michael Halpern is a program manager with the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He says restricting information is the wrong way to build trust on big federal projects like facility.

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