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Four Universities Earn NNSA Grants Aimed At Stockpile Stewardship, Nat’l Security Recruiting

Four universities will split more than $40 million in grant funding under a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) program designed to bolster fundamental science applicable to nuclear weapons and encourage students to come to work in the nuclear security enterprise. This brings the total number of universities receiving funding through the NNSA Stewardship Science Academic Alliances […]

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DNFSB Inspector For Pantex Jumps Ship for IAEA

One of two Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board resident inspectors at the Pantex nuclear weapons plant has left to join the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, a board spokesperson said Thursday. “Ramsey Arnold left the Board on September 21,” the spokesperson wrote in an email. “He will be working for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). […]

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NNSA Review of UPF Compounds Legal Violations, Environmental Groups Say

A September review by the Department of Energy compounded the agency’s alleged transgressions of federal environmental law stemming from a 2016 design change to a next-generation uranium plant under construction at the Oak Ridge Site in Tennessee, a band of environmental groups said this week in an amended federal lawsuit. The supplemental analysis DOE’s semiautonomous […]

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DNFSB Plans Meetings for Safety Recommendation, Review of Controversial DOE Order

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) has scheduled a series of meetings, including a closed-door session to brew up a new safety recommendation and two public hearings about a controversial Department of Energy order the board says would weaken its oversight of defense-nuclear sites. In the closed meeting, scheduled for Oct. 23, the board […]

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Longtime MFFF Lobbyist Laid Off

A longtime lobbyist for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility was laid off today as the Department of Energy closes in on its goal of ending the project. Veteran government-affairs hand Stephen Marlo acknowledged his termination by APTIM in a telephone interview with Nuclear Security & Deterrence Monitor. The Woodlands, Texas, company was created by a private equity […]

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Nomination Hearing for NNSA No. 2 Postponed

The Senate Armed Services Committee this week postponed a confirmation hearing for the Donald Trump administration’s nominee to be second-in-command at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). William Bookless, a senior physicist form the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, was scheduled to testify before the panel Tuesday, but “this hearing has been postponed,” the committee […]

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Hunt Ryan is New Bechtel CFO

Bechtel promoted Catherine Hunt Ryan to chief financial office on Monday, the company announced in a press release. Hunt Ryan previously served as CFO at Bechtel’s Oil, Gas & Chemicals business for more than two years and has been with the company for 11 years. She has also worked at Credit Suisse and the World […]

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Honeywell Gets Tax Break, Earnings Bump in 3Q

Honeywell, which through its Federal Services division is a member of four prime contractors for the Department of Energy’s defense nuclear enterprise, said Friday it raked in more sales in a strong quarter than benefited in part from a onetime tax benefit. Third-quarter sales at the parent company rose about 5 percent to a little […]

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South Carolina Lawmakers Dodge the Big Questions After MFFF Meeting At White House

A delegation of high-profile South Carolina politicians met Thursday with President Donald Trump at the White House to make a last-minute plea to save an embattled plutonium-disposal plant in the Palmetto State — a facility the Department of Energy wants to convert into a weapon factory. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), along with Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), […]

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NNSA Sends Termination Letter to MFFF Contractor After Appeals Court Decision

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) on Wednesday notified MOX Services that the agency will terminate the company’s contract to build a long-delayed plutonium disposal plant at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C. The semiautonomous Department of Energy agency sent the letter one day after a federal appeals court lifted a lower court’s injunction […]

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