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NNSA 10-Year Nonproliferation Plan Missed Mark Twice, GAO Says

For four years and through two presidential administrations, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) failed to supply Congress with an adequate plan to verify and monitor global proliferation of nuclear weapons, weapon components, and fissile materials, the Government Accountability Office reported this week. Congress set the agency up for this public slap on the wrist […]

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Senate Passes NDAA, Loosens Restriction on Early Nuke Warhead Work

The Senate this week approved a fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that would clear the way for the National Nuclear Security Administration to build one, and possibly more, low-yield nuclear warheads. The bill also would prohibit the semi-autonomous Department of Energy agency from dismantling the unfinished Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility in South Carolina […]

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Director Search Advances for Los Alamos Community Group

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) could hire a new executive director by the end of the month. The deadline for the RCLC’s request for proposals was June 6, and the executive committee of the group’s Board of Directors’ could make a recommendation at a board meeting tentatively set for June 29, Los Alamos […]

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Repurposing Plutonium Could Speed Up Removal From Savannah River, DOE Says

At least 1 metric ton of plutonium stored at the Savannah River Site may be suitable for use in the nation’s defense program and could be shipped out of South Carolina in time to meet a Jan. 1, 2020, deadline set late last year by a federal judge, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. […]

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Swedish Arms-Control Advocates Count Nearly 14.5K Nukes Globally

U.S. and Russian arms reductions under the New START treaty led an overall trickling down of deployed nuclear forces in 2017, and North Korea might have anywhere from 10 to 20 nuclear weapons, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s latest annual yearbook on nuclear weapons and arms control. Including deployed and nondeployed forces, […]

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DOE Asks Judge to Lift Hold on MFFF Cancellation

The Department of Energy wants a federal judge to let the agency resume closing an over-budget plutonium disposal plant in South Carolina, court papers filed on June 15 show. On June 7, in a lawsuit brought by South Carolina, U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs ordered DOE to halt its planned closure of the unfinished […]

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Fly Drone at Los Alamos, Lose Drone at Los Alamos, Lab Warns

Invoking the threat of countermeasures he did not specifically explain, the head of security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory has warned drone pilots they might lose their aircraft if they fly too close to the storied New Mexico nuclear weapons lab. “The laboratory is authorized by federal law to track, intercept, disrupt, control, and […]

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Senate Tees Up Monday Vote on NNSA 2019 Budget; Feinstein Won’t Oppose

The Senate adjourned Friday without passing an appropriations package that includes a little under $15 billion for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), though a key Democratic senator signaled she would not oppose the bill over the low-yield nuclear warhead the measure funds. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), one of the longest-tenured senators still serving, said […]

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With Debriefs Done, Clock Ticking on Los Alamos Contract Protest

The 10-day clock is ticking to protest the National Nuclear Security Administration’s award of a potentially decade-long management contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, now that the agency has debriefed the companies behind three failed bids to run the storied New Mexico weapons lab. Debriefs of losing bidders wrapped up this Friday, June 22, […]

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EFCOG Adds New Board Member During D.C. Meeting

The Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG) last week elected a new member to its Board of Directors and re-elected another six members. First-time board member Bob Miklos is director of Production Facilities and Infrastructure at Idaho National Laboratory’s Materials and Fuels Complex. He has 30 years of experience with nuclear facilities and also chairs EFCOG’s project […]

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