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Centrus Energy Suffers Revenue Loss for Quarter, Year

Centrus Energy on Thursday reported a decline in revenue for both the fourth quarter of 2018 and the year in whole. The Bethesda, Md.-based nuclear fuel provider reported revenue of about $84 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, and $193 million for 2018, down respectively from $117 million and $218 million for the corresponding […]

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House Appropriator Expects More Detail on DOE Nuke Budget Request

After the Department of Energy released some 650 pages of details on its $16.5-billion nuclear-weapon budget request for 2020, the chair of the House Appropriations panel that funds the agency demanded more information on proposed weapons spending. “With respect to nuclear weapons, this is not a budget that establishes clear priorities with a responsible plan […]

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Perry Defends Granting Authorization for Civil Nuclear Tech Transfer to Saudi Arabia

Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday defended the Donald Trump administration’s decision to pursue sales of U.S.-made nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia, including by granting seven unidentified companies approval to transfer some technology and expertise to the nation. On Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported, and Reuters confirmed, that the Department of Energy had granted […]

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Pentagon Still Weighing Using Two Rocket Motor Suppliers for GBSD Program

The Pentagon continues to assess the costs and benefits of directing the two contractors building the forthcoming Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) to partner with the two remaining rocket builders in the country, the Air Force’s military acquisition chief said March 28. Testifying before the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee Thursday on Capitol Hill, Lt. […]

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Udall Will Not Seek Re-Election; Remains Beat Cop for LANL Plutonium Pits

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a friend of the Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories who has spent the last two decades on Capitol Hill, announced this week that he will not run for re-election in 2020. Rather than seeking a third term, New Mexico’s senior senator said Monday he will leave the Senate in January 2021. […]

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South Carolina Names Terms for Settling $200M Plutonium Lawsuit

South Carolina has named its terms for settling a $200-million plutonium lawsuit against the Department of Energy, according to a late Tuesday court filing. South Carolina on Jan. 30 gave attorneys at the Justice Department “a list of potential terms for negotiation” in the ongoing settlement talks that began in October, according to a status […]

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NNSA Seeks Substantial Funding Increase for W80 Refurb

Proportionally or by raw dollars, the W80-4 life-extension program would get the biggest increase of any active Department of Energy nuclear warhead refurbishment in fiscal 2020, if the Trump administration’s budget request becomes law. The program led by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California already received an enormous budget increase in 2019 to pace […]

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House Panel to Hear From Perry on 2020 DOE Budget Request

Energy Secretary Rick Perry will testify before the House Appropriations energy and water development subcommittee next week on his agency’s fiscal 2020 budget request. Perry is the only witness scheduled to appear before the panel at 10 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday at Rayburn House Office Building Room 2362-B in Washington, D.C. The subcommittee is led […]

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Nevada Site Exec Rejoins LANL, Heads to NNSA HQ to Aid Pit Mission

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) tapped John Benner, who in early March returned to the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, to aid the agency with future warhead core production at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. The lab subsequently detailed Benner to Washington, where the longtime Los Alamos staffer will work […]

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Cyber Capabilities No Substitute for Nukes, Joint Chiefs Chairman Says

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week that he doesn’t believe that cyber capabilities can be a substitute for the nation’s nuclear deterrence forces. “[W]e need to be very careful to maintain a safe, effective, and credible nuclear deterrent on its own,” […]

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