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Huizenga Promoted to NNSA No. 3 as White Departs

David Huizenga, a longtime manager in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) nonproliferation branch, will be promoted to the third-highest career post at the nuclear weapons agency effective Monday, the semiautonomous Department of Energy branch announced Friday. In his new role as associate principal deputy administrator, Huizenga will be able to run the agency on […]

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DOE Deputy Orders No More Participation in Foreign Talent Programs

After a former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist was indicted for allegedly lying about contacts with the Chinese government, the Energy Department prohibited its employees and contractors from participating in certain foreign “talent recruitment programs.” Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette approved that prohibition Friday by signing DOE Order 486.1. The order bars agency employees and contractors […]

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South Carolina Asks Supreme Court to Save Plutonium Conversion Plant

South Carolina has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court’s 2018 decision to let the Department of Energy close a proposed plutonium disposal plant in the western part of the state, according to papers filed recently with the highest court in the land. After years of political and legal wrangling, DOE’s National […]

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Y-12 Contractor Gets Go-Ahead to Install Uranium Chip Melter

Consolidated Nuclear Security has received the go-ahead to install a piece of hardware at the Y-12 National Security Complex that will one day help the National Nuclear Security Administration end uranium processing in the World War II-era Building 9212 and transfer the work to the planned Uranium Processing Facility. In a report published on June 14, […]

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NNSA to Complete Environmental Review on Proposed Plutonium Pit Plants

The National Nuclear Security Administration plans to prepare an environmental impact statement for plutonium pit production at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C., according to a notice filed this week in the Federal Register. The public will have 45 days to comment on the agency’s proposed environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding its contentious plan to […]

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House Armed Services Committee Approves 2020 NDAA Following Fireworks Over Low-Yield Warhead

The House Armed Services Committee early Thursday approved its version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act after about 18 hours of debate. The House committee’s annual defense policy bill, now headed to the House floor, authorizes about $15.8 billion for the active nuclear weapons programs managed by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security […]

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Debate on Nuclear Amendments to House Spending Bill Pushed to Next Week

The full House of Representatives will not consider several defense-nuclear amendments to a fiscal 2020 spending bill until next week. The House cleared the amendments for floor debate, but lawmakers spent much of Wednesday and all day Thursday discussing other aspects of the bill before adjourning. The chamber had no votes scheduled for Friday. Debate […]

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U.S. Authorized Two Transfers of Nuke Tech to Saudis After Khashoggi Murder

The Department of Energy authorized two transfers of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia after that nation allegedly authorized the murder of U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said Tuesday. Beginning in 2017, the Department of Energy granted seven companies Part 810 authorizations — named for the section of the […]

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HASC Subcommittee Moves To Constrict DOE Plans For Nuclear Weapon Cores

Democrats on the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee on Tuesday used their majority on the panel to kill a GOP amendment that would have kept the Department of Energy’s plan to produce plutonium pits in South Carolina off the chopping block. Subcommittee Democrats, led by Rep. James Cooper (Tenn.), quashed the amendment from Rep. […]

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Big NNSA Funding, Policy Bills Due for House Action Wednesday

Two of the most important bills of the year for the National Nuclear Security Administration are slated for consideration on Wednesday, when the full House and a key committee will take up proposals to fund and authorize critical nuclear security programs for fiscal year 2020. The House Armed Services Committee will vote on the 2020 […]

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