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B61-12 First Production Unit ‘Nearing Completion,’ NNSA Says
The National Nuclear Security Administration is almost finished with a proof-of-concept unit that will kick off mass production of the homogenized version of the B61 nuclear gravity bomb, an agency spokesperson said this week. “The B61-12 program is nearing the completion of the FPU [first production unit] milestone, and we expect to make an announcement later this calendar year,” a spokesperson at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) headquarters in Washington wrote in a Monday email to the Monitor. B61-12 will replace four existing versions of the oldest deployed U.S. nuclear weapon, including one that had what the Air Force called modest earth-penetrating capability. After replacing unusable capacitors needed by multiple…
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A federal court on Friday agreed to review the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s call to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a proposed interim storage site in west Texas, according to case filings. Before the weekend, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals carried…
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Emissions Delay IWTU Test Run; Roughly 70% of Fluor Idaho Workers Vaccinated
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Texas AG Argues Federal Overreach in Suit Against Recently Licensed ISP Interim Storage Facility
Fighting to keep its lawsuit over a proposed interim storage site alive, Texas’ attorney general said this week that the Lonestar State deserves its day in federal court because the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has effectively licensed a permanent nuclear repository…
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Biden Administration Opposes Ban on ICBM Draw Down With Posture Review Pending
As the Biden administration conducts its Nuclear Posture Review, the administration is opposing a draft defense authorization bill provision that would prohibit a reduction below 400 Boeing Minuteman III ICBMs. Section 1626 of a House report on its version of…
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