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NNSA Has Started Building Low-Yield Sub Warhead
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said Friday it has started building the first low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead ordered by the Donald Trump administration last year. “The Pantex Plant has initiated assembly of the W76-2 First Production Unit,” an agency spokesperson wrote Friday in an email response to a query from Nuclear Security & Deterrence Monitor. “NNSA is on track to complete the W76-2 Initial Operational Capability warhead quantity and deliver the units to the Navy by the end of Fiscal Year 2019.” The W76-2 will be a modified version of the far more powerful W76-1 warhead. The NNSA in December finished a decades-long W76-1 modernization program that cost…
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Savannah River Site Begins New Salt Waste Treatment Method
The Department of Energy has initiated a major addition to the liquid waste mission at the Department of Savannah River Site in South Carolina, starting with a nine-month trial run. Officials at the 310-square-mile facility near Aiken, S.C., said the tank…
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Hanford 618-10 Burial Ground Cleanup Completed
The Department of Energy last week completed cleanup of the 618-10 Burial Ground, one of the most hazardous radioactive waste dumps in the Columbia River Corridor at the Hanford Site in Washington state. The last step involved replanting vegetation across…
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Divided NRC Approves Post-Fukushima Nuclear Safety Rule
A split Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday narrowly signed off on a new rule intended to further protect U.S. nuclear power plants from a disaster akin to the March 2011 reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi facility in Japan. Commissioners…
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New CBO Report on Rising Nuke Costs Sets Table for Deterrent Spending Debate
More planned nuclear weapons programs will roll into production phases in the decade ending in 2028, increasing the total annual cost of these efforts by some $10 billion to $50 billion a year, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday. The spending…
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