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NNSA to extend most expiring contracts, starting with Y-12; Pantex transition a month late
WASHINGTON — The National Nuclear Security Administration will extend the Bechtel National-led prime contractor at Y-12 National Security Complex that builds nuclear weapon secondary stages in Tennessee through September 2027, the head of the agency said here Thursday. The agency also plans to extend Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies at the Kansas City National Security Campus, where non-nuclear parts of nuclear weapons are built, and another Bechtel-led contract at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. The details of the Kansas City and Livermore extensions are yet to be decided, Jill Hruby, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said here in a keynote speech at the Exchange Monitor’s…
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Post COVID, recruiting okay, retention still challenging at nuke labs, directors say
WASHINGTON — A tech-industry downturn and a federal permission to boost worker compensation helped with hiring at U.S. nuclear-weapons labs, but hanging on to recruits is still tough, the lab directors said here Wednesday. “We’re actually in quite a good…
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Completing WIPP airflow project, cold commissioning of Hanford vit plant targeted for 2024
The Department of Energy’s nuclear cleanup branch thinks it could complete major infrastructure projects in New Mexico and South Carolina during calendar year 2024, the agency said Tuesday. The DOE Office of Environmental Management’s top priorities for 2024 include final testing of…
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NRC needs a year to finish paperwork for Palisades restart, staff say
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff need until January 2025 to amend Holtec International’s license for the Palisades Nuclear Generating Station in Michigan, which the company wants to restart that August, commission staff said last week. “With respect to your requested completion…
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Thirty pits a year in 2028 at Los Alamos meets STRATCOM needs, commander says
WASHINGTON — The Los Alamos National Laboratory’s plan to produce 30 nuclear weapon cores annually by 2028 satisfies current military needs, the head of U.S. Strategic Command said here Friday. That date, given earlier in the summit by the head…
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