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Uranium Processing Facility in ‘28 or ‘29; Los Alamos pits stymied by staff shortfall, NNSA budget doc says
The National Nuclear Security Administration’s budget request for fiscal year 2024 includes a funding boost for plutonium pit production in New Mexico, with the goal of building 80 per year as close to 2030 as possible.  Also in the request, the NNSA provided a new cost and schedule estimate for completing the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.  After acknowledging in May that the project slipped off the rails, NNSA said in the detailed budget request published Monday that UPF will cost between $8.5 billion and $8.95 billion to complete. The new complex for producing the secondary stages of thermonuclear weapons should…
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DOE needs to shoulder social, economic costs of its ‘default repository’ at INL, county alleges in lawsuit
Butte County, Idaho sued Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm in federal court this week over continued spent nuclear fuel storage at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory. The county says DOE should bear the “social” and “economic” costs of…
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Hanford spending would hit record $3B under Biden fiscal 2024 request; House hearing next week
The 2024 budget for the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in Washington state would grow to an unprecedented $3 billion or so from $2.7 billion this year, if President Joe Biden’s fiscal 2024 budget request became law. Overall, however, the…
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Nuclear energy budget would go down at DOE in fiscal 24; waste management portfolio would be flat
The budget for the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy would fall about 12% to around $1.56 billion in fiscal year 2024 if the White House’s latest federal spending request became law. That’s about $210 million less than the…
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NNSA Nevada upgrades won’t be available for plutonium tests until 2030
Materials shortages, technology changes and other factors have pushed major enhancements to a nuclear-weapon testing facility in Nevada back three years and inflated the overall project cost to $1.8 billion, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s 2024 budget request.…
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