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Tester Says He Will Keep GBSD “On Track;” Ex-Obama Official Says GBSD ‘Vulnerable’
In an online forum this week, Sen. John Tester (D-Mont.) vowed to use his appropriations gavel to keep the Air Force’s next-generation nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile “on track,” while a former senior pentagon official said congressional support for the program was broad but not deep. Tester delivered recorded remarks to an audience of just under 100 people during an online event hosted by the Washington, D.C.-based non-government group, the Advanced Nuclear Weapons Alliance. Chair of Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee in the 117th Senate, the Senator has acknowledged there will be a debate about the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) missile program during the 2022 federal appropriations process. The missile fields…
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Two key Congressional Democrats from Washington state, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Adam Smith, are proposing to make it easier for cleanup workers at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site and elsewhere to claim medical benefits after being exposed to…
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DOE Carlsbad Halts Los Alamos NNSA Shipments to WIPP After Evacuations
The Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office in New Mexico has halted transuranic waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s contractor for the Los Alamos National Laboratory after sparks from a waste drum…
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New Mexico Suing NRC Over Proposed Interim Storage Site
A proposed consolidated interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in New Mexico would violate the law and place an unfair burden on the state, its attorney general argued in a federal suit this week. If the Nuclear Regulatory Commission…
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Subcontractor, Poor Communication Blamed in IG Report About Wonky Component Manufactures at KCNSC
Lack of communications between the Sandia National Laboratories and the Kansas City National Security Campus resulted in some improperly manufactured flex cables, and separately in the Missouri manufacturing facility accepting other flex cables that failed  post-manufacturing tests, the Department of…
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