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NNSA kills controversial award to manage main weapons production sites; plans multiyear extension for incumbent
In a blow to Fluor and Amentum, the National Nuclear Security Administration this week canceled a potentially 10-year, $28-billion contract for a joint venture of the two companies to manage the agency’s main nuclear-weapon production sites. At the same time, the semiautonomous Department of Energy nuclear weapons agency announced it would extend the Bechtel-led incumbent at the sites, Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) for at least another two years at both sites, with an option for a third year, plus a pair of one-year options beyond that to keep managing Y-12 alone. It’s a landscape-altering reversal for industry after November’s award, to the Fluor-led Nuclear Production One joint venture, of a…
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Operators of nuclear power plants facing impending closure now have until mid-summer to apply for a federal bailout, the Department of Energy said this week. Just a day before the scheduled application deadline for DOE’s civil nuclear credits program, the…
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Texas renews pushback on NRC authority to license interim storage
The state of Texas doubled down this week on its argument that federal law precludes the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from licensing a proposed interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in the Lone Star State, new court filings show. NRC’s…
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Uranium Processing Facility will be eight months late, NNSA says
The NNSA’s new facility for manufacturing nuclear-weapon secondary stages will not be completed until August 2026: eight months later than expected, the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration told Senators Wednesday in a hearing. Bechtel National, under contract to…
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