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NNSA '22 Budget Details: SRS Pit Costs Balloon; W80 Alt for Sea-Launched Cruise Missile; B83 Sustainment Pricetag
Among the highlights of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s detailed fiscal year 2022 budget request: it will cost more than double what the agency once estimated to convert a plutonium recycling plant in South Carolina into a factory for nuclear-weapon triggers; planned air- and sea-launched cruise missiles will share a nuclear tip; next year’s costs to keep the B83 gravity bomb in warm storage are triple this years. It was all part of the Joe Biden administration’s fiscal year 2022 National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) budget request of just under $20 billion. While about flat compared with the 2021 appropriation, the 2022 request seeks roughly 12% less for civilian nuclear…
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Consolidated Nuclear Security will remain on the job at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s two big production sites at least two months longer than planned and possibly as many as six, the agency announced Tuesday. The Bechtel National-led prime for…
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The Joe Biden administration Friday afternoon proposed level-funding the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management at about $7.6-billion during fiscal 2022, which begins in a little more than four months. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm told Congress recently that…
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Biden’s 2022 Budget Boosts Advanced Reactors, Adds Credit for Nuke Plants, Support for Siting Non-Yucca Repository
The Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy would get a cash infusion for its advanced reactor development program and support for consent-based siting for a permanent waste repository would begin after Sept. 30, if the 2022 budget request rolled…
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$20B Biden NNSA Budget Whacks Weapon Activities, Compared With Trump Forecast
As part of a roughly $20 billion 2022 budget request for the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Joe Biden administration on Friday sought about 12% less for civilian nuclear weapons programs than the Donald Trump administration forecast would be necessary…
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