US, Kazakhstan commission radiation detection systems aimed at preventing nuclear smuggling
NNSA and the Kazakhstan Customs Control Committee recently held a ceremony to commission the specialized radiation detection equipment at Astana International Airport. The ceremony recognized the effective ongoing cooperation between the U.S. and the Republic of Kazakhstan, along with the generous financial contributions from New Zealand, Norway and the Republic of Korea.
NNSA completes milestones for initial steps in plutonium disposition
NNSA announced that it recently completed two milestones towards production of early plutonium oxide feedstock for its Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility. In its second year in production, NNSA exceeded the FY 2012 goal of 200 kilograms of plutonium oxide production by disassembling nuclear weapons pits and converting them into plutonium oxide at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). NNSA also initiated operations at H-Canyon and HB-Line at the Savannah River Site (SRS) to begin plutonium oxide production. The oxide production at both LANL and SRS provides the initial feedstock for the MOX facility and demonstrates the first steps towards permanent plutonium disposition.
Kansas City Plant reaches on-time, on-budget milestone with lease transfer of National Security Campus
NNSA reached an important transformation milestone today with the successful on-time, on-budget occupancy transfer of the LEED Gold National Security Campus in Kansas City, Missouri. As the first step in moving out of a Cold War-era complex, NNSA will start paying the lease on the green manufacturing facility under a unique private/governmental partnership.
NNSA Awards Agreement to Establish Non-HEU-Based Production of Molybdenum-99 in US
NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative announced today the award of a cooperative agreement to further accelerate the establishment of accelerator-based technology to produce the critical medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) in the U.S. The agreement with NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, LLC, is important to ensuring a reliable domestic supply of Mo-99 for U.S. patients, produced without the use of highly enriched uranium.
Titan supercomputer named fastest in the world, NNSA’s Sequoia supercomputer ranked second
Titan, a new supercomputer located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has taken over the top spot as the world’s most powerful according to the TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. NNSA’s Sequoia supercomputer, housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is now ranked as the second fastest supercomputer. Sequoia was previously ranked as the fastest last June.
NNSA Nevada Support Facility receives LEED Gold Certificate
The NNSA’s Nevada Site Office has achieved a significant milestone with the naming of its Nevada Support Facility as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified for existing buildings. Built in 1997, the Nevada Support Facility (NSF), located in North Las Vegas, houses federal and contractor employees.
The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
NNSA participates in annual radiological health conference
The NNSA Aerial Measuring System helicopter will be part of the 43rd Annual New England Radiological Health Conference (NERHC) in Burlington, Vt., this week. The NNSA helicopter will be used as part of training demonstrations that are vital for coordinated emergency response.
Sequoia earns Popular Mechanics 2012 Breakthrough Award
NNSA’s Sequoia supercomputer housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has received a 2012 Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine. Sequoia, an IBM BlueGene/Q machine, is ranked No. 1 on the industry-standard TOP500 list of the world’s fastest high performance computing systems.
NNSA conducts two emergency preparedness courses in Vietnam
As part of its commitment to help Vietnam enhance its emergency management systems, NNSA is conducting two emergency preparedness courses this week in Vietnam. The training is being hosted by the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS).
US, Russia partner to complete Krasnoyarsk Regional Training Center, reaffirm commitment to secure nuclear materials
NNSA and the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense (RF MOD) today announced the commissioning of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Training Center (KRTC) near Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The KRTC will provide training for personnel who maintain or operate security systems at RF MOD nuclear sites.
NNSA today announced that it has awarded $4 million in grants to 22 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and six Department of Energy sites in key Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas. This funding launches NNSA’s new Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program, a consortium program organized to build a sustainable STEM pipeline between DOE plants and laboratories and HBCUs.