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January 2012

National Nuclear Science Week

Students and teachers today will get the chance to talk live with nuclear experts from across the country about various nuclear issues today as part of the National Nuclear Science Week. The talks will cover electricity production, basics in nuclear science, nuclear medicine and an overview of the future of nuclear energy in the U.S.

For a complete list of live talks see:

TriValley Mayors

From left to right: NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook; Dublin, Calif. Mayor Tim Sbranti; Danville, Calif. Mayor Candace Andersen; Livermore, Calif. Mayor John Marchand; NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino


NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino hosted mayors from across the country while the mayors were in Washington, D.C. during the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last week. The mayors represented major metropolitan cities and local communities – including Livermore, Calif., Danville, Calif., Dublin, Calif., Albuquerque, N.M., Las Vegas. N.V., Amarillo. Texas, Columbia, S.C., and Kansas City. Mo. All cities are located adjacent to NNSA laboratories and plants. D’Agostino appreciated the opportunity to communicate directly with these local leaders and to discuss issues of mutual interest.

NNSA leadership recognizes that local community officials serve as a source of strength not only in advancing NNSA goals locally but also in strengthening the organization’s relationships with other key federal and state officials to move the nation’s nuclear security agenda forward. Each of the mayors expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to convey their priorities to D’Agostino and indicated they would be doing the same with other administration and congressional officials during their stay in Washington, D.C.

botts side cranes

In just one year, the NNSA’s Kansas City Plant (KCP) will begin a carefully orchestrated move to its new location with the help of six relocation firms who were recently awarded contracts valued at about $80 million.

In one year, on Jan. 23, 2013, KCP will begin the complex task of moving manufacturing, laboratory and office equipment from its current location at the Bannister Federal Complex to a newly constructed National Security Campus eight miles south at Botts Road and 150 Highway in South Kansas City. The move will involve approximately 2,800 pieces of large capital equipment and more than 40,000 moving crates filling approximately 2,600 semi-trailer loads.

KCP selected CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), the world’s largest commercial real estate company, to plan and manage the monumental task of relocating the nearly three million square feet facility, including manufacturing, engineering and administrative offices, to the new location. Additional supporting contracts to execute the move were awarded to P1 Group, Inc., Foley Company, Fry-Wagner, Graebel, and Daniels. The total contract value is more than $80 million and is one of the largest purchasing contracts awarded by Honeywell FM&T, the management and operating contractor for KCP.

craneIn January 2013, when construction of the new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and engineering campus is complete, the relocation contractors will begin moving the KCP operations in a phased-in approach. The move will take place over a 19-month period and will allow for dual operations at both facilities to ensure continued delivery of product in support of national security.

The new smaller, more efficient facility maintains the capability to assure the reliability, safety and security of the nation’s defense systems while enabling NNSA to recruit and retain the next generation of scientists and engineers. KCP remains committed to supporting the President’s nuclear agenda which includes enhanced safety and security and also takes advantage of opportunities to reduce the number of warhead types.

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NNSA BlogPhoto Credit: National University of Malaysia

Rising energy demand in Southeast Asia could contribute to a significant growth in nuclear power over the coming decades.  As states invest in new nuclear power programs, they must also simultaneously develop indigenous expertise to ensure that these programs are safe and effective as well as compliant with international nonproliferation and safeguards obligations.   

The International Nuclear Safeguards and Engagement Program (INSEP), a program within the Office of Nonproliferation and International Security at NNSA, works with countries that are developing nuclear programs build the safeguards expertise needed to ensure that new energy initiatives are securely operated. Last month, an INSEP team traveled to Malaysia to participate in an International Workshop on Safeguards Curriculum Development at the National University of Malaysia (UKM).  The event brought together experts from Malaysia, the Republic of Korea and the United States to support UKM with the development of a Safeguards, Safety and Security Program.  While the workshop focused on the creation of an indigenous safeguards education program specifically for Malaysia, it also supported the shared goal of the United States and Republic of Korea to develop the next generation of safeguards experts around the world.