Employees reach 3.6 million hours working safely at midway point of one of the largest industrial moves in the United States
U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri’s 5th District stopped by the new National Security Campus to congratulate employees for working 3.6 million hours safely during one of the largest industrial moves in the nation.
As the massive relocation effort nears the midway point, employees briefly paused to enjoy some ice cream at a “half-time” rally. Cleaver and KCFO Manager Mark Holecek praised employees for keeping safety and security a primary focus and reiterated the importance of the plant’s national security mission.
The massive relocation of the manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Mo. to the new National Security Campus began in January 2013. The relocation teams have safely and securely moved a wide range of equipment including tools weighing as little as six ounces to a milling machine weighing 87,000 pounds. By the end of the move in August 2014, about 3,000 truckloads will have transported thousands of pieces of equipment and 30,000 crates – which if stacked would be more than five times the height of Mount Everest.
This on-time, on-budget project represents a significant part of federal government’s focus on modernization and infrastructure investment. The modern engineering and manufacturing campus showcases innovation and cost savings, highlighted by environmentally efficient features.
Pete Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, recently visited Sandia. During his visit, Lyons received a review of the Brayton Cycle Laboratory and the Cylindrical Boiling Laboratory. The tour was led by Steve Rottler, Vice President of Sandia's California laboratory.
Lawrence Livermore's National Ignition Facility (NIF) recently focused all 192 of its ultra-powerful laser beams on a tiny deuterium-tritium filled capsule. In the nanoseconds that followed, the capsule imploded and released a neutron yield of nearly 3x1015, or approximately 8,000 joules of neutron energy – approximately three times NIF's previous neutron yield record for cryogenic implosions.
The primary mission of NIF is to provide experimental insight and data for NNSA's science-based stockpile stewardship program. The experiment attained conditions not observed since the days of underground nuclear weapons testing and represents an important milestone in the continuing demonstration that the stockpile can be kept safe, secure and reliable without a return to testing.
By repurposing an old decontamination trailer, rather than buying a new one, B&W Pantex Radiation Safety personnel recently saved Pantex approximately $100,000.
In 2012, the search began for ways to improve the emergency response capabilities of the Pantex Radiation Safety Department with a mobile decontamination trailer. The purchase of a new trailer through the U.S. General Services Administration was approved at a cost of $122,000, but B&W Pantex kept searching for a less expensive alternative.
The search led to an available trailer already at Pantex that was in critical need of repair. After a lengthy search, employees from the Radiation Safety Department found a local business that could refurbish the trailer for $23,000.
The trailer is fully equipped with four showering units, water supply, self-contained waste handling, two 80-pound propane tanks and its own generator. It is intended for use in decontaminating victims in the unlikely event of a radiological or chemical accident. The trailer is currently slated to be used to decontaminate victims prior to moving them into the site’s medical facilities, but it remains mobile and could be used in other locations.
Through innovative thinking and a willingness to look for new solutions to existing problems, B&W Pantex personnel improved the radiation safety capabilities of the site while utilizing a local small business to control the cost of the project.
About the photos: Members of the Pantex Radiation Safety Department conduct training utilizing a new decontamination trailer the department had refurbished, saving about $100,000 as compared to the cost of a new trailer.