NNSA recently celebrated the successful completion of the Uranium Processing Facility site readiness subproject at Y-12. The project was completed $20 million under budget, on schedule and work was achieved with more than 600 days without a recordable accident or injury.

The project included the Bear Creek Road extension and the creation of a haul road.

The successful delivery of the project signifies the first milestone of moving UPF forward and meeting NNSA’s commitment to cease programmatic operations in Building 9212 by 2025 for a cost not to exceed $6.5 billion. UPF is the U.S. Department of Energy’s single largest capital investment in Tennessee since World War II and NNSA’s largest-ever construction project. UPF will replace the hub of the nation’s uranium processing operations.

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About the photo:
NNSA leadership and other dignitaries congratulate the UPF team for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to safety, high quality, cost and schedule. Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony are (from left to right) Don Peters, Uranium Processing Facility Project Office; Lt. Col. John Hudson, Commander of the Nashville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; NNSA Administrator General Frank Klotz; Congressman Chuck Fleischmann; UPF Federal Project Director John Eschenberg; UPF Project Director Brian Reilly; and Eric Thompson, Uranium Processing Facility Project Office.

Mar 18, 2015 at 2:51 pm

NNSA BlogThis week, NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Madelyn Creedon was at the Savannah River Site. She visited the nation’s only center for extracting, recycling and processing tritium, an isotope of hydrogen that is a vital component to the nation’s nuclear defense. She also visited SRS’ facilities for supporting NNSA’s Nonproliferation-Material Management & Disposition program, and the Savannah River National Laboratory, which is an integral part of the Savannah River Tritium Enterprise, in addition to being an important contributor to NNSA’s nonproliferation missions.

About the photos:
Lee Schifer, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Director of Tritium Operations, and NNSA-Savannah River Field Office Manager Doug Dearolph, show Creedon the Savannah River Tritium Enterprise facilities.

Mar 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm

NNSA BlogTen Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have been selected as 2014 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS).

Those honored are: Michael Armstrong, Chris Barty, Ray Beach, Debbie Callahan, Tony Gonis, Frederic Hartemann, Nobuhiko Izumi, Robert Rudd, James Tobin and Yinmin (Morris) Wang.

APS, a non-profit membership organization, works to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through research journals, scientific meetings, education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. Ten fellows is the highest number of recipients LLNL has garnered in a single year. In the past 30 years, nearly 100 LLNL employees have been elected APS fellows.

Read more about the fellows here.

About the photo:
Top row from left, Michael Armstrong, Chris Barty, Ray Beach, Debbie Callahan, Tony Gonis and Frederic Hartmann. Bottom row from left, Yinmin "Morris" Wang, James Tobin, Robert Rudd and Nobuhiko Izumi.

Mar 12, 2015 at 10:05 am

The clue: This famous square mile is where you will discover the "Science of Security."

The answer: What is Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was featured in an entire category of clues on the TV game show "Jeopardy!," Monday, March 9. Called the "Science of Security," the category featured basic science questions that tie into LLNL facilities and programs, among them laser science and the National Ignition Facility, high performance computing and Sequoia, astrophysics and the GeMINI planet imager, satellite technology and LLNL’s work to track them for traffic control and breakthroughs in nanotechnology.

The LLNL category took place during the double jeopardy round. To test your knowledge of LLNL, click here.

Mar 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm


More than 400 girls, grades six to nine, attended the recent Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons Conference on the Las Positas College campus in California. Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was a sponsor of the 37th annual event. The conference seeks to inspire girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

At this year's conference, “A Window into Your Future,” girls participated in group activities along with 90-minute hands-on workshops in chemistry, biotechnology, computer science, engineering, environmental science and robotics. There also was a career fair for participants and a program for parents on college planning, California university and state college academic requirements, transferring from community college to a four-year university and financial aid.

More than 100 volunteers from Lawrence Livermore, Sandia National Laboratories/California, Las Positas College and the American Association of University Women helped to coordinate the conference.

Mar 10, 2015 at 9:00 am

This weekend, students from the Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Mora, San Miguel, Sandoval and Taos Counties will come together to participate in the 2nd annual Robowave Rally. The event, being held on Saturday, March 7th at the Northern New Mexico Community College, will consist of students working in teams to compete in robotic challenges ranging from beginner to advanced levels.

The event is not only an excellent opportunity for the participants to utilize teamwork and critical thinking skills, but also serves to expose them science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM fields) at an early age.

The rally is also being used as a practice day for the upcoming 13th annual Robowave International, New Mexico’s largest K-16 robotics competition, being held April 30th to May 2nd.

The Robowave Rally Northern New Mexico is supported by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, Northern New Mexico University and a number of other partners.

Mar 6, 2015 at 2:03 pm

The Northwest Career and Technical Academy’s Science Bowl Team had the distinct honor of meeting with members of the Las Vegas City Council yesterday, in recognition of their winning the annual 2015 Nevada Science Bowl on January 30, 2015.

The Nevada Science Bowl is the premier academic competition in the region. NNSA’s Nevada Site Office is the signature sponsor of Nevada Science Bowl. Nevada Science Bowl also receives donations from Northrop-Grumman, National Security Technology (NSTec), Navarro-Intera, Centerra, the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Atomic Testing Museum and VegasPBS.

Read more about the team’s recent victory here.

The high school students will continue on to represent the state in the 2015 National Science Bowl sponsored by the Department of Energy in April 2015.

Mar 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm

NNSA BlogMore than 2,000 middle school students near the Savannah River Site area recently put their engineering skills to the test during National Engineers week.

Science- and engineering-based demonstrations involving lasers, flying objects, dry ice and robotic creatures were introduced to students by employees from Savannah River Site management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS).

Known as “Teach-Ins,” 90 demonstrations were conducted by more than 40 SRNS engineers, scientists and technicians at 19 area middle schools with 7th grade students over a two-week period.

Teach-Ins have proven to be instrumental towards promoting the importance of a high level of math, science and technology literacy. SRNS volunteers provide interactive demonstrations and informative discussions to give students a broader understanding of the field of engineering.

Middle schools in seven nearby South Carolina and Georgia counties have participated in this outreach program managed and sponsored by SRNS since 2008. During this time period, more than 12,000 students from this region have benefited from the creative work and hours of effort provided by hundreds of enthusiastic Teach-In volunteers.

Mar 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

Happy Anniversary! This week, we at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) celebrate the stand-up of our agency. 

Congress established NNSA in 2000 as a separately organized agency within the Department of Energy to manage and ensure the security of the Nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, advance nuclear nonproliferation, and provide critical support to the Nuclear Navy. Much has happened in the last 15 years. Our mission has evolved to address our changing world. Managing the weapons stockpile without underground weapons testing is only one of many NNSA remarkable achievements.

You should be proud to be a part of this vital organization. Each and every day, you and others across the national nuclear security enterprise play a critical role in enhancing America’s security, reducing nuclear dangers, and advancing scientific discovery. Without your strong commitment to NNSA meeting its critical missions, the national security of the United States would not be as strong as it is today. 

We have a busy year ahead of us. This week, we begin a series of Congressional hearings on our budget request for fiscal year 2016.  This year’s request reflects the high priority the Administration places on all of programs, with a proposed 10.2 percent increase across the board and proposed increases in all four of our major appropriations categories. 

The next 15 years promises to be as eventful as the last were. Going forward, NNSA will continue to meet the needs of the Nation, while ensuring we are being effective and efficient stewards of the taxpayers’ money. 

Thank you for everything you do on behalf of the American people. Happy Anniversary! 

Frank Klotz and Madelyn Creedon

“Mission First, People Always.”

Mar 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm

NNSA BlogNNSA has completed a major capital improvement project that has resulted in critical infrastructure upgrades to two key production buildings at the Y-12 National Security Complex. NNSA finished the $75.7 million project nearly 11 months ahead of the construction completion schedule and approximately $5.6 million under budget.

The Nuclear Facilities Risk Reduction project included upgrades to mechanical, electrical, ventilation, and heating/cooling systems for enriched uranium operations in Buildings 9212 and 9204-2E. The project began in 2008, when 10 tasks were identified to make those facilities safer for operations. The project was originally scheduled for completion in 2016.

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About the photo:
At Building 9212, NNSA combined stacks 110 and 43, eliminating use of one exhaust stack. Further improvements on the project include replacing the old bag filtration system with a new cartridge dust collector. Photo courtesy of Y-12.

Feb 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm