Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories this week. While in Los Alamos, he visited LANL and the new biological laboratory built by the New Mexico Consortium to explore alternative fuel sources from algae and other plants. Secretary Moniz said that Los Alamos and all the DOE labs have a major role in addressing two key initiatives of the President. While at Sandia, Moniz held a meeting with labs staff and saw presentations from researchers showcasing Sandia technology in topics ranging from solar and photovoltaics, to energy and climate.
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(top) Dick Sayre, left, of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Bioscience Division and the New Mexico Consortium, briefs DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology President Daniel Lopez, New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan Tuesday at the New Mexico Consortium biological laboratory.
(bottom) Mark Taylor, Lead Developer for Numerical Analysis & Applications at Sandia, gives a presentation to Sandia President & Laboratories Director Paul Hommert, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Jill Hruby, Vice President, Energy, Nonproliferation & High Consequence Security and the International, Homeland & Nuclear Security Mission).
DOE and NNSA employees still have the opportunity to participate in DOE’s Feeds Families campaign. The deadline for the campaign has been extended through Friday, Sept. 6. The goal is to collect more than 212,000 pounds of non-perishable items.
Employees can drop off non-perishable items in boxes located throughout the Forrestal, Germantown and L’Enfant buildings or at field offices. Collected items will be donated to local food banks and distributed to those in need.
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.
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The preamplifiers of the National Ignition Facility are the first step in increasing the energy of laser beams as they make their way toward the target chamber.
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.
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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.
A former U.S. Army reserve equipment facility on the former Fort Chaffee property in Ark. is now a modernized logistics support site for NNSA’s Office of Secure Transportation (OST). The property, which had a commercial value estimated at $30-35 million, was acquired at no cost through the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 1990. The OST Training Command is located at Fort Chaffee.
Transfer of the Army facility was accepted by Jeff Harrell, OST Assistant Deputy Administrator, in April of this year. Constructed in 1984, it had been empty for several years prior to the transfer.
After $1.8 million in improvements, it was recently opened for warehousing of supplies and equipment, office space for thirty-five employees and a fully functional vehicle maintenance facility. The nearly 40,000 square foot warehouse and 29,000 square foot vehicle maintenance facility sit on 39 acres of land. The additional acreage of the facility improves the driver training portion of OST’s agent candidate training class. Now the whole training course can be conducted simultaneously at multiple stations. OST’s Logistics and Property Management Branch moved into the facility from several buildings, which will save OST an estimated $50,000 per year in rental costs.
Personnel moved into the new facility in May and the ribbon cutting took place at the end of June to officially dedicate the facility and recognize individuals who contributed to different phases over the life of the project.
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Pictured left to right: Dr. William “Jim” Vosburg, Office of Training and Resources (OTR), Manager; Jeffery P. Harrell, Office of Secure Transportation, Assistant Deputy Administrator; and Mike Callahan, Logistics and Property Management Branch Chief in OTR.
On Aug. 23, Sandia National Laboratories received an ASML Scanner as part of the Sandia Silicon Fabrication Recapitalization (SSiFR) project. Once fully operating, the ASML Scanner will help reduce risks to production, research and development at the Silicon Fab (SiFab), specifically for the W88 ALT 380 and B61-12 LEP. The ASML Scanner is a piece of photolithography equipment which is the main component of the production process.
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Ken Sheely (far right), NNSA Program Executive Officer and Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Infrastructure and Operations (NA-00), stands in front of the crane that delivered a major new piece of equipment to the MESA Complex. Joining Ken (from left to right) were Jeff Chamberlin, NA-00.1, Dale Hetherington, Sandia National Laboratories, Bill Wechsler, NA-00-SN.
Last week, NNSA conducted an advanced course in radiation medical (Advanced I-MED) training in Taiwan. The course provided participants with in-depth information on how to treat injured contaminated patients following a radiation incident. During one of the demonstrations, Dr. Carol Iddins, from the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education, taught participants how to handle a contaminated injured patient.
The NNSA quarterly summary of experiments conducted as part of its science-based stockpile stewardship program is now available. The summary presents descriptions of key NNSA facilities that have recently conducted stockpile stewardship experiments..
The quarterly summary prepared by NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs provides descriptions of key NNSA facilities that conduct stockpile stewardship experiments. These include the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories.
The U.S. Stockpile Stewardship Program is a robust program of scientific inquiry used to sustain and assess the nuclear weapons stockpile without the use of underground nuclear tests. The experiments carried out within the program are used in combination with complex computational models and NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing Program to assess the safety, security and effectiveness of the stockpile.