WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the completion of a transfer of excess material handling equipment that helped save the taxpayers up to $8 million.
Originally purchased in the 1980s, the equipment was essentially a small “clean room” that would have permitted workers to perform maintenance in controlled environments. Before it was placed into service, the equipment was deemed surplus, and was awaiting disposition. Instead of destroying and disposing of the equipment, which has an acquisition value of more than $8 million, NNSA and Y-12 arranged to transfer it to the Department of Defense’s Rock Island Arsenal facility for use in support of research, development and production activities.
By arranging to transfer this equipment to the Defense Department, NNSA and Y-12 helped preserve an $8 million taxpayer investment by avoiding destruction and disposal of this equipment as scrap and solid waste.
“As we work to transform a Cold War-era nuclear weapons complex into a 21st century nuclear security enterprise, we are committed to finding creative ways to be good stewards of the taxpayer’s money,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas P. D’Agostino. “In this case, we worked hard to find an alternate uses for excess equipment, helping eliminate the need for the Defense Department to procure $8 million-worth of special equipment and cutting unnecessary storage expenses at our site.”
The material handling system was originally purchased by the Y-12 National Security Complex in the early 1980s to process components and items in an environmentally controlled environment. The system was essentially a small “clean room” in which items being serviced would be protected from dirt and uncontrolled humidity during maintenance operations. Evolving mission needs and priorities however eliminated the need for this type of equipment at the Y-12 National Security Complex. Several years ago, the Department of Energy and NNSA determined the system excess to DOE needs and could be disposed of as excess.
In seeking reuse of the equipment, NNSA worked with the DOE Savannah River Site (SRS), the Department of Homeland Security as well as DoD to determine potential reuse options. While the equipment failed to meet the technical specifications of SRS and DHS technical needs, DoD identified a need for which this equipment was suitable to support its needs. To support transfer to Rock Island, DoD arranged for trucking services while NNSA provided loading support at Y-12.
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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.