WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) officials recently traveled to the Siberian Chemical Combine in Seversk, Russia, to commemorate 15 years of cooperation on security at the largest nuclear complex in the world. On October 11 and 12, NNSA Assistant Deputy Administrator for International Material Protection and Cooperation Dave Huizenga led a delegation of NNSA officials to the Seversk facility, where large quantities of highly enriched uranium and plutonium are produced, processed and stored.
During their visit, NNSA officials saw physical protection and material control and accounting upgrades at the four facilities with special nuclear material and improvements to the training facilities for guard forces personnel. This work was completed as part of NNSA’s Material Protection, Control & Accounting (MPC&A) Program, which strengthens the first line of defense against nuclear theft and terrorism by securing material at its source.
“This month’s anniversary is an important milestone and a vital example of the progress that the U.S. and Russia have made working together to secure nuclear materials and facilities around the world,” said Ken Baker, NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. “Working with our partners in Russia, NNSA’s MPC&A program has played a critical role in addressing common threats and implementing President Obama's unprecedented nuclear security agenda.”
The Siberian Chemical Combine complex supports activities including the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, centrifuge enrichment of uranium, downblending of highly enriched uranium into low enriched uranium and the refurbishment of plutonium and uranium weapon components.
NNSA’s MPC&A program scope includes 37 Russian nuclear material sites, 73 Russian nuclear warhead sites and 13 non-Russian nuclear material sites. The MPC&A program also includes efforts to consolidate and convert weapons-usable nuclear material stocks and to develop a sustainable MPC&A infrastructure in Russia.
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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. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce 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.