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NNSA Receives Customer of the Year Award from Defense Logistics Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that NNSA and the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) have received the Defense Logistics Agency’s 2011 Customer of the Year Award. DLA recognized NNSA and DOE for providing secure storage and full inventory accountability of an excess stockpile of deuterium oxide, more commonly known as heavy water, owned by DLA Energy.

The award recognizes NNSA’s responsible stewardship in providing storage and accountability of the material while serving the best interests of the environment, taxpayer and national security. The Department of Defense inventory of heavy water was transferred to NNSA and consolidated at the Y-12 National Security Complex.

“This award is a prime example of NNSA’s commitment to serving the nation’s security interests and protecting the environment,” said Brad Peterson, Chief and Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security. “This achievement highlights NNSA’s extraordinary efforts in assisting other agencies to be effective stewards of the taxpayers’ resources. The award further demonstrates that NNSA continues to improve the way it does business while maintaining the highest security standards.”

After DLA stopped supporting the Mid-Infrared Advanced Chemical Laser (MIRACL) program in 2008, DLA Energy was left with a surplus inventory of heavy water. NNSA worked with DLA Energy to take ownership of the excess heavy water and deuterium and transfer it to Y-12. 

The transfer of the material required high-level and specialized coordination. NNSA assisted DLA Energy in navigating the coordination process and completing the required documentation.

In addition, NNSA was honored for providing superior administrative assistance, exceptional guidance and specialized surveillance and storage capabilities while the final agency-to-agency transfer was completed.  

The award will be presented to NNSA on June 28 in Columbus, Ohio, at the 2011 DLA Industry conference and exhibition.

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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.