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NNSA Administrator makes first visit to Savannah River Site

WASHINGTON – Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, who was sworn in Feb. 22 as the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), visited the Savannah River Site (SRS) today, getting an up-close look at one of the facilities that plays an integral role in NNSA’s nuclear security mission.

“I promised Senator Lindsey Graham during my confirmation hearing that I would visit the Savannah River Site to become fully acquainted with this community, and I’m happy to be here today to fulfill that promise,” said Administrator Gordon-Hagerty.  “Savannah River’s workforce is world-class and NNSA is committed to a close partnership with this community.”

Before heading to the site, Administrator Gordon-Hagerty met with several local officials to formally introduce herself and discuss the vital national security work being done at SRS.

At the site, Administrator Gordon-Hagerty met with employees while touring the Savannah River Tritium Enterprise facilities and the Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility.  She also visited K Area for a discussion on the dilute and dispose option for downblending surplus plutonium. 

Administrator Gorgon-Hagerty was joined on the SRS tour by U.S. Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA 12th District).

The visit was also a homecoming of sorts for the Administrator, who started her career while a graduate student in health physics at what was then Savannah River Plant.