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September 2013

B&W Pantex volunteers dish up barbecue at the recent Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Good Times Celebration and Barbecue Cookoff. For more than a decade, Pantex has been a leading contributor at the event, which is the Chamber’s largest fundraising event of the year. Pantex firefighters cooked up more than 500 pounds of meat for the cookoff.

 Pantex firefighters cook it up

Pantex firefighters cook it up

National Security Technologies LLC, (NSTec) the management and operating contractor for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) near Las Vegas, has provided more than $2 million over the past five years to scholarships and grants in support of science, technology, engineering and math in southern Nevada and across the country.

From partnerships with at-risk elementary and middle schools, to internships and programs at the collegiate level, the site is reaching out to students to ensure that the future’s workforce gains much-needed experience in support of national security. Such efforts also help the state of Nevada retain talent. NNSS contributes to more than 3,400 jobs and an economic impact in the state of approximately $1.5 billion annually.

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 2013 NNSA Defense Programs Science Council

Members of the 2013 NNSA Defense Programs Science Council include, from left to right, Steven Trujillo from Sandia National Laboratories, Cris Barnes from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Steven Wyrick from the Savannah River National Laboratory, who represents NNSA's production sites, Ronald Streit from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Kathleen Alexander from NNSA headquarters who serves as chairperson of the council.

The Science Council was re-established in 2010 by Deputy Administrator of Defense Programs, Don Cook, to investigate and explore cross-cutting science, technology and engineering issues and opportunities that have an impact across NNSA. The Science Council supports the NNSA’s Defense Programs in a wide range of areas including promoting the best science and technology throughout the enterprise, analyzing stockpile planning and hedge strategies, and communications such as support to the NNSA Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan development. In addition, the Science Council also supports the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Office of Counterintelligence, DoD and other federal agencies in areas aligned to Defense Programs interests. The Science Council has representatives from each of the three NNSA national security laboratories and one person representing the production sites.


NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations recently hosted Illinois emergency responders during an Aerial Measuring System (AMS) Technical Exchange meeting at NNSA’s Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) in Las Vegas, Nev.

The technical exchange consisted of sharing information regarding techniques, processes, systems, capabilities and data analysis for aerial radiological measuring. As part of the exchange, AMS flights were conducted in the Las Vegas area and at the Nevada National Security Site.

The Illinois AMS Technical Exchange involved the state’s Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Illinois Department of Transportation representatives exchanging information with members of the NNSA AMS and Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) teams. The primary goal was to discuss how the state and federal emergency response units can effectively collaborate when responding to nuclear/radiological events.

The exchange was part of NNSA’s ongoing emergency preparedness and response outreach. NNSA currently collaborates with multiple domestic and international organizations on projects to improve emergency preparedness and response programs, as well as on activities to improve emergency management infrastructure worldwide.

 NNSA hosts Illinois emergency responders during technical exchange meeting

B&W Y-12 recently donated $10,000 to the Children’s Museum in Oak Ridge to help support the museum’s programs, including its planned Healthy Living exhibit. Y-12 previously donated $15,000 to turn the museum’s current space exhibit into a “Rocket Room,” taking children on an imaginary trip to Mars.

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B&W Y-12 Public Affairs Manager Jud Simmons discusses ongoing projects with Mary Ann Damos, Executive Director of the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum, in the museum’s environmental center and gardens.

Y-12 donates 0,000 to Children’s Museum

Secretary Moniz and Director General of the Russian Federation State Corporation “Rosatom” Sergey Kirienko signed an agreement this week to further collaborate on nuclear and energy-related research and development. The agreement was signed at the IAEA General Conference being held this week in Vienna, Austria. It includes research being done at laboratories, institutes and facilities and covers topics such as nuclear technology, nonproliferation, fundamental and applied science, energy and environment. It expands on and complements a prior agreement that was signed in January 2011.

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Contributing to DOE/NNSA’s efforts to support the Office of Personnel Management’s Feds Feed Families campaign to collect non-perishable food items for food banks across the country, NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) removed more than one ton of food from their pantries and store shelves; safely and securely transporting it to local food banks where it will be used to assist local area families in need. This year’s collection of 2,185.8 pounds of foods shattered last year’s total of 1,115.6 pounds of food donated to Washington, D.C., area food banks. This effort directly supported the DOE-wide efforts of collecting more that 190,000 pounds of non-perishable food items and household goods, that was donated to local food banks for direct distribution to those in need in the D.C. area.

NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative Removes More Than One Ton of Food

For more than 70 years, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a frontrunner in explosives research, development and applications. To highlight the LANL’s work in the field of explosives, the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos is opening a new exhibit titled “The Science of Explosives” on Sept. 18.

The exhibit shows in pictures, words and videos how decades of cutting-edge research has made the Laboratory a worldwide leader in explosives applications. It will feature LANL’s work with explosives, from synthesis of new molecules to waste treatment. The exhibit also examines a variety of scenarios with many applications, ranging from explosives assessment and lethality to detonation and wave physics and blast effects.

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A typical explosives experiment fired in front of the PHERMEX bunker produces a brilliant fireball long after the hydrodynamics measurements have been recorded. PHERMEX was the location for more than 1,000 hydrotests and was the premier radiographic test facility during the Cold War.

LANL highlights explosives work

B&W Pantex continued its remarkable safety record in 2013, once again receiving honors from the Department of Energy Voluntary Protection Program (DOE VPP).

For the second year in a row, DOE awarded B&W Pantex the VPP Star of Excellence for its safety performance, singling out the plant as one of the top safety performers within the DOE. This is the fourth year Pantex has been honored by the VPP.

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 Pantex once again awarded Star of Excellence for outstanding safety record

Employees of the NNSA Production Office (NPO) have donated 17,348 pounds of food as part of the annual U.S. Department of Energy’s “Feds Feed Families” campaign. The campaign, which ended on Sept. 6, surpassed the goal of 17,000 pounds.

The NPO donations are supporting the efforts of the High Plains Food Bank, Amarillo, Texas, and the Second Harvest Food Bank, Maryville, Tenn.

The Feds Feed Families campaign is a voluntary effort undertaken by federal employees across the country to provide non-perishable food items to local food banks. Since the start of this effort five years ago, federal employees have donated more than 15 million pounds of food to support families across America.

NNSA Production Office tops Feds Feed Families campaign goal

NNSA Production Office tops Feds Feed Families campaign goal