WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that the two new fire stations at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) have received Leadership and Energy in Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.
The LEED Gold Certification, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizes facilities and communities for excellence in environmental leadership and energy efficiency.
“As we invest in the future of the nuclear security enterprise that will be required to implement the President’s national security agenda, we are committed to making sure we improve the way we do business,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook. “By ensuring these two fire stations are LEED Gold Certified, we are demonstrating our commitment to being good stewards of tax dollars and promoting design and construction practices that reduce the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improve occupant health and well-being.”
The fire stations were officially dedicated last year and were completed under budget and on time. Construction on the two fire stations began in April 2009. Both stations were built at a cost of about $35 million, significantly under the original $42 million budget.
The fire stations replaced existing stations that had been in use for more than 40 years. The fire stations were built to help improve fire-fighting services not only at NNSS, but for local agencies that rely on the site’s fire units for interagency assistance. Combined, the stations encompass more than 40,000 square feet of space.
Recently, President Obama submitted to Congress a FY 2012 budget request that includes $7.6 billion for NNSA weapons activities, up 8.9 percent from 2011. That budget request includes a significant investment in the NNSA’s ability to leverage the best science and research in the world to maintain our nuclear deterrent and modernize the infrastructure that supports it. It includes a 4.8 percent increase for the Stockpile Support programs, a 3.1 percent increase for Science, Technology and Engineering, and a 21 percent increase for NNSA’s Infrastructure component.
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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.