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              SRNS begins preliminary plans for pit production plant

             The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has
             tasked and funded SRNS to begin preliminary planning
             work related to producing plutonium pits at the Savannah   “The preliminary plans SRNS is developing show how we
             River Site (SRS). This is an enduring mission that is vital for   will make use of SRS’ expertise, existing facilities, and
             strengthening the nation’s nuclear security.        infrastructure to start up and carry out this important
             In May 2018, NNSA and the Department of Defense    work, which builds on the site’s historical service to the
             announced that the Nuclear Weapons Council had certified      Nation’s nuclear security.”
             that the NNSA’s recommended alternative for recapitalization      Stuart MacVean
             of the nation’s defense plutonium capabilities “represents a
             resilient and responsive option to meet DoD requirements.”
             NNSA’s recommended alternative repurposes the Mixed
             Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at SRS to produce plutonium   infrastructure to start up and carry out this important work,
             pits while also maximizing pit production activities at Los   which builds on the site’s historical service to the Nation’s
             Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.         nuclear security,” said Stuart MacVean, SRNS President
             SRNS has established and mobilized initial teams for both   and CEO.
             the transition of the former MOX facility and the development   NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S.
             of the proposed production plant at SRS. This initial work,   Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national
             which includes a conceptual design of the proposed plant,   security through the military application of nuclear science.
             will provide the information needed to inform upcoming   NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and
             decision-making, approvals, and funding, all of which will   effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without
             be needed before the physical work to establish the pit   nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce the global danger
             production plant can be performed.                from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy
             “The preliminary plans SRNS is developing show how we   with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to
             will make use of SRS’ expertise, existing facilities, and   nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.

         EM Operations strengthens disciplined ops

         through expanded continuing training

        Recently, SRNS Environmental Management Operations (EMO)   a chance to refresh themselves on procedures, facility processes
        implemented an expanded continuing training (CT) plan that will   and conduct of operations on a continuous basis.”
        strengthen disciplined operations and employees’ knowledge of   EMO worked closely with the SRNS Training Department to
        conduct of operations in the EMO facilities at SRS.
                                                               coordinate and prepare training materials.
        “A recent influx of new and inexperienced operators coupled   “This training will be taken by all operators, first line managers, shift
        with aging facilities could result in gaps in the areas of conduct   technical engineers and shift operations managers working in the
        of operations and facility knowledge,” said DOE-Savannah River   EMO facilities,” said Janice Lawson, Deputy Vice President of EMO.
        Nuclear Materials Manager Maxcine Maxted. “DOE recognized   “We appreciate DOE helping us address and resolve our challenges
        the need for continuing training, while also realizing that pulling   in these areas. SRNS is strong in nuclear operations experience
        people from their shifts to train would impact work being done in   and capability, and CT will help us continue to demonstrate
        the facilities. We partnered with SRNS to identify ways to address   excellence in the important work we do for our nation.”
        training needs on off-shifts, which is a deviation from normal
        operations procedure. This ensures that employees are allowed
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