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It’s really close.
That was the assessment of Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan when he talked about the Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrade Project at Technical Area 55.
“We are very close to completing a complex project,” McMillan told those gathered at a regional leaders breakfast at Buffalo Thunder Resort last week. “I can’t take you out there to show it to you, but I can tell you, it is very cool.”
The project has an interesting history and because of cost overruns, it was one of the reasons why the lab did not receive another year on its contract during its evaluation by the National Nuclear Security Administration.
“It’s not just a fence,” McMillan said. “It is a very integrated system complete with sensors.”
According to the Nuclear Deterrence Monitor, the lab is expecting to remain just under the project’s $244.2 million cost cap. That came from an industry official who had knowledge of the project and shared that knowledge with the trade publication.
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