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HASC wants CMRR decision reassessed

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Lab: Project has been deferred by NNSA and administration

By The Staff

The deferred Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement project at LANL still has some fans in Washington.

And most of them are on the House Armed Services Committee in addition to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

According to the trade publication Nuclear Materials Monitor, the HASC is not ready to approve the National Nuclear Security Administration’s request to reprogram $120 million for an alternate plutonium strategy.

In fact, the HASC is insistent that there should be widespread changes in management across the weapons complex.

The trade publication and the Los Alamos Study Group obtained a letter from HASC Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) to DOE Deputy Chief Financial Officer Joanne Choi, which took offense with the decision to defer construction of the CMRR-NF. That decision prompted DOE to ask the government to reprogram funds to pursue an alternative plutonium strategy.

In his letter, McKeon called the deferral “hasty” with “poorly understood” impacts that are based on “only the most rudimentary and preliminary analysis,” McKeon urged the Administration — “at the highest levels ”— to reassess the decision to defer the CMRR-NF and consider broader management reforms.


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