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Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2011 completed the manufacture of the 29th war-reserve-quality plutonium pit for the W88 warhead, as part of the U.S. Stockpile Stewardship Program. LANL defended its plutonium pit program this week in the wake of a critical report.
LANL defends plutonium production in wake of report

Los Alamos National Laboratory is fighting back this week in the wake of a critical report on safety issues at its plutonium production facility.

The report by Patrick Malone and Jared Bennett of the Center of Public Integrity was published beginning Sunday and describes a safety review shutdown in 2013 that has slowed work on the manufacture and testing of new and existing plutonium pits at LANL.

An internal LANL memo obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor sent to employees Monday at the facility assured PF-4 employees that the facility is safe and ready to expand its plutonium pit manufacturing program.

“Since 2013, PF-4 programmatic operations and safety management programs have successfully completed seventeen independent external assessments – nine Contractor Readiness Assessments and eight Federal Readiness Assessments,” said LANL Principal Associate Director of Operations and Business Craig Leasure in the memo. 

Leasure also assured workers that PF-4 has the full support of the Department of Energy in its efforts to ramp up plutonium pit production.

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