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The National Nuclear Security Administration released its Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan (SSMP) for the 2016 fiscal year Thursday.
The NNSA, which is part of the Department of Energy, is tasked with managing the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile.
The 2016 plan is similar to the one proposed by the NNSA last fiscal year, but the new report did not some significant changes. One of those changes directly affects Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Specifically, additional resources have been devoted by the NNSA to executing the country’s plutonium strategy.
That will change the timeline of work at the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research building at LANL to cease programmatic operations by 2019.
Activity from the CMR building will be moved to the new Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility. The goal for the change is to bump up war reserve production capacity to as many as 80 plutonium pits by 2030.
Funding for CMRR was deferred by the federal government in 2012.
Preparing for CMR shutdown will include maximizing the use of the RLUOB facility by installing additional plutonium-handling equipment and repurposing underused space at PF-4.
NNSA stated it may also take the step in the future to construct additions to TA-55 to aid in the transfer.

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