No Raise for Failed Management at NNSA

Mar 5, 2013 No Comments ›› orepa

News trickling out of Washington, DC indicates the Uranium Processing Facility—the flagship nuclear weapons production plant for the “modernized” nuclear weapons complex—is in line for funding increases in the FY2104 budget (as much as $1Billion increase over five years) and in the Continuing Resolution being hashed out right now.
OREPA has prepared a fact sheet outlining [...]

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Can NNSA do Safety and Security at the same time?

Mar 3, 2013 5 Comments ›› orepa

Years ago, when then-candidate John McCain suggested cancelling a presidential debate in order to return to Washington, DC to tend to a fiscal crisis (they were novel then), his opponent, candidate Barack Obama, responded that he was ready to debate. “A president has to be able to do more than one thing at a time,” [...]

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Haste Makes Waste—UPF Mistake Cost $539 Million

Feb 26, 2013 1 Comment ›› orepa

No One Held Accountable Yet: TIME TO PUT THE BRAKES ON UPF SPENDING UNTIL MANAGEMENT AND SECURITY PROBLEMS ARE ADDRESSED
 
It is one of those lessons we are supposed to learn in kindergarten—or at least in elementary school. Haste makes waste.
 
The Department of Energy knows it. In DOE Guidance 413.3-5, the agency cautions that efforts to [...]

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NNSA Identifies Culprit Responsible for UPF Design Fiasco—the Software Did It!

Feb 18, 2013 Comments Off orepa

TOO BIG TO FAIL? DON’T BET ON IT
When three nonviolent peace activists breached the fences at the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex last July (Transform Now Plowshares), it cost the government somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 million dollars, not counting numerous investigations, to address the security deficiencies that were revealed by the incursion. Names were [...]

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SECURITY VULNERABILITIES BEING DESIGNED INTO UPF

Feb 16, 2013 Comments Off orepa

One might think, if one were designing a facility to produce thermonuclear weapons of mass destruction, that the first design consideration would be security. One would be wrong—if one were working for the US National Nuclear Security Administration designing the Uranium Processing Facility for the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN, that is.
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