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a fire premium more than that charged in its jurisdiction is being proposed and a state government nod will be required for its implementation, Inc. and the University of California — received 74 percent or $107 million of the $144 million in profits available to them from the NNSA in the category that includes pit production and surveillance (all their actual expenses are separately reimbursed every year by the government) In its November 2016 evaluation which was informed in part by the contractors’ assessment of their own performance the NNSA explained the payout “The Laboratory exceeded expectations” in its progress toward being ready to fully resume activities in PF-4 the evaluation said Spokesmen for the companies as well as their joint consortium declined comment Marvin Adams a nuclear physicist at Texas A&M who has been a consultant to Los Alamos’s work with warhead pits said that “If they continue on their path to get everything back up and running I am pretty comfortable” But he added that he would worry if a safety shutdown was again required “Starting and stopping in this business is a huge issue” Adams said “You cannot fire these people and then go out on the street and hire them or replace them” But criticality experts remain worried One of those who went to see Miller the NNSA director in 2011 to complain about criticality safety was Jerry McKamy a former NNSA nuclear physicist who is now a senior expert at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board He declined to be interviewed for this article but made clear in a trade journal article last December that the nuclear complex’s poor handling of criticality safety has been endemic Citing the safety history at Los Alamos and other facilities McKamy wrote that “DOE and its contractors have repeatedly shown they are not capable of anticipating and preventing serious criticality safety problems” They have persistently ignored “written and credible warnings by criticality safety and management experts” he wrote Klotz the NNSA director has tried to be upbeat In March he told hundreds of nuclear contractors packed into a Washington hotel ballroom for an industry gathering that PF-4 was fully back in business having “safely resumed all plutonium activities there after a three-year pause” He emphasized that Los Alamos had “assembled a production development pit” and said that work on a particular modernized warhead — due for delivery to the Navy in less than two years — provided proof of “the NNSA’s ability and the ability of our M&O partners” — contractors — to deliver updated nuclear weapons “on time and on budget” But a subsequent analysis by the Government Accountability Office clashed with Klotz’s description In an April report on costs associated with the NNSA’s ongoing nuclear weapon modernization campaign the GAO disclosed the existence of an internal NNSA report forecasting that PF-4 will be unable to meet a congressional demand for production of 30 new pits per year by 2026 as part of a 30-year $1 trillion nuclear weapons update It said the pit production schedule is likely to slip two to three years The “production development pit” Klotz referenced during his March 1 speech and publicized in photos released by NNSA was actually made during a practice run and so it could not be used in the arsenal according to current and former government officials with access to classified information about the work Then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited PF-4 at Los Alamos in Sept 2016 Flickr/Los Alamos National Lab After Carter donned a protective moon-suit to witness the event he issued a statement saying that “a strong plutonium science and manufacturing capability is essential to the US nuclear deterrent and cannot be underestimated” But he declined through a spokesman to say exactly what he was told by the lab during his visit about the status of the production effort Moreover late last year when Los Alamos conducted its first scheduled destructive test of a plutonium pit since the shutdown of PF-4 more than three years ago it did not produce the needed results according to NNSA’s annual evaluation of Los Alamos’ performance last year The test involved the core of a refurbished warhead scheduled to be delivered to the Navy by the end of 2019 for use atop the Trident missiles carried by US submarines It “resulted in a ‘no test’ and loss of the test asset [pit] as a result of test set up issues” according to the NNSA report Another destructive pit test scheduled for last year — after being delayed for at least a year — had to be abandoned outright because a nuclear safety analysis of the work wasn’t completed the NNSA’s evaluation of the lab said Other plutonium work at PF-4 also has not fully resumed At a public hearing in Santa Fe on June 7 the head of NNSA’s oversight office at Los Alamos said that federal permission in particular has not been granted for renewed work with plutonium liquids which is needed to purify plutonium taken from older warheads for reuse normally a routine practice Safety official McConnell also told the hearing that while Los Alamos is making progress it still has been unable to resolve the safety issue that provoked its shutdown four years ago namely an acute shortage of engineers who are trained in how to keep the plutonium from becoming “critical” and fissioning uncontrollably on its own because too much of it is concentrated in a particular space “They’re not where we need them yet” he said of the lab and its managers McConnell also disclosed that NNSA is now quietly studying whether to keep plutonium pit operations at Los Alamos Options being considered include upgrading the facilities there or “adding capabilities or leveraging existing capabilities elsewhere in the country at other sites where plutonium is already present or has been used” Active NNSA sites that fit that description include the Savannah River Site in South Carolina the Pantex plant in Texas and the Nevada National Security Site The NNSA expects to complete its analysis by late summer “The lab has struggled to hire experienced engineers” the lab’s criticality safety chief said in the presentation to colleagues at Sandia last month “We recognize and acknowledge that we are on a multi-year journey to eliminate resource constraints and to become completely compliant with national standards" A separate Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board report in February detailed the magnitude of the shortfall: Los Alamos’ dangerous work it said demands 27 fully qualified criticality safety engineers The lab has 10 Part I Repeated safety lapses hobble Los Alamos National Laboratory’s work on the cores of US nuclear warheads Parts III IV and V If you are a current or former employee of the National Nuclear Security Administration the Energy Department or one of its contractors and you know of events incidents actions decisions conditions or documents worthy of our attention please contact Patrick Malone (PGP 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