Atomic Histories & Nuclear Testing
LANL’s Central Mission: Los Alamos Lab officials have recently claimed that LANL has moved away from primarily nuclear weapons to “national security”, but what truly remains as the Labs central mission? Here’s the answer from one of its own documents:
LANL’s “Central Mission”- Presented at: RPI Nuclear Data 2011 Symposium for Criticality Safety and Reactor Applications (PDF) 4/27/11
The following Directive has been added to the DOE Directives Portal:
The Directives Review Board (DRB) has conducted a review of DOE Orders that invoke Technical Standards. The DRB determined which Technical Standards should be invoked; developed boilerplate language for the invoking of Technical Standards; and updated affected Orders for clarity and consistency.
The following Orders were updated to clarify which Technical Standards are invoked:
- DOE O 458.1 Chg 4 (LtdChg), Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment
- To establish requirements to protect the public and the environment against undue risk from radiation associated with radiological activities conducted under the control of the Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA). Supersedes DOE O 458.1 Chg 3 (AdminChg), dated 1-15-2013.
Important Documents Related to the Nuclear Weapons Complex
This article presents a summary of ongoing work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to assess how radioactive decay in plutonium affects its material properties as they relate to the performance of nuclear weapons. This work is a continuation of the joint plutonium aging study done by Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National laboratories. That original work was extensively peer reviewed by a number of external technical groups to include a JASON review in 2006.
This continuing work shows that no unexpected aging issues are appearing in plutonium that has been accelerated to an equivalent of ~ 150 years of age.
January 3, 2020
Labs Directors’ 2010 Letters to House Armed Services Committee – January 2010
Republican Senators’ Letter on Modernization and START Sent to President Obama – December 15, 2009
FY 2010-2014 Supplement To The Stockpile Stewardship Plan, NNSA – December 2009
Read the study, to which we contributed, that explored the possibility of consolidating the nuclear weapons complex:
Transforming the U.S. Strategic Posture and Weapons Complex For Transition to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World, Nuclear Weapons Complex Consolidation Policy Network*, April 2009
*The members of the Nuclear Weapons Complex Consolidation Policy Network include Nuclear Watch New Mexico along with national organizations: the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Project On Government Oversight; Tri-Valley CAREs, near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab; the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, near the Kansas City Plant; and JustPeace of Texas, near the Pantex Plant.
America’s Strategic Posture-The Final Report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States – May 2009
Reducing The Cost Of The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex, Testimony of Richard Garwin – March 17, 2009
NNSA’s FY 2008 Performance Evaluation Report for the Los Alamos National Security, LLC’s Management and Operation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Performance Period: October 1, 2007 Through September 30, 2008
Final Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Complex Transformation SPEIS, DOE/EIS-0236-S4) – October 2008
Facts Vs. Claims about LANL’s Role in Complex Transformation – March 13, 2008
Nuclear Weapons Complex Transformation SPEIS (as a single, searchable PDF)– January 2008
Radiological Effluents Released from U. S. Continental Tests 1961 through 1992 (DOE/NV_317), U.S. DOE – August 1996
Linking Legacies– Connecting the Cold War Nuclear Weapons Production Processes to Their Environmental Consequences, U.S. DOE – January 1997
Update Of The Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis And Development Of Seismic Design Ground Motions At The Los Alamos National Laboratory(PSHA) Prepared for Los Alamos National Laboratory by Wong, el al, URS Corporation Seismic Hazards Group – 25 May, 2007
JASON Plutonium Pit Lifetime Report – November 28, 2006
Declaration of J Carson Mark (Regarding DARHT) – October 20, 1995
JASON Review of Remanufacturing Nuclear Weapons Components –Senior nuclear weapons scientists say pit lifetimes are now discussed as 60 to 90 years.
All comments on these documents, unless otherwise stated, are made by Nuclear Watch NM
A White Paper: Pursuing a New Nuclear Weapons Policy for the 21st Century
by Paul Robinson, President and Director, Sandia National Laboratories
Managing the Nation’s Nuclear Materials: The 2025 Vision for the Department of Energy Comments:
December 2000 Physics Today article Science-Based Stockpile Stewardship by Raymond Jeanloz